Kerry says United States Cannot be 'Spectators to Slaughter' in Syria

Sep 3, 2013 5:54 PM

Confronting skeptics of an attack on Syria, Secretary of State John Kerry said Tuesday that the world is watching and wants to know whether the United States will “rise to this moment and make a difference.”

"The president is not asking you to go to war," Kerry said in response to a question asked by Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky. "He’s simply saying we need to take an action that can degrade the capacity of a man who’s willing to kill his own people by breaking a nearly 100-year-old prohibition, and will we stand up and be counted to say we won’t do that."

The secretary said American intelligence services had gone over and over the evidence that the government of Syrian leader Bashar Assad used chemical weapons in an assault on rebel forces Aug. 21.

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