Obama expects downfall of Syrian regime in near future
During his State of the Union address which was larhely devoted to economic issues, President Obama also touched the Middle East. Regarding Syria, the US leader said he had no doubt President Bashar Assad's regime "will soon discover that the forces of change can't be reversed, and that human dignity can't be denied."
He also said that A year ago, Libyan leader Moammar Gadgafi "was one of the world's longest-serving dictators -- a murderer with American blood on his hands. Today, he is gone," Obama said.
Regarding the Iranian crisis, the American president said "America is determined to prevent Iran from getting a nuclear weapon, and I will take no options off the table to achieve that goal." A peaceful resolution is still possible and preferable, Obama noted.
He reiterated his nation's "iron-clad commitment" to Israel's security and said it has meant the closest military cooperation between the two countries in history.