WASHINGTON (CNN) - President Barack Obama Wednesday took his case for a military response in Syria to the world stage.
The President is on a three-day foreign trip to Sweden and Russia.
Leaving one skeptical continent for another, President Obama landed in Sweden to make his most forceful plea to date for the world to punish the Syrian government for its alleged use of chemical weapons.
The President said, "My credibility is not on the line. The international community's credibility is on the line. The questions is, after we've gone through all this are we going to try to find a reason not to act?"
In a news conference with Sweden’s Prime Minister, the President defended his original red line warning from a year ago, making the case that he's only trying to enforce international agreements barring chemical weapon use.
"First of all, I didn't set a red line, the world set a red line," said Obama. However, looking back, the President clearly took ownership of the red line reference. "A red line for us is we start seeing a whole bunch of chemical weapons moving around or being utilized. That would change my calculus."
The sales pitch was not enough to convince Swedish Prime Minister Fredrick Reinfeldt, who wants the issue settled at the United Nations.
"You're now in Sweden, a small country with a deep belief in the United Nations," said the Prime Minister.
President Obama didn't stop there. Hours before the arrival of the Jewish New Year, the President honored Swedish Diplomat Raoul Wallenberg who saved thousands of Jews during the holocaust.
"Wallenberg reminds us of our power when we choose not simply to bear witness, but also to act," said the President. And warned of the consequences of ignoring war crimes. "The people of Europe are certainly familiar with what happens when the international community finds excuses not to act."
However, Russian President Vladimir Putin, who's hosting this week's G-20 summit and is blocking action at the U.N., continued to insist in an interview that Syrian rebels could be the real poison gas attackers.
Still, Obama administration officials actually saw hope for progress in Putin's comments. "I have not written off the idea that the United States and Russia are going to continue to have common interests even as we have some very profound differences on some other issues."
President Obama is learning Putin is not his only problem; with Europeans still fuming over U.S. surveillance programs. "I can give assurances to the publics in Europe and around the world that we are not going around snooping at people's emails or listening to their phone calls."
Obama administration officials say Presidents Obama and Putin will likely meet with each other briefly at the G-20 summit.