Mattis Wanted Congressional Approval Before Syria Strike, Was Overruled By Trump

Wednesday, April 18, 2018
By Paul Martin

by Tyler Durden
ZeroHedge.com
Tue, 04/17/2018

Confirming our report from Friday, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis favored a more cautious approach to the Syria situation but was overruled by President Trump as well as other notable neocons interested in an immediate strike – including brand new National Security Advisor John Bolton, administration officials told the New York Times.

Mr. Mattis pushed to get congressional authorization, according to people with knowledge of the internal debate. In several White House meetings last week, he underscored the importance of linking military operations to public support — a view Mr. Mattis has long held.

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 sparking a wider war with Russia.

Friday night’s limited strikes on three targets, which lasted under two minutes, were the compromise. -NYT

Bolton and Mattis were said to be duking it out over the Syria strikes on Friday – with Mattis and the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Dunford reportedly “concerned with managing escalation and preventing blowback on US troops,” while John Bolton is known for getting very excited at the prospect of a good ole’ fashioned regime change.

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