Obama: No Decision Yet on Syria

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President Barack Obama speaks to members of the media during his meeting with Baltic leaders in the Cabinet Room of the White House in Washington, Friday, Aug. 30, 2013.

President Obama has not made a decision on whether or not the U.S. will act in Syria, he said Friday, but he vows not to send ground forces. "We're not considering any open-ended commitment," he told reporters at the White House. "We're not considering any boots-on-the-ground approach." The president's comments came after a speech by Secretary of State John Kerry, outlining the evidence the U.S. has that confirms the use of chemical weapons by Bashar al-Assad's regime against its own people, and the obligation the U.S. has to hold him responsible. During a conference call with reporters, senior administration officials said Obama has "received options from the military and also from his broader national-security team about potential courses of action," and that there is a continuing "two-way conversation with Congress."