John Kerry, Syria War Hawk
Secretary of State John Kerry continued to push for military force against Syria on Sunday, appearing on a series of talk shows to make the case that sarin gas was used by the Assad regime, and that he is sure Congress will support the use of strikes sought by President Obama.
Speaking on “This Week,” Kerry predicted that Congress would support a military strike, saying, “We are not going to lose this vote.” Asked what would happen if it didn’t receive congressional support, Kerry said he “doesn’t contemplate” that.
“I think the interests that we have with respect to potential future confrontation – hopefully not – but the challenge of Iran, the challenges of the region, the challenge of standing up for and standing beside our ally Israel, helping to shore up Jordan,” he said, “I believe Congress will pass it.”
However, Kerry noted, the president has the authority to act on his own and order military strikes anyway.
One of Kerry’s key points in his appearances was that the U.S. had intelligence that the nerve gas sarin was used in the Aug. 21 attack, something the U.N. has yet to substantiate.
“In the last 24 hours, we have learned through samples that were provided to the United States, that have now been tested, from first responders in east Damascus, and hair samples and blood samples have tested positive for signatures of sarin,” he said.
On “Meet the Press,” Kerry said
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