Administration

White House argues for Syria intervention on microsite

Map of Syrian chemical weapon attacks from the White House microsite

The new White House microsite explaining why the rationale for action against Syria includes this map of reported chemical weapons attacks.

As President Barack Obama stumped for international support for military strikes on Syria at the G20 Summit in Russia, the White House released a dedicated website designed to explain the rationale for action to the American public.

The site launched as Congress debates a resolution authorizing military action in the face of what lawmakers from both parties say is overwhelming opposition coming via constituent phone calls.

The White House site aggregates administration statements on the issue, from a declassified report that lays the blame for an Aug. 21 chemical attack on the Syrian government, to documents such as readouts of calls with foreign leaders that typically don't circulate beyond journalists' in-boxes.

Visitors are invited to "explore this page to learn more about President Obama's response to the Assad regime's use of chemical weapons in Syria and get the latest news from the White House about the situation."

The site does not urge visitors to contact their Member of Congress in support of military strikes. Instead, it stresses that intervention wouldn't involve ground troops, and puts forth the policy goal of deterring other regimes and groups from using chemical weapons in the future.

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Adam Mazmanian is executive editor of FCW.

Before joining the editing team, Mazmanian was an FCW staff writer covering Congress, government-wide technology policy and the Department of Veterans Affairs. Prior to joining FCW, Mazmanian was technology correspondent for National Journal and served in a variety of editorial roles at B2B news service SmartBrief. Mazmanian has contributed reviews and articles to the Washington Post, the Washington City Paper, Newsday, New York Press, Architect Magazine and other publications.

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