US President Barack Obama (C) delivers a statement on Syria during a meeting with Latvia President Andris Berzins (L), Estonia President Toomas Hendrik Ilves (2nd L) Lithuania's President Dalia Grybauskaite (2nd R) and Vice President Joe Biden (R) at the White House in Washington, DC, August 30, 2013. Obama said Friday he had taken no 'final decision' on striking Syria but that the world could not accept the gassing of women and children. Calling Syria's alleged use of chemical weapons a threat to US national security, Obama said the response would be 'narrow' and 'limited.' Photo: JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images
UNITED STATES -- President Obama on Friday said that military action taken in Syria would not involve "boots on the ground."
This follows a report released by the U.S. today that the Syrian government used chemical weapons on its own people, killing more than 1,400 including hundreds of children.
Calling it "a challenge to the world," Obama said the use of chemical weapons threatens U.S. national security and merits a response.
Obama said that he and his military team are looking at a wide range of options on how to respond, but that they are considering a "limited, narrow act" to help make sure that it is known that the international community cares about the ban on chemical weapons.
Politicians Speak Out
Representative John Garamendi continues to speak out about potential action in
"There is no imminent threat," Garamendi said.
Rep. Garamendi says we need to be slow with our actions in going to war and that there are still possible consequences that have not yet been discussed.
California Congresswoman Doris Matsui is also responding. In a press release Matsui said it's apparant the regime of Bashar Assad used chemical weapons, but also says the decision to use military action can never be taken lightly.
Matsui says she was pleased by the Secretary of State John Kerry addressing the public and provides specifics to Congress before any action is taken.
Matsui says the U.S. must not repeat the mistakes of the past by failing to fully consider and understand the costs, risks, and implications of military options.
Secretary of State John Kerry Discusses Syria
Obama asked Secretary of State John Kerry to detail the intelligence community's findings and announce the release of the report before he made his own comments.You can hear the complete audio from his speech and review the report below.
LISTEN: Secretary of State John Kerry discusses Syria