Defense Secretary Mattis Wanted Congressional Approval Before Striking Syria. He Was Overruled.
New York Times ^ | April 17, 2018 | Helene Cooper
Posted on 4/17/2018, 10:14:06 PM by WisconsinRep
Defense Secretary Jim Mattis urged President Trump to get congressional approval before the United States launched airstrikes against Syria last week, but was overruled by Mr. Trump, who wanted a rapid and dramatic response, military and administration officials said.
Mr. Trump, the officials said, wanted to be seen as backing up a series of bellicose tweets with action, but was warned that an overly aggressive response risked igniting a wider war with Russia.
Friday night’s limited strikes on three targets, which lasted under two minutes, were the compromise.
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