Kerry says Assad will feel U.S. impact
Kerry made the remarks during an interview with David Gregory on Sunday on NBC's "Meet the Press." When asked about what strategy U.S. President Barack Obama planned to use against Assad's regime, Kerry said the Obama administration plans to employ a military operation meant to prevent future chemical attacks.
"This military operation is specifically geared to prevent a future chemical attack and to deter and to degrade the Assad capacity to be able to do that," Kerry said. "And let me be clear: Whatever the President ultimately decides to do in that context, I assure you Assad will feel its impact and they will know that something has happened."
Gregory asked Kerry why President Obama made an abrupt shift to seek congressional authority for a Syrian military strike. Kerry said President Obama decided the U.S. would have a stronger position if it acted in a more unified way.
"(President Obama) didn't think it was worthwhile acting and having the Syrians and a whole bunch of other folks looking at the United States arguing about whether or not it was legitimate or should he have done it or should he have moved faster," Kerry said. "He believes we need to move. He's made his decision. Now it's up to the Congress of the United States to join him in affirming the international norm with respect to enforcement against the use of chemical weapons.
When asked what would happen if Congress did not pass authorization for the Syrian military strike, Kerry said he believed Congress would do what's right and pass the authorization.