In First Major Test, Obama Overrules New Team

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US President Barack Obama speaks on education at University of Buffalo, the State University of New York, on August 22, 2013 in Buffalo, New York. (JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)
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WASHINGTON (AP) - For President Barack Obama's new foreign policy advisers, the first test of their willingness to undertake military action wound up being a stark lesson in the president's ability to overrule them all.
 
Obama's decision to seek congressional approval before striking Syria also overshadowed what had been a surprising level of consensus on the new team about how to respond to a deadly chemical weapons attack in Syria.
 
People close to the deliberations say Secretary of State John Kerry, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, national security adviser Susan Rice and U.N. Ambassador Samantha Power were largely in agreement about using force. While there were some differing views about the speed and the scope of an attack, there were no splintered factions the way there had been during some first-term debates.

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