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

(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.

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Sep 3, 2013 9:34 PM CDT
Hey, no one is talking about the lack of improvement in the unemployment, or about all the O-bomb-a care problems surfacing, or about the deficit, or all the security leaks....so this war talk MUST be working !
Sep 2, 2013 11:52 PM CDT
Everyone, here is a site to get your Senators and Congressman by districts information to write and voice your opposition to everything that is and has been going on!!! Time to flood them with e-mails and let the public servants do our bidding! http://www.govtrack.us/congress/members
Sep 2, 2013 10:46 AM CDT
Everyone keeps saying Obama did this to buy himself some time and that was not the purpose. All he did was find a way not to have to make a decision. It’s just another way for him to vote “Present”.