WASHINGTON (AP) — House Speaker John Boehner (BAY'-nur) is calling on President Barack Obama to personally explain to the nation and Congress how U.S. military action against Syria will secure American national security.
Boehner sent a letter to the president on Wednesday. The Ohio Republican also pressed for legal justification for any use of U.S. military force in response to the Obama administration's contention that the Syrian government has used chemical weapons against its people.
In the letter, Boehner pointed out that he has been supportive of Obama's calls for Syrian President Bashar Assad (bah-SHAR' AH'-sahd) to resign and administration policy to date.
Boehner asked Obama to specifically address a number of questions, including the effect of possible U.S. military strikes and contingency plans if Syria retaliates against U.S. allies in the region.