PRESIDENT OBAMA: You know, over 1,400 people were gassed. Over 400 of them were children. This is not something we've fabricated, this is not something we are looking or using as an excuse for military action. As I said last night, I was elected to end wars, not start them. I've spent the last four and a half years doing everything I can to reduce our reliance on military power as a means of meeting our international obligations and protecting the American people.