Men sprawled on a tile floor, shirtless and convulsing. Children, too, seemingly unable to control their shaking and flailing. Panic and screams in the background.
These are some of the hard-to-stomach images that the Obama administration
has shown a select group of senators in closed-door briefings to make the case that a limited military attack on Syria
is justified, CNN reported on Saturday.
CNN has obtained 13 different videos that the administration has told the Senate Intelligence Committee depict the gruesome scene of a chemical weapons attack in Syria on August 21.
Earlier on Saturday, US Secretary of State John Kerry
said in a joint press conference with his French counterpart, ‘‘this is not the time to be silent spectators to slaughter’’ adding that ‘‘this is not the time to allow a dictator unfettered use of some of the heinous weapons on earth.’’
"There is wide and growing support," Laurent Fabius
told reporters in Paris. "Right now, seven of the eight countries in the G8 share our opinion on a strong reaction and 12 countries of the G20 also share this opinion."
Kerry added that many countries were prepared to take part in US-led military strikes against the Syrian regime.
"There are a number of countries, in the double digits, who are prepared to take military action," Kerry said.
"We have more countries prepared to take military action than we actually could use in the kind of military action being contemplated."
President Barack Obama
also addressed the Syrian crisis in a radio address to the nation arguing that America needs to use limited military force in Syria to deter future chemical weapons attacks, but said he did not want to enter into another costly and protracted war.
"This would not be another Iraq or Afghanistan," Obama said in his weekly radio and internet address, previewing arguments he will make in a nationally televised address on Tuesday.
"Any action we take would be limited, both in time and scope - designed to deter the Syrian government from gassing its own people again and degrade its ability to do so," Obama said.
Obama has asked the US Congress to approve the use of force. A final vote in the US Senate is expected at the end of the coming week. A US House vote is likely the week of Sept. 16.
Obama will give interviews on Monday to the three network news anchors, as well as to anchors from PBS, CNN, and Fox, more evidence of a "full court press" strategy ahead of pivotal congressional votes on military strikes in Syria.
The interviews will be taped on Monday afternoon and will air during each network's Monday evening news broadcast, the White House said