Kerry Casts Obama’s Syria Decision as ‘Courageous’


obama-kerrySecretary of State John Kerry, delivering a full-throated defense on Sunday of President Obama’s plan to delay military action against Syria, called the move to seek Congressional approval a “courageous decision” and said the administration had evidence that the neurotoxin sarin was used in the Aug. 21 chemical attack that killed more than 1,400 people.

One day after Mr. Obama stunned the world by halting what had seemed an inexorable push toward a cruise missile attack, Mr. Kerry, who has been the administration’s most forceful advocate for intervention, was left to defend the surprising reversal in a string of appearances on Sunday morning talk shows. The appearances – Mr. Kerry was a guest on five morning shows – underscored the administration’s tenuous position after a week of fits and starts over Syria.

“I think the president realized in consultations with Congress that people wanted to weigh in,” Mr. Kerry said on CBS’s “Face the Nation.” “And he believed, after thinking about it, that the United States of America is much stronger when we act in concert.” Read more at The New York Times.

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