Obama Faces Growing Opposition to Syria Strike

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President Obama is continuing to try to gain support Friday for his proposal to take military action against Syria.  He made his case at the G-20 summit, but is facing fierce opposition both at the summit and at home.

At a news conference at the G-20 summit in Russia, the president repeated his desire for military retaliation against Syrian President Basha al-Assad for his use of chemical weapons on his own citizens, including children.  But Obama said there's no hurry.

"This was an event that happened. My military assured me that we could act today, tomorrow, a month from now, that we could do so proportionately but meaningfully," Obama said.

At the G-20, the world's economic leaders largely opposed military action against Syria, including the European Union, China and the G-20 host, Russian President Vladimir Putin, who not only opposes action against Syria but is one of Assad's staunchest allies.

At a news conference he was asked where his allegiance lies.

"Will we help Syria? Yes we will," Putin said.

Meanwhile, in the United States the situation isn't much better. 

Obama will address the nation Tuesday in an attempt to convince the public and Congress to support his plant to attack Syria. 

Legislation will likely be proposed shortly thereafter. But will the president get enough votes? He can't say.

"I think it'd be a mistake to jump the gun and speculate," he remarked, "because right now I'm working to get as much support as possible out of Congress."

Even members of Congress who support the president's aim to attack Syria, like Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., are getting an earful from constituents who oppose such action.  On Thursday night, the senator held a town hall meeting and heard comments like the following one from an agitated man.

"Iraq is as big a mess as it was back then so we obviously didn't fix that one," he said.

The White House says although the president has the authority to act without congressional approval, it's neither his intent nor his desire to do so. 

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