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1. Mid of Darrell West watching the Obama speech

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2. Mid of Obama making speech

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3. SOUNDBITE (English) Darrell West, Brookings Institution: "I thought it was a very strong speech on his part in the sense that in a very methodical way he laid out all of the evidence on what has happened, the use of chemical weapons, and how the case is very strong, but also putting the world on notice that if they don't take this seriously, he is taking it seriously and he's in a position to do something about it militarily."

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4. Mid of Obama making speech

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5. SOUNDBITE (English) Darrell West, Brookings Institution: "I don't think he changed very many minds, certainly in the United States, it's not likely that there are going to be major shifts in public opinion, but he made it clear he understands this is not a popular action but he also said that if he needs to do this he will still do it, with or without the American public."

6. Various shots of protest outside the White House

7. SOUNDBITE (English) Darrell West, Brookings Institution: "I think the audience for this speech was not so much the American public or even members of Congress, it really was the international community. He was putting them on notice that he will give them time to try and work out an agreement here."

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8. Mid of Obama making speech

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9. SOUNDBITE (English) Darrell West, Brookings Institution: "Americans often have a preference for diplomacy over military action so he's really buying time for himself to see if that option will work, but if it doesn't work I think he has actually built a really strong case on why it's appropriate to take these limited air strikes against Syria."

STORYLINE:

President Barack Obama's speech wasn't just seeking Americans' support on military action in Syria. He also wanted to give the international community time to come to a diplomatic resolution says Darrell West, an analyst with the Brookings Institition.

With the majority of Americans against the use of force in Syria, Obama asked them Tuesday to trust his judgment as commander in chief if he launches a strike despite their opposition.

 

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