President Barack Obama said Tuesday that any military action in war-torn Syria would be "limited" and "proportional" and would not involve "boots on the ground."
"This is not Iraq. This is not Afghanistan," he said. "This is a limited, proportional step that will send a message not only to the Assad regime, but to other countries that may be interested in testing these international norms, that there are consequences."
Obama said he wants Congress to hold a "prompt vote... early next week" authorizing the use of force, and that he expects lawmakers to approve the request. When asked whether he was confident Congress would pass it, he responded "I am."
Obama is meeting with leaders of the national security committees at the White House today. House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif. and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky, also attended. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev. was not there.
Obama said he had "high confidence" the Syrian government used chemical weapons in "indiscriminate fashion" killing more than 1,000 people, including 400 children. That, he says, poses a "serious national security threat to the United States and the region."
Obama declined to answer a question from a report about whether he would support changing the resolution that he sent to Congress this weekend. But several lawmakers say the resolution is too broad and must be narrowed.