Bloomberg’s Nicole Gaouette, traveling with Secretary of State John Kerry in Europe, reports that Kerry is promising more governments such as Saudi Arabia are ready to step forward in demanding a response to Syria’s use of chemical weapons. Kerry is letting them speak for themselves.
As French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius speaks of “a growing consensus to take action,” he and others are asking for the results of the United Nations inquiry first. U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says the world body will “very soon” present the results of its investigation into the massacre outside Damascus.
Release of the U.N. report, expected in two weeks, coincides with the schedule for the House debate on President Barack Obama’s plan for a military strike, meaning as Gaouette notes, that the administration will be forced to wait regardless. The Senate is scheduled to vote on a resolution this week.
Meanwhile, as Kerry returns to the U.S. on Tuesday, the night that Obama addresses the nation to make his case for action in Syria, the administration is briefing members of Congress hesitant to support any military strike. The administration is showing them video clips of victims of the Syrian attacks. Thirteen are posted at the Senate Intelligence Committee’s Web-site.
More than 1,400 died outside Damascus, including 400 children.