Chemical war could draw Obama into Syria
WASHINGTON (AFP) - Signs are growing that the horror of chemical warfare could for the first time draw the United States into a direct military intervention in Syria's vicious civil war.
The US military and diplomatic machine is slowly stirring, after pictures of children apparently choked on poisonous gas shocked the world last week.
President Barack Obama is facing another test of a legacy doctrine rooted in avoiding Middle Eastern quagmires.
Syria touches a perennial question of whether humanitarian impulses or narrow national interest should define US foreign policy. The crisis is intensifying as Mr Obama is wrestling with how to respond to a coup in Egypt.