U.S. President Barack Obama stated that the decision to conduct a limited military operation in Syria has been made. This does however not include a ground intervention. Obama further noted that the attacks in Ghouta was the worst massacre in the 21st century committed by the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
Obama further noted that Assad shelled an area of Damascus where more than a thousand people, including women and children were situated, citing it as a crime against human dignity. He moved on to point out that this alleged crime was a violation of the International Treaty for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons and poses a threat to the neighboring countries of Syria.
Syria has dismissed calls by Washington, stating that the United States, Germany, France and a number of other countries had supplied militants with chemical components in order to induce a foreign intervention.