In an August 30 press conference, President Barack Obama once again appeared to have concluded that military action against Syria is imminent even while he promised that it would be a "limited, narrow act" in response to Syria's alleged use of chemical weapons against its people on August 21. “We’re not considering any open-ended commitment,” Obama said, according to a pool report. “We’re not considering any boots on the ground approach.” It remains to be seen whether U.S. drones, or piloted aircraft, will be used to conduct raids on Syrian targets. Currently, there are several U.S. and British warships off the coast of the Middle Eastern country. He is not, he averred, considering a "major operation.'
Obama expressed disappointment that other countries will not assist the US in the attack on Syria. Canada and Germany will join in. And on August 29 the British Parliament voted against the use of force, thus rebuking Prime Minister David Cameron. This is the first time in more than 200 years that the deliberative body has refused such a request from a British premier. Said Obama, “A lot of people think something should be done but nobody wants to do it,” even while he acknowledged that the American people are experiencing war fatigue. “It’s important for us to recognize that when over a thousand people are killed, including hundreds of innocent children, through the use of a weapon that 98 or 99 percent of humanity says should not be used even in war, and there is no action, then we’re sending a signal,” Obama said. “That is a danger to our national security.”
A poll released by NBC on August 30 confirmed that a near majority of Americans oppose broad military action against the Syrian government for its alleged use of chemical weapons that killed several hundreds of its citizens.