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. (Excerpt) Read more at nytimes.com …

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.

(Excerpt) Read more at nytimes.com …

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