WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama said
he has been wrestling with the question whether a US military
intervention in Syria's 22-month-old civil war would help
resolve the bloody conflict or make things worse.
In a pair of interviews, Obama responded to critics who say
the United States
has not been involved enough in Syria
thousands of people have been killed and millions displaced
according to UN officials. Transcripts of both interviews were
released on Sunday.
The United States
has called on Syrian President Bashar Assad to step down, and has recognized an opposition
coalition - but has stopped short of authorizing US arming of
rebels to overthrow Assad.