The situation in Iraq is worsening by the hour and the duplicitous hypocrisy of Obama is deafening. If there were ever a “Red Line” moment, sure seems like it would be now, when an Islamic terrorist organization, deemed more outrageous than al-Qaida by al-Qaida itself, is taking over large swaths of territory in Iraq. All the while, they’re loading up catered American equipment and trucking it back to their established bases of operation and staging areas — but hey, Obama held a meeting and made another speech.
As reported in The Hill, “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.”
All of this is occurring under the unfolding events of militants (read “Islamic terrorists” — why do our media outlets have such a damn hard time saying this?) from the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) reportedly seizing control Wednesday of Iraq’s largest domestic oil refinery, prompting a bloody showdown with Iraqi security forces that underscored the instability. The refinery represents more than a quarter of Iraq’s domestic refining capability, and could prompt fuel and power shortages across the country.
“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.
“I think the authorization, the resolution authorizing use of force is still active, so I don’t think there is any requirement, legal requirement that he [seek congressional authority],” Thune said. “But I do think it would be advantageous for him to consult with Congress.”
What they are referring to is the AUMF (Authorized Use of Military Force) that was granted to President George W. Bush — who actually did go to Congress. Obama has a pen and a phone — why not use it in this case — oops, there is the hypocrisy in that if it affords him advantage for his liberal progressive agenda, or if he is hiding something (like releasing Taliban senior leaders) then he’s cool with unilateral decision-making.
Funny thing, I don’t recall Obama seeking Congressional approval for providing material support and assistance to Islamist rebel forces in Libya, do you? As a matter of fact, Obama was in complete violation of the War Powers Act — a law, by the way –but then again, “what difference at this point does it make?”
And then today, when speaking about Iraq, he had the gall to say “only leaders that can govern with an inclusive agenda are going to be able to truly bring the Iraqi people together and help them through this crisis.”
He’s lecturing about being inclusive? This is the most divisive president in my lifetime.
But it’s simple: Obama doesn’t want to be held responsible or accountable for anything. Campaign promises are indeed strategic decisions for him. So ending the war in Iraq, exiting Afghanistan and shutting down GITMO are his priorities – and the world be damned.
Someone needs to remind Obama that just because he wishes it so, it ain’t so. In warfare, the enemy always has a vote.