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Thursday, June 19, 2014

President Barack Obama told top Republicans and Democrats leaders from Congress Wednesday about his upcoming decision on possible military intervention in Iraq. Earlier, spokesman Jay Carney said, "The President hasn't ruled out anything except sending U.S. combat troops into Iraq." The White House maintains that no Congressional approval is required for the use of military force in Iraq, but Obama told the members of Congress in attendance they'd be consulted on the course being undertaken to respond to the threat posed to the country by the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS).

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Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky said the President "basically just briefed us on the situation in Iraq and indicated he didn't feel he had any need for authority from us for the steps that he might take." House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi of California agreed with McConnell's assessment, adding she believed congressional authorization for military force in Iraq back in 2001 and 2003 still applied.

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Uh oh. Now we know Iraq is going to get worse since Obama is going to try to help.

#1 | Posted by Dalton at 2014-06-19 09:15 AM | Reply | Flag:

First off Pelosi and McConnell should be removed from office for cowardice. Rolling over for the presidency in this way is border line treason. I don't care if it's Obama or Reagan. It simply shows that neither want to be on the record for any decision made. Second. There will be boots on the ground if there are air strikes. That was one of the lies of Lybia. You can't guide laser guided bombs with out someone paiting the targets.

#2 | Posted by Dalton at 2014-06-19 11:23 AM | Reply | Flag:

Dalton, consider this.....regardless of how anyone feels about Obama, if a president can count on obstruction and politics with regard to getting authorization from congress (that he doesn't technically need) then why engage in that?

either the plans for Iraq are right or not. One thing is for sure, all congress is going to do is argue politics and wind up voting party line regardless of what the plans are.

IOW, there is no plan Obama can submit that will meet the approval of the GOP so why not just tell them to stick it and move on without them?

#3 | Posted by eberly at 2014-06-19 11:33 AM | Reply | Flag:

He (sadly) doesn't need Congress as they have already (stupidly) given any President a blank check to do what they feel they must to battle AQ.

Welcome to the Hotel Iraq-ifornia
You can check out any time you like
But you can never leave.

#4 | Posted by kanrei at 2014-06-19 11:39 AM | Reply | Flag:

being in his 2nd term also strengthens his ability to give the middle finger to congress, even his own party.

#5 | Posted by eberly at 2014-06-19 11:41 AM | Reply | Flag:

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

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I seem to remember hearing those same words before...

#6 | Posted by Shawn at 2014-06-19 11:43 AM | Reply | Flag:

Eberly, it's not the job of the congress to come up with a specific plan. That's for the president to determine. I agree that the congress will play politics. They will do that either way. I just simply want them on the record to be considered in the future. If Americans are going to die and money be spent they need to have a record of their vote. Because the way it is now they continue to get elected while playing politics. It's disgusting b/c the majority of them voted to invade Iraq and now they are scared to death to go on the record again.

#7 | Posted by Dalton at 2014-06-19 11:47 AM | Reply | Flag:

Screw Iraq, they hate us anyway and never appreciated that we liberated them from Saddam. We should do nothing to help them and open up more areas for drilling here in the US so their oil is meaningless to us as well. I was for the war after 9-11 but have learned like many like me that these people are hopeless.

#8 | Posted by fishpaw at 2014-06-19 11:58 AM | Reply | Flag:

"It's disgusting b/c the majority of them voted to invade Iraq and now they are scared to death to go on the record again."

it shouldn't scare them.

Look at Hillary. She's going to get 10s of millions of votes from partisan democrats who pretended her authorization never happened.

Rather, they'll blame Rush Limbaugh for Hillary's support for military action in Iraq.

#9 | Posted by eberly at 2014-06-19 12:01 PM | Reply | Flag: | Newsworthy 1

Meanwhile, the house of Saud sends a warning of sorts: www.telegraph.co.uk

#10 | Posted by GIMPSTER at 2014-06-19 12:25 PM | Reply | Flag:

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

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I seem to remember hearing those same words before...

#6 | Posted by Shawn

But........but.......... acording to the dems there never was authorization to go into iraq. How two-faced is that?

#11 | Posted by Sniper at 2014-06-19 12:47 PM | Reply | Flag:

Look at Hillary. She's going to get 10s of millions of votes from partisan democrats who pretended her authorization never happened.
Rather, they'll blame Rush Limbaugh for Hillary's support for military action in Iraq.

#9 | POSTED BY EBERLY AT 2014-06-19 12:01 PM | REPLY | FLAG:FOUND THE STUPID PILLS AND ATE THEM ALL

Hillary already admitted it was a mistake. She has more cajone's than the nit wits you think should be making the calls. But go ahead and bitch all you want. I have learned over the past six years the louder you bitch about something Obama the better he looks when the dust settles.

In other words you are about to get spanked again.

Don't say you weren't warned.

#12 | Posted by RightisTrite at 2014-06-19 12:55 PM | Reply | Flag: | Newsworthy 1

We ALL know the Obama plan for Iraq is NO plan. Well, maybe a red line or two.

#13 | Posted by jestgettinalong at 2014-06-19 12:55 PM | Reply | Flag:

trite,

admitting it was a mistake won't work for a single republican....but it's good enough for you with Hillary.

Got it.

I'm not complaining about anything....just pointing out that Iraq never really mattered to partisan democrats.

they, and you, are voting for Hillary no matter what.

and then blame Rush Limbaugh for our woes........

think about that......party line voters whining about Rush Limbaugh.

talk about the pot calling the kettle black.

#14 | Posted by eberly at 2014-06-19 12:58 PM | Reply | Flag:

"Meanwhile, the house of Saud sends a warning of sorts:"

As long as the Sunnis are winning anyway. It was sure different when it was Saddam's Shiites winning back when though, wasn't it?

#15 | Posted by jestgettinalong at 2014-06-19 01:03 PM | Reply | Flag: | Newsworthy 1

I thought Obama was supposed to pull troops out and end the wars. Has he told the truth about anything?

#16 | Posted by 4doxies at 2014-06-19 02:13 PM | Reply | Flag:

"As long as the Sunnis are winning anyway. It was sure different when it was Saddam's Shiites winning back when though, wasn't it?"

Absolutely...

#17 | Posted by GIMPSTER at 2014-06-19 03:06 PM | Reply | Flag:

So,we're not going to take sides but we're going to send "advisers". Does that mean, ISIS, the Shia, and the Kurds all get to divvy up the "advisers"? What a mess globally and domestically. I don't know if this country will survive 2 more years of this Jokester.

#18 | Posted by matsop at 2014-06-19 03:21 PM | Reply | Flag:

"I don't know if this country will survive 2 more years of this Jokester."

I used to cringe at the thought of Barackus Maximus' impeachment and removal from office because the thought of President Biden caused me great heartburn. However, I'm more than ready to take the chance given the last couple of weeks with the exploding "phoney scandals" and devastating foreign policy along with all the new executive orders. Ol' Joe COULD NOT possibly be any worse.

#19 | Posted by jestgettinalong at 2014-06-19 05:58 PM | Reply | Flag:

In other words you are about to get spanked again.

Don't say you weren't warned.

You know the saddest part of this whole story? You think that you're "winning" something.

#20 | Posted by Ben_Berkkake at 2014-06-20 10:07 AM | Reply | Flag:

**** And adhering patriotically to tradition,before Obama advised Congress on his Iraq Plans,they all dutifully Bent Over and Grabbed their Ankles!

#21 | Posted by AntiCadillac at 2014-06-21 03:29 AM | Reply | Flag:

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