Bloomington Mayor Tari Renner says President Obama made a clear case for the United States to intervene in Syria's civil war. Renner said it is unclear how many minds will be changed by the speech. However, the Democratic mayor says the speech may soften the intensity of the opposition to a U.S. response to the use of chemical weapons. In his speech, the president said if diplomatic efforts fail, the U.S. must respond militarily to deter the future use of such weapons. Renner, a political science professor at Illinois Wesleyan University, says the most important legacy of Obama's speech may be his request that the public look at the evidence. He says future presidents will need to meet a higher standard of evidence and proof before taking military action.
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