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High rhetoric as Kerry, Hagel pitch Syria strike to Congress

With echoes of John Kerry's statement of high moral valance on Syria last week, the secretary of state alongside Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel brought his rhetoric-infused war cry to Congress.

While House leadership from both sides of aisle came out Tuesday in support of a military incursion against Bashar al-Assad's regime, the Obama administration attempted the same afternoon to convince a Senate hearing of the need for action. Claims to necessity of a strike against Syria were again couched in a selective moralism about the use of chemical weapons, with off-hand references to the threat of U.S. enemies including North Korea, Iran and Hezbollah gaining a regional advantage, or appropriating chemical weapons, in a Middle Eastern power vacuum.

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