I've read the rulebook front to back, and the big FAQ, and while I'm happy to take your word for it, can you point me to where this is stated? I game with some people who tend to want to see proof rather than taking my word for it.
Base game rules page 30 under Card Clarifications
Choice Crises: When a player makes a choice on a Crisis
Card, he can always choose the top or bottom section of
the card, regardless of whether he will be able to fulfill the
game text listed (unless the card specifically restricts this).