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Bill Daley urging support for Obama Syria war authorization
WASHINGTON–Bill Daley, running for Illinois governor–and President Barack Obama’s former White House chief of staff–is urging support for Obama’s bid to win congressional approval to attack Syria in the wake of evidence the government used chemical weapons to attack its civilians.
“Foreign policy is not generally a topic in a campaign for Governor, but I want to make an exception and comment on this extraordinarily important matter,” Daley said in an e-mailed statement Tuesday night.
Daley is jumping into the Syria debate in order to underscore his own leadership resume–what he considers his strongest calling card against Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn, who he will face in the March Illinois Democratic primary.
“As Chief of Staff to President Obama, I participated in our country’s foreign policy and national security at the highest levels. The experience left me with great pride in the skill and judgement of our military leaders and our fighting men and women. It also left me with profound respect for President Obama’s understanding and decision-making on critical national security matters,” Daley said in his statement.
“President Obama has courageously called for action. He is engaging the American people in a serious dialogue, and encouraging Congress to affirm the country’s unified resolve at this critical moment. The stakes are high. Syria’s use of chemical weapons resulted in the tragic death of hundreds of innocent women and children. A world in which chemical attacks are tolerated is an infinitely more dangerous world for all of us. President Obama has taken the hard principled road of courageous leadership. I support him.
“This is no time for political posturing. This is a time for all Americans to consider the issue and the stakes, ask the tough questions and search their own consciences. My conscience cannot abide the atrocity of young children dead from poisonous gas, and the prospect that its use could spread.”
Concluded Daley, “Tough choices require leadership and I believe in what the president is doing.”