SHOTLIST:

POOL -- AP CLIENTS ONLY

Washington -- September 9, 2013

1. SOUNDBITE: Susan Rice, National Security Adviser:

There's no denying what happened on August 21st. Around 2:30 in the morning, while most of Damascus was still asleep, Assad's forces loaded warheads filled with deadly chemicals onto rockets and launched them into suburbs controlled or contested by opposition forces.

2. SOUNDBITE: Susan Rice, National Security Adviser:

Chemical weapons, like other weapons of mass destructions, kill on a scope and scale that is entirely different from conventional weapons. Opening the door to their use anywhere threatens the United States and our personnel everywhere.

3. SOUNDBITE: Susan Rice, National Security Adviser:

If we begin to erode the moral outrage of gassing children in their bed, we open ourselves up to even more fearsome consequences. Moreover, failing to respond to this brazen attack could indicate that the United States is not prepared to use the full range of tools necessary to keep our national secure.

4. SOUNDBITE: Susan Rice, National Security Adviser:

This would not be the United States launching another war. As the president has said repeatedly, this would not be Iraq or Afghanistan. There will be no American boots on the ground. Period.

 

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