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Obama Has No Intention to Strike Syria if Congress Says No: Aide

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Olivier Knox
Yahoo! News
September 6, 2013

“The president, of course, has the authority to act. But it’s neither his desire, nor his intention, to use that authority absent Congress backing him,” Blinken said.

Blinken’s comments lent weight to a New York Times report published on Friday that cited unnamed officials as saying that Obama views going to war if Congress says no as “almost unthinkable” — and even a potential trigger for impeachment proceedings against him.

A White House spokeswoman later seemed to dial back from Blinken and the Times report.

“I’m not going to speculate on the President’s decision-making if they don’t approve; we think they will,” White House spokeswoman Caitlin Hayden told Yahoo News.

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