August 23, 2013
The time is nearing for a potentially definitive U.S. response to
alleged Syrian government atrocities and an increasingly violent
military crackdown in Egypt, President Barack Obama said in an exclusive
interview broadcast Friday on CNN’s “New Day.”
The U.S. remains “one indispensable nation” in the volatile Middle East and elsewhere, Obama told “New Day” anchor Chris Cuomo.
“We have to think through strategically what’s going to be in our long term national interests.”
Asked by Cuomo whether the U.S. government is now facing a “more
abbreviated time frame” on key decisions in Egypt and Syria, Obama
repeatedly gave a one-word response: yes.