Obama: Stop Me Before I Invade Iraq!
This is probably one of the more confusing stories to come out of a completely confused administration.
The Obama administration is calling on Congress to fully repeal the war authorization in Iraq to ensure that no U.S. troops return to the country, which is under siege by the extremist Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL or ISIS).
White House national security adviser Susan Rice petitioned Speaker of the House John Boehner (R., Ohio) in a letter Friday to completely repeal the war authorization, officially known as the Authorization for Use of Military Force in Iraq, or AUMF.
“With American combat troops having completed their withdrawal from Iraq on December 18, 2011, the Iraq AUMF is no longer used for any U.S. government activities and the administration fully supports its repeal,” Rice wrote. “Such a repeal would go much further in giving the American people confidence that ground forces will not be sent into combat in Iraq.”
1. No one wants to send troops into Iraq
2. The only person who can send troops into Iraq is Obama
3. Susan Rice, presumably representing Obama, wants to be prevented from sending soldiers to Iraq (even though some are already there as advisers and there’s US air power there.)
4. The AUMF isn’t relevant to Iraq today. We’re not about to attack Maliki for WMDs. Attacking ISIS would be covered under the original September 11.
5. Is everyone in Obama Inc. on drugs?
But wait, there’s a more rational explanation.Its acronym isn’t AUMF, it’s CYA.
Obama doesn’t want to be held responsible for anything in Iraq. If the AUMF is removed, he can claim, that even if there is a situation in Iraq that requires urgent action, say ISIS coming up with some fully deployable WMDs and threatening to attack the US with them, that he can no longer do it because Congress repealed the AUMF.
Darn that Republican Congress. Always doing the wrong thing.
The argument will basically be a crazy lie, but that’s normal for Obama and his media lackeys.
Alternately, if Obama does decide that something needs to be done because Hyde Park is the target, he will ask Congress, the way he didn’t before Libya, so that they’re also to blame for anything that happens.
It’s cynical, but this may be the most cynical administration ever. And I’m speaking globally, not nationally.
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