Sept. 4 - U.S. President Obama says the credibility of the U.S. and international community is on the line as he presses the case for military action in Syria. Deborah Lutterbeck reports.
President Barack Obama issued a blunt challenge to the international community and skeptical U.S. lawmakers as he continued to make the case for a military strike in Syria over its suspected use of chemical weapons. (SOUNDBITE) (English) UNITED STATES PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA SAYING: "When I said, in a press conference that my calculus about what's happening in Syria would be altered by the use of chemical weapons, which the overwhelming consensus of humanity says is wrong, that wasn't something I just kind of made up - I didn't pluck it out of thin air." Obama is in Sweden ahead of the G20 summit in Russia. (SOUNDBITE) (English) UNITED STATES PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA SAYING: "My credibility is not on the line. the international community's credibility is on the line and America and Congress' credibility is on the line because we give lip service to the notion that these international norms are important." Obama has taken a big political gamble by delaying military action in Syria and instead trying to convince a divided U.S. Congress to grant authorization for a strike in Syria.