His speech comes just after Syria agreed to turn over it's chemical weapons. But the president says while he's hopeful the situation can end diplomatically, he's still prepared to take action if the nation fails to do what it's promised. President obama stated in his speech that more than 100 thousand people have died during Syria's civil war. He said he wanted to keep out of their war, until August 21st happened. That's when the nation chemically attacked and killed more than a thousand civilians. The president says chemical crime shouldn't be tolerated.
"Indeed I'd ask every member of congress and those of you watching at home tonight to view those videos of the attack and then ask what kind of world would we live in if the United States of America sees a dictator brazenly violate international law with poison gas and we choose to look the other way," said President Obama.
The president said he will put a pause on congress deliberations of a possible military strike in pursuit of a diplomatic solution to Syria.