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Clinton breaks silence to endorse Syria strikes

Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonMedia circles wagons for conspiracy theorist Neera Tanden The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by The AIDS Institute - Senate ref axes minimum wage, House votes today on relief bill Democratic strategists start women-run media consulting firm MORE broke her days-long silence and endorsed President Obama's call for a punitive military strike against Syria on Tuesday.

“Secretary Clinton supports the President's effort to enlist the Congress in pursuing a strong and targeted response to the Assad regime's horrific use of chemical weapons,” a Clinton aide said in a statement.

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The former secretary of State had remained silent since President Obama announced Saturday that he would seek congressional support for limited military action against Bashar Assad's regime for allegedly using chemical weapons.

Clinton's support for the Syria strikes are in keeping with her long-held view that the United States should play a greater role in the two-and-a-half-year conflict. She endorsed efforts to arm vetted rebel groups when she was secretary of State last summer.

Clinton has been burned by bad intelligence in the past, voting when a senator in favor of George W. Bush's use of force resolution on Iraq in 2002. That vote haunted her during the 2008 presidential primary and was a key factor in Obama's victory.