Obama cautions against rush to action in Syria

(NBC News) -- President Barack Obama cautioned Tuesday against rushing headlong to take action against Syria's ruling regime, cautioning that his administration must gather more evidence before involving itself in that country's civil war.

The president said that while evidence suggested that chemical weapons were used in Syria - thereby crossing the "red line" Obama had established in the Syrian conflict - more details were needed, namely about who used those weapons, and when.

"When I am making decisions about America's national security and the potential for taking additional action in response to chemical weapons use, I've got to make sure I've got the facts," Obama said at his first press conference in two months. "And if we end up rushing to judgment without hard, effective evidence, then we can find ourselves in a position where we can't mobilize the international community to support what we do."

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