(WBNG Binghamton) In a public address Saturday, President Obama said he is ready to take military action in Syria, but will wait for approval from Congress.
"While I believe I have the authority to carry out this military action without specific military authorization, I know that the country will be stronger if we take this course," President Obama said.
Obama took the podium just before 2 p.m. Saturday at the Rose Garden to explain his plan.
In the address, he said the White House has evidence Syrian President Bashar Assad's regime did employ the use of chemical weapons. He said an attack on August 21 killed more than 1,400 people, and that included more than 400 children.
"My question for every member of Congress and every member of the global community... What message will we send if a dictator can gas hundreds of children to death in plain sight and pay no price?"
The United Nations is working to investigate whether chemical weapons were used. UN inspectors arrived in the Netherlands Saturday after collecting evidence from the location of the alleged attack. However, it could be weeks before they complete their report.
On Sunday, Secretary of State John Kerry said the U.S. has evidence they were used. He said samples taken from the site tested positive for Sarin.
Meanwhile, protests against military action have erupted across the country, from Boston, MA, to San Francisco, CA, and even in London.
Senate and House officials said Congress is expected to vote on the decision the week of September 9. President Obama said Saturday there is no time line for when he could give the go-ahead for military action.