President Obama's address to the nation was nearly upstaged by a Russian plan to destroy Syria's chemical weapons stockpiles. But threat of a military strike prompted Russia and Assad to act – and is needed if diplomacy fails, he says.
So far, no convincing evidence has been made public proving that Bashar al-Assad used chemical weapons to kill hundreds of Syrian people. That has left the door open to alternate scenarios and conspiracy theories.
Samantha Power – the US ambassador to the UN and a chief interventionist in the Obama White House – spoke at a Washington think tank Friday, laying out the case for taking military action against Syria.