August 22nd, 2013
02:51 PM ET

President Obama Under Pressure Over Middle East

With the weight of two major international dilemmas hanging over the White House, the question is, what will the president do next?

The Syrian regime is accused of using chemical weapons against its own citizens in attacks outside Damascus. Actions that would cross the "red line" set by President Obama.

This issue in addition to the fact the United States faces increased calls to cut off the $1.3 billion in annual military aid to Egypt as the violence escalates there as well.

The president is under pressure to address these issues today.

“It's quite the balancing act for the president as he tries to maintain focus on key domestic priorities, like helping middle class families, while at the same time trying to deal with the twin foreign policy problems, condemning the violence and working to get the support of the international community,” reports CNN’s Dan Lothian.

While the U.S., Britain and France want the U.N. to investigate the new allegations in Syria, at a closed door emergency meeting, the U.N. Security Council stopped short of demanding a probe into them.

Inspectors are already in Syria looking another reported chemical weapon attack that killed 31 people near Alleppo earlier this year. The U.N. is negotiating to get their inspectors access to that site.

The U.S. agreed to provide opposition rebels with military support in June after the White House concluded the so-called red line had been crossed.

But the next move is uncertain.

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