President Obama told congressional leaders on Tuesday that the U.S. should strike Syria, and that military action would be stronger if endorsed by both the White House and Congress.

“This is not Iraq and this is not Afghanistan,” Obama said in remarks aimed at a wary Congress and public.

Seated between House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) and Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), the president requested a prompt vote on what he repeatedly described as “targeted” military action.

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