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OBAMA SPEECH ADD 2

President Obama said a U.S. attack on Syria would be a "targeted strike" aimed at deterring the use of chemical weapons.

The president said he will "not put American boots on the ground in Syria" and will not pursue "open-ended action" as in Iraq and Afghanistan, or a "prolonged air campaign" like in Libya or Kosovo.

He said he knows that after the terrible toll of the Iraq and Afghan wars, the idea of any military action is not going to be popular.

But he said even a limited military strike in Syria will send a message to President Assad and make him or any other dictator "think twice" before using chemical weapons.

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