Earlier this year, President Obama gave tentative support to the idea of repealing the Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF) against Iraq, noting that the war was over. Congress never pulled the trigger, with hawks arguing against it.
Tonight, on the eve of a new US military operation in Iraq, President Obama is arguing he doesn’t need any Congressional authorization for his new foray into Iraq, since the old AUMF is still on the books.
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R – KY) and House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi (D – CA) agreed with this assessment, saying the AUMF still applied, and that President Obama was just telling Congressional leaders what he plans to do.
President Obama has long downplayed the need for Congressional approval for his military adventures, and publicly eschewed any vote on US involvement in the attack on Libya, saying NATO’s decision to attack obliged the US to war no matter what Congress thought.
The administration’s exact intentions in Iraq remain unclear, as they have withheld public pledges trying to coax Iraqi reforms, and most recently. the ouster of Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki. They have ruled out “combat troops,” but seem to be willing to split hairs by arguing that ground troops they do send won’t technically be combat troops.
11 thoughts on “Obama Tells Congress He Doesn’t Need Permission for New Iraq War”
Yes indeed. This presiden, as well as George W. Bush t has destroyed American democracy.
So power is now the only valid optrion in changing this "advanced" nation and its dominated followers..
Obozo's letter to Congress:
I (don't) need your permission to start another bogus war in Iraq.
A few (coordinated) air strikes should persuade ISIS that the (USG)
is in charge. The only problem with air strikes is (we) can't tell
(good) ISIS factions (we're) supporting from the (bad) ISIS (terrorists).
Jihadists are everywhere, and the situation is a (bloody) mess.
But, look on the bright side. The Crimean annexation by those (evil)
Russians is (worse).
P.S. Feels great being off those meds. Might Doing Right! (Peace).
Let's keep our eye on the prize – an America free of AIPAC – the 2nd American Revolution. Obama is taking the Israel Lobby's Hillary Clinton, along with the entire Israeli Lobby/AIPAC/Apartheid Israel all stuck to each other like dogs at the park
A Clean Break from AIPAC's fun and games in America
The goal is NOT the end of the experiment of ethnic cleansing and Apartheid in Israel – that's a done deal
The goal is NOT the end of the Israeli Lobby's candidate Hillary 2016 – that too is a done deal
The goal is the forced registration of AIPAC as an agent of a hostile foreign power, then AIPAC made illegal as the prosecutions of Rosen, Weissman, and all the rest are aggressively pursued
The goal is a Clean Break from Israeli Lobby political control over America Congress, the American military and foreign policy agendas, OPEN NSA access to ALL American data made possible by Feinstein, Lieberman, McCain, Graham, etc, and financial support voted on by AIPAC-controlled/corrupted Congress
'Hillary is a Neocon's Neocon'* – Hillary Clinton IS the Israeli Lobby
The Israeli Lobby is going down and AIPAC's Girl Hillary is going down RIDING her AIPAC horse
Who wants to be American President 2016? – because it ain't gonna be the Israeli Lobby candidate from the Republican party and it AIN'T gonna be AIPAC's Girl Hillary
* Out of the mouth of babes – Joe Scarborough on 6 18 14
Congress has long given up whatever meaningful role it had it US politics. What this really says is that the President of the moment doesn't care what the American people want; American troops will die because he says so.
the role of congress – grab & keep, the role of POTUS shut up, I'm the pres.
If the American people intend to put an end to the Imperial Presidency, which they should, then they should impeach this President…and then prosecute Bushco as the war criminals they are. There is enough evidence lying around to successfully prosecute both Obama and the Bush cabal. They just have to find the lawyers with the balls to do it.
Congress is simply too cowardly to exercise its powers and demand that any act of war be a declaration of war, which it alone can pass. Thus presidents can usually do as they want.
States granted him or at least the Office of President, so there can only be bitching and whining if it does not suit the individual or majority of individuals.
All we can do is whine and cry in a manner of who bawls the loudest in hopes of being first to be noticed by ones betters.
We take their alms and curtsy or kiss their hands and then think they do not look upon us as anything beyond a pet?
How foolish are they who think a vote is freedom whrn by vote they gave away representaion of 450
Elected to the whims of the one man elected Commander in Chief not as President.they voted themselves into being one of worlds most despised peoples
All my vet friends and acting service members are totally outraged about the VA scandal and Obama's disregard for their safety and health. Even though Obama has retired or forced to resign dozens of our top military commanders that were not marching in lockstep with the Obama agenda for America, enough remain that there is a good possibility that the military might step in and remove Obama from office in carrying out their sworn duty to protect America from enemies, both foreign and domestic, and Obama is the greatest threat our nation has ever faced…an enemy occupying the highest office in our republic. Obama is a traitor to America and has committed treason by giving aid and comfort to the terrorists by releasing five of them from Gitmo. Anyone who thinks these five will not join their brothers in waging war against the U.S., is a FOOL. Factor in Obama's recent release of 36,000 murders, rapists and other assorted dangerous illegal alien criminals, and Obama's objective is clear: The destruction of America as a nation founded on the rule of law. Stand up and DEMAND Obama's immediate impeachment and arrest for treason. The only place on this planet where Obama belongs is Levenworth federal prison serving a life sentence or a firing squad.
Why cite the AUMF as the source of his authority?
Surely the affirmation of his Divine Right as King would be more honest and direct.
The Republic is dead! Long live the King!
"founded on the rule of law."
Does this mean Law or rules made by those we call legislators? What about those who simply write an "executive order" to bypass even their own "laws and rulings" for the expediency of their "work". What about a Judicial branch that does not even understand Property Rights or the sanctity the founders held for this principle of Law? Law is discovered, rules are made. Is it difficult to see that any and all "laws" legislated or decreed, on all levels of government simply channel power and money in various, predictable patterns for those who use that sort of leverage. What if We The People had a national discussion on whether true Law, or something akin to Richard J Maybury's simple but profound statement of Law, ie: "Do all you have agreed to do and do not encroach on other persons or their property". When we establish a base code of Law, the best that we got on the legal expectation of each individual, group, club, business, corporation, religion, and government is to live within the limitations of "The Law". Then we will be defining our level of civilization we can conceive and our understanding of our Self. The structure for a peaceful "return" to a Nation or States living under Law is to establish uneqivically what Law is. We can see what relying on rules has given US. Then hold our Oath takers to being Oath keepers at the risk of being removed and held personally liable for the harm their actions and "voting" caused other citizens. An Oath is a promise, a vow. It is giving your word of honor to adhere to this promise. To get rid of "laws"/rules that violate Law is to simply inform our jurists, that their first duty is to determine if Law has actually been broken or if this is simply another legislated or decreed rule we have to deal with. Then if Law has been broken, some person or their property has been harmed, then we proceed to the who, what, where, when, why, how, and to what degree for our legal system to actually work for people.
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