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Obama To Congress: I don’t Need Authorization In Iraq

From The Hill:

Obama: Iraq plan won’t require vote

By Justin Sink and Alexander Bolton | June 18, 2014

President Obama is not close to seeking congressional authorization for airstrikes in Iraq. After a White House meeting between Obama and the top four leaders in Congress, all sides involved signaled they want to leave options open for handling a politically delicate and fluid crisis that threatens to leave jihadist terrorists in control of Iraq…

Democratic leaders offered support for Obama to use a 2002 law authorizing President George W. Bush to take action in Iraq as the legal authority for new strikes.

Oh, that’s rich. When was the last time anyone in the Democrat Party (or their news media) ever mentioned that Congress gave President Bush the legal authority to strike Iraq? Besides, lest we forget, Obama ordered military strikes in Libya, to take out Gadhafi, without any Congressional approval or consultation. And no one batted an eyelash.

“I do not believe the President needs any further legislative authority to pursue the particular options for increased security assistance discussed today,” House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said in a statement released after the meeting. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) has previously backed that position.

More hilarity. We all know that both Pelosi and Reid would feel the same way about a Republican President saying he had carte blanche.

Republican leaders in the House and Senate notably did not object to that interpretation, and Sen. John Thune (S.D.), the third-ranking GOP leader, offered public support…

Naturally. Heck, the GOP don’t seem to have any problems with Obama doing anything. (Such as bypassing Congress to grant amnesty to ‘children.’)

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) told reporters following the White House meeting that the president didn’t think his current plans for Iraq would require authorization from lawmakers.

“The president briefed us on the situation in Iraq and indicated he didn’t feel he had any need for authority from us for steps that he might take and indicated that he would keep us posted,” McConnell said.

Well, if Mr. Obama says he doesn’t need Congressional authority, it must be so.

After he returned to the Capitol, Reid told reporters that it was a “good meeting” and that “everybody seemed satisfied.” “The president is going to keep us as informed as he can as the process moves forward,” Reid said…

After all, that’s all Harry Reid ever asked of President Bush. (Sarcasm.)

This article was posted by Steve on Thursday, June 19th, 2014. Comments are currently closed.

3 Responses to “Obama To Congress: I don’t Need Authorization In Iraq”

  1. GetBackJack says:

    Obama speaks to Congress http://goo.gl/BMwNJ2
    Harry Reid has his back http://goo.gl/FHY1EW

  2. canary says:

    Anyone know what day Obama ended the war in Iraq?

    • canary says:

      You remember; Obama said he ended that “dumb and rash war in Iraq”. The dumbass ended that costly war he inherited. He reminded the nation how he ended that war before he ran for re-election as an acomplishment.

      Obama said he’d put on boots and hunt the terrorists down himself he believed in the Iraq war.

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