Obama Came This Close to Striking Syria Alone: Officials

Senior officials say he decided to seek Congress' OK at last minute

By Ruth Brown,  Newser Staff

Posted Aug 31, 2013 4:15 PM CDT

(Newser) – President Obama announced today that he would seek Congress' OK before launching a military attack on Syria—but that wasn't his original plan, say anonymous senior administration officials. The president had originally planned to strike without first getting approval, but changed his mind last night after a long discussion with his chief of staff, reports the AP. By doing so, say the officials, he went against the advice of all his national security advisers, who believed he was fine to act on his own.

President Barack Obama makes a statement about the crisis in Syria in the Rose Garden of the White House.
President Barack Obama makes a statement about the crisis in Syria in the Rose Garden of the White House.   (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
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