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Kerry: Assumption Obama Would Have Ordered Strikes without Congress ‘Without Any Basis’


Secretary of State John Kerry this morning suggested that President Obama’s decision to ask Congress for authorization for military strikes was “very courageous,” but that those who had criticized the possibility of his striking without congressional authorization had done so “without any basis.”

Until Friday night, according to NBC News, the president actually had been planning to attack Syria without congressional authorization; when he changed his mind, he met a great deal of resistance from his national-security team. The president also carried out several months of bombing — more extensive than anything hinted at in Syria — in Libya without congressional authorization.

Kerry did note the administration believes the president “has the right to do this no matter what the Congress does,” but that the administration “believes we are stronger as a nation” when both branches act together.


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