The Obama administration responded to Congressional inquiries about US activity in Iraq by asking to have the 2003 Authorization to Use Military Force (AUMF) cancelled. The White House made the offer in a letter from National Security Adviser Susan Rice.
He is refighting the Iraq war battle with Republicans, according to one Congressional leader.
“When Speaker Boehner told me about Ms. Rice’s letter, I thought he was joking,” said House Armed Services Committee Chairman Howard P. “Buck” McKeon (R-CA) in a statement.
“Why on earth is the President’s National Security Advisor pleading with Congress,” asked McKeon in a statement, “to help build Americans’ confidence that the President will not confront a clear and present danger to the United States? He needs no help there. Where is her plan to stop this looming threat? Where is her request for additional intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance assets to monitor the situation? Why isn’t she over here, building support to stop a common enemy? Why is she fighting Congress instead of ISIS? Why on earth is she refighting the 2003 Iraq War in 2014?”
“This isn’t just absurd. We’re past absurd. This is dangerous. This Administration is fiddling while the world burns, and now they’re demanding Congress play with them,” McKeon continued.
“If the Administration fought terrorists with half the tenacity they fight straw men, we wouldn’t be in this mess. It is my sincere hope that someone comes to their senses on Pennsylvania Avenue, before something worse happens,” McKeon concluded.
The President, meanwhile, told Congress he doesn’t need their permission to attack ISIS.
“This action is being undertaken in coordination with the Government of Iraq and has been directed consistent with my responsibility to protect U.S. citizens both at home and abroad, and in furtherance of U.S. national security and foreign policy interests, pursuant to my constitutional authority to conduct U.S. foreign relations and as Commander in Chief and Chief Executive,” Obama wrote in a letter to Congress.
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