White House Intensifies Efforts to Make the Case for Syria Military Strikes

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"Failure of Congress to approve the president's request would have serious ramifications not just in the Mideast but around the world," Petraeus said in a statement. "Military action against the Syrian regime is, thus, necessary not just to deter future use of chemical weapons in Syria and elsewhere, but also to ensure that Iran, North Korea and other would-be aggressors never underestimate the United States' resolve to take necessary military action when other tools prove insufficient."

Read the Obama Administration's Unclassified Intelligence Report on Syria

In the days leading up to the Senate vote, senior Congressional aides say the challenge for the White House is not only persuading undecided members of Congress, but getting others who have already spoken out against the strike to go against the wishes of their constituents.

Dozens of lawmakers have already made their opposition known in their districts, which makes changing course a significant challenge.

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