#1 Obama to lawmakers: I don't need your approval to attack Islamic State by FWP 10.09.2014 12:49

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Obama to lawmakers: I don't need your approval to attack Islamic State

http://washingtonexaminer.com/obama-to-l...medium=referral

President Obama told congressional leaders in a meeting Tuesday that he has the authority to launch broader attacks against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, downplaying the prospect of a Capitol Hill vote on his military plan ahead of his prime-time address to the nation Wednesday night.

Obama “told the leaders that he has the authority he needs to take action against [the Islamic State] in accordance with the mission he will lay out in his address tomorrow,” the White House said in a readout of the meeting that included Obama, Vice President Joe Biden; House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio; Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev.; Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky.; and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif.

“The president told the leaders that he would welcome action by the Congress that would aid the overall effort and demonstrate to the world that the United States is united in defeating the threat from" the Islamic State, the White House added.

Some lawmakers have called on the president to seek congressional authorization for airstrikes in Iraq and potentially Syria, but the White House says the president is under no obligation to do so.

However, other lawmakers have little interest in taking such a controversial vote ahead of the November midterm elections.

Boehner’s office, for example, made no mention of a possible vote in its account of the meeting.

“The speaker made it clear that [the Islamic State] is preparing to fight us, and that as we learned in Syria, the longer we wait, the more difficult our choices become,” a Boehner aide said. “The speaker stated he would support the president if he chose to deploy the military to help train and play an advisory role for the Iraqi Security Forces and assist with lethal targeting of [Islamic State] leadership.”

The president will address the nation from the White House Wednesday evening and will discuss a broader campaign to combat the Islamic State. The White House, though, has refused to say whether Obama will call for extending airstrikes from Iraq to Syria.

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#2 RE: Obama to lawmakers: I don't need your approval to attack Islamic State by PzLdr 10.09.2014 13:19

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There is a great deal of difference between "can" and "will". Obama has never shown the will to attack anyone but Tea Partiers, Nuns, successful Americans and America. Until he does, whether Congress authorizes an attack or not, is irrelevant.

#3 RE: Obama to lawmakers: I don't need your approval to attack Islamic State by FWP 10.09.2014 14:45

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They can all go to hell, I don't support any of them, doing anything at this point. America's (read that We the People's) interests are no longer even the slightest bit important to any of them.

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