National Security Advisor Susan Rice told NBC News on Tuesday that the Obama administration has “no expectation of losing the vote in Congress” to authorize limited military strikes against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s regime.
The former U.S. ambassador to the U.N. said she’s “quite confident” Congress will approve the president’s plan, citing the endorsements of bipartisan “key leaders.” House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH), House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) all voiced their support for military action in Syria following a meeting between members of Congress and administration officials Tuesday.
“We think that the Congress of the United States and the American people understand that we have compelling national interests at stake here,” Rice told “NBC Nightly News” anchor Brian Williams.
Rice added that failure to take action against Syria would give a “green light” to countries like Iran and North Korea that “have the ambition to acquire weapons of mass destruction and use them with abandon.”
“We cannot let that happen,” she said.
Watch the interview below, courtesy of NBC News:
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