President Barack Obama will be speaking tonight at 9PM EST about the situation in Syria. The timeline is a bit confusing due to constant news updates, as well as frequent changes in stance by the Obama administration. While we try to stay neutral, we have been at the forefront of foreign policy coverage on both Syria and Egypt. We had many observations, as well as facts from sources when almost no one was paying attention to foreign policy issues.

Syrian President Assad

We have warned long ago that the fact that Syria (unlike Iraq) possess biological and chemical weapons should be an argument AGAINST intervention. While it is awful to see so many innocent people die, it is very possible that our involvement could cost more lives. Without editorializing further, here are what some of the ‘experts’ (note: we are not poking fun of anyone in particular, just the concepts of foreign policy experts with PHDs) are saying about what Obama will speak about tonight at nine PM eastern standard time.

What does this have to do with finance? Firstly, we do cover major political events, as well. However, any war in the region can easily spread to a regional conflict. While, for (REAL) long term investors, this might make no difference, for the other 95 percent it does. Furthermore, any increases in the price of oil (or other commodities)

Note: We will have both a live feed, as well as updates as Obama speaks about Syria. If anyone wants to view recent comments by the Syrian President (AKA dictator) Bashar Al-Assad to Charlie Rose, you can find the video footage here.

President Barack Obama, live video feed (we have two in case one does not work) on Syria below.

Updates from social media/other news sources, as well as our live blog can be found below the video.








“We cannot resolve someone else’s civil war through force.” — President Obama.”

“No one disputes that chemical weapons were used in Syria.”

On August 21, our “sense of common humanity” was violated by use of poison gas

President Obama: “The situation profoundly changed though on August 21, when Assad’s government gassed to death over 1,000 people.” Syria

“As the ban against these weapons erodes—other tyrants will have no reason to think twice about acquiring poison gases & using them.”

Obama: Syrian chemical attack a ‘danger to our security’

Obama: “What happened to those people, those children, is not only a violation of international law, but a danger to our security”

Obama: “It’s in the national security of the US to responds to Assad’s use of chemical weapons” Syria

“It’s not only a violation to international law. It’s also a danger to our security.” President Obama

Obama: “I believed it was right, in the absence of a direct or imminent threat to our security, to take this debate to Congress.” Syria

Obama: “I have spent 4.5 years trying to end wars—not start them. Our troops are out of Iraq. Our troops are coming home from Afghanistan.”


I’ve spent 4.5 years working to end wars [except for Libya, which I started]. Syria

“Let me answer some of the most important questions that I have heard from members of Congress & that I have read in letters.”

“My fellow Americans, over the past few years I’ve done my best to ignore Syria and do as little as possible.”

Obama: “Won’t this put us on a slippery slope to another war? … My answer is simple, I will not put American boots on the ground in Syria.”

Obama: “The U.S. military does not do pin pricks”

Obama: “The U.S. military doesn’t do pin pricks. Even a limited strike will send a message to Assad that no other nation can deliver.”

Pres Obama: we can send a message to Assad that no other nation can. it will make dictators think twice before using chemical weapons

Obama it is true that some of Assad’s opponents are extremists, but al-Qaeda will only gain strength from not taking action

President Barack Obama says he agrees with those who have written him that America should not be the world’s policeman.

Obama: “The regime has now admitted…it has these weapons and…said they would join the Chemical Weapons Convention—which prohibits their use, but it remains to be seen what will happen with that initiative”


Obama: “We will work together…to put forward a resolution at the UN Security Council requiring Assad to give up his chemical weapons.” However, military to retain its posture and be ready for a strike if needed.

Obama: I have asked Congress to postpone a vote on military action in Syria

End of speech, that was pretty short to say the least, it last about 10 minutes now comes the pundit remarks, stay tuned!

9:25: You can find a replay of the video here

Barack Obama Speech on Syria September 10th 2013