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Obama to Congress: I don't need new permission on Iraq


By Barbara Starr, Deirdre Walsh and Tom Cohen, CNN
Thu June 19, 2014

Washington (CNN) -- I'll let you know what's going on, but I don't need new congressional authority to act, President Barack Obama told congressional leaders Wednesday about his upcoming decision on possible military intervention in Iraq.

The White House meeting sounded more like a listening session for the top Republicans and Democrats in the House and Senate about options for helping Iraq's embattled Shiite government halt the lightning advance of Sunni Islamist fighters toward Baghdad that Obama is considering.

According to a White House statement, Obama went over U.S. efforts to "strengthen the capacity of Iraq's security forces to confront the threat" from the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) fighters, "including options for increased security assistance."


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Don't you think Congress

should be reacting to these comments?

Why the silence and lack of action?

I don't understand - 500 of them, 1 of him (and his sycophant staff).

What kind of representative form of government are they faking in DC?

Is this done on purpose to enrage the populace? I can't understand why these elected officials who are supposed to represent 300 million people will let one branch of a three branch government ride rough-shod over them.

Checks and balances? Really?

The law cannot make a wicked person virtuous…God’s grace alone can accomplish such a thing.
Ron Paul - The Revolution

Setting a good example is a far better way to spread ideals than through force of arms. Ron Paul

This will make Lyndsey Graham, John McCain and Peter King...

...VERY happy.

Who needs authority to go to war anyway?

Afterall, that BS move Bush made to get the authority from congress to "use force in Iraq at his discretion" was NOT a declaration of war.

It was a declaration of TYRANNY. That's what a KING or a TYRANT has single-handed authority to declare.

At least Obama siad it right to their faces, that he needs no authorization.

Bottom line - the Constitution has been violated by every president since congress declared war in 1941.

The War Powers Act should be abolished.

"We have allowed our nation to be over-taxed, over-regulated, and overrun by bureaucrats. The founders would be ashamed of us for what we are putting up with."
-Ron Paul

Cyril's picture

What a surprise.

What a surprise.

"Cyril" pronounced "see real". I code stuff.


"To study and not think is a waste. To think and not study is dangerous." -- Confucius

SteveMT's picture

Nicotine highs cause delusional disorders.

The treatment for this is jail where no smoking is permitted.

Further authorization was required

when Bush announced "Mission Accomplished!"