US Responds to Syria's Use of Chemical Weapons

Published 08/27 2013 11:11AM

Updated 08/27 2013 11:14AM

Overnight we learned a meeting today between one of Secretary of State John Kerry's top deputies and Russian officials has been postponed because our response to what happened in Syria is still in limbo.

President Obama and his team are calling America's allies building a case to fire missiles at Syria. "We cannot tolerate the use of and proliferation of these kinds of weapons," said White House Press Secretary Jay Carney.

Chemical weapons that killed more than 300 Syrians. The U.S. is sure President Bashar al-Assad's regime was behind it.

U.S. intelligence on what really happened may go public as soon as today, but officials tell us the U.S. probably will not strike until U.N. inspectors leave Syria Sunday."We have to look at how we can work with our allies and with our friends in the region to stabilize the region and make sure we can get Bashar al Assad out of office," said Col. Anthony Shaffer, U.S. Army, Retired.

The British, French, and Turkey are on board. Secretary of State Kerry is working on the Arab League. He calls the chemical attack morally obscene: "As a father, I can't get the image out of my head of a man who held up his dead child, wailing while chaos swirled around him," said Secretary of State John Kerry.

A 10-year-old in hiding tells NBC's Richard Engel she has this message for President Obama. "Does he want his kids to be like us? Aren't we just like them? When we get bigger, we're going to write 'Obama didn't help us she said."

The kind of help is still undecided. The White House is talking to Congressional leaders here about our options.

Tracie Potts, NBC News.

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