White House finally addresses ISIS’s rise in Mideast… by demanding repeal of Iraq War resolution

posted at 7:01 pm on July 25, 2014 by Noah Rothman

In early June, when fighters loyal to the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria mounted a blitz across Iraq, taking key cities and forcing the far more numerous and better trained Iraqi Security Forces to flee or surrender, the Obama administration appeared to be as shocked as anyone.

We now know based on testimony that the administration had been following the rise of ISIS at least 2012, and knew that the city of Mosul – where horrific violence and human tragedy has been ongoing for weeks – would fall to the Sunni fundamentalist group as early as three days before it did.

Nevertheless, the administration projected concern over the troubling developments in Iraq and Syria, and President Barack Obama soon informed the public that the situation was so dire that he was contemplating manned and unmanned airstrikes in Iraq in order to stem the group’s advance.

“We have already taken some immediate steps, including providing enhanced aerial surveillance support to assist the Iraqis in this fight,” Secretary of State John Kerry told reporters in London on Friday, June 13. “We have also ramped up shipments of military aid to Iraq since the beginning of the year.”

Reports indicated that the president was reviewing his military options and the order to execute military strikes inside Iraq could come as early as that weekend. “President Barack Obama has the authority to wage war in Iraq without going to Congress, because the original use of force authorization remains in effect,” Roll Call’s Steven Dennis reported on June 12.

While the administration has always supported the repeal of the Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF) in Iraq, passed by Congress in 2002, they never pursued its repeal with much enthusiasm and it appeared as though they never would. After all, the AUMF might come in handy now that a threat to American national security was being incubated there.

Guess again!

“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,” The Washington Free Beacon’s Adam Kredo reported on Friday.

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.

“We believe a more appropriate and timely action for Congress to take is the repeal of the outdated 2002 Authorization for Use of Military Force in Iraq,” Rice wrote, according to a copy of her letter obtained by the Washington Free Beacon.

“Such a repeal would go much further in giving the American people confidence that ground forces will not be sent into combat in Iraq,” Rice’s letter read.

Sending ground troops to Iraq, you might recall, is unpopular with the American people even though it still may be necessary as a fleet of American naval vessels remain positioned in the Persian Gulf in order to facilitate potential contingency operations should Americans need to be evacuated from Iraq on an emergency basis.

That would be, of course, the strategic consideration. But this is not a strategic move. It is, as has been this administration’s approach to virtually every Iraqi security issue, a political concern first and foremost.


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unserious people.

bloghooligan on July 25, 2014 at 7:03 PM

Jeebus.

I didn’t think these weirdo’s could creep me out any more than they do now, and yet, here they are.

Bishop on July 25, 2014 at 7:07 PM

So basically, the administrations message to ISIS is, “Have at it!!”

ReaganWasRight on July 25, 2014 at 7:08 PM

“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,”

Obama doesn’t want some upstart Republicans taking control of the House and Senate and forcing him to send troops to Iraq so he is asking for the War Authorization to go away to preempt any possibility of that. After all Obama stabilized Iraq and said it was good and everything and we never have to worry about that Country again.

Remember, the World disappoints Obama, Obama does not disappoint the World. It is his legacy.

Johnnyreb on July 25, 2014 at 7:10 PM

“Such a repeal would go much further in giving the American people confidence that ground forces will not be sent into combat in Iraq,” Rice’s letter read.

Why the hell would we need that to boost our confidence? Are you saying that we shouldn’t be satisfied with the assurances from the Liar-in-Chief that he won’t send in ground troops…?

JohnGalt23 on July 25, 2014 at 7:11 PM

Obama doesn’t want some upstart Republicans taking control of the House and Senate and forcing him to send troops to Iraq so he is asking for the War Authorization to go away to preempt any possibility of that

How, exactly, does Congress force POTUS to send any troops anywhere…?

JohnGalt23 on July 25, 2014 at 7:12 PM

They knew there were problems in Benghazi too so this isn’t surprising. Suspicious, but not surprising.

rbj on July 25, 2014 at 7:13 PM

What kind of freaking moron takes in a situation like this and their best idea is “let’s take any use of force off the table and make it public.”

Hot d@amn these people are idiots.

WitchDoctor on July 25, 2014 at 7:13 PM

Ummm, what?!

ElectricPhase on July 25, 2014 at 7:14 PM

Well, Iraq is a peaceful and stable democracy now, after all. Obama, and the ultimate foreign policy expert Joe Biden, said so and even crowed to the nation about it. We all know they would not say it if it were’nt so.

On the other hand, I’m trying to decide whether this is more Marx Brothers, or the Three Stooges.

bobthm3 on July 25, 2014 at 7:14 PM

Obama ♥ the Muslim Brotherhood.

albill on July 25, 2014 at 7:15 PM

Waiting for Harry Reid to proclaim once again that

The war is lost

Oh I forgot, that only matters when it can be blamed on republicans.

Gwillie on July 25, 2014 at 7:17 PM

Who needs repeal in the Age of Lawlessness, Pen & Phone, Surrender, and Hashtag Diplomacy?

ShainS on July 25, 2014 at 7:19 PM

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.

“We believe a more appropriate and timely action for Congress to take is the repeal of the outdated 2002 Authorization for Use of Military Force in Iraq,” Rice wrote, according to a copy of her letter obtained by the Washington Free Beacon.

Um…wouldn’t this move the UAMF into the “living, breathing document” category?

Newtie and the Beauty on July 25, 2014 at 7:21 PM

Waiting for Harry Reid to proclaim once again that

The war is lost

Oh I forgot, that only matters when it can be blamed on republicans.

Gwillie on July 25, 2014 at 7:17 PM

He’s had a change of heart (or, more likely, diaper):

“Iraq is secure.” — Harry Reid

ShainS on July 25, 2014 at 7:23 PM

I didn’t think these weirdo’s could creep me out any more than they do now, and yet, here they are.

Bishop on July 25, 2014 at 7:07 PM

I find myself saying that almost every day or every week at the least. No matter how bizarre, immoral, hypocritical, stupid, vindictive, inciting, creepy, spiteful, racist, or just plain stupid something they say or do is, they always seem to top it by the next week.

Harbingeing on July 25, 2014 at 7:24 PM

How, exactly, does Congress force POTUS to send any troops anywhere…? JohnGalt23 on July 25, 2014 at 7:12 PM

Uh, by declaring war on that place?

Akzed on July 25, 2014 at 7:26 PM

Boehner, now is your chance to show the decisive leadership that you are famous for. Tell Ms. Rice and the administration what you think.

arnold ziffel on July 25, 2014 at 7:28 PM

Congress wouldn’t dare do this, 0b00ba is just in “I’m-a-political-genius mode,” thinking he’s painted congress into a corner.

“The Republicans… want to send your sons and daughters… to, uh… die in Iraq. That… you didn’t build that breathalyzer. Somebody else… made that happen, corpse-man.”

Akzed on July 25, 2014 at 7:31 PM

“Don’t do stupid sh!t” doesn’t mean what it used to.

frost_ on July 25, 2014 at 7:31 PM

So Rice wants Congress to tie Obama’s hands.

Novel approach.

BKeyser on July 25, 2014 at 7:32 PM

How, exactly, does Congress force POTUS to send any troops anywhere…?
JohnGalt23 on July 25, 2014 at 7:12 PM

Uh, by declaring war on that place?

Akzed on July 25, 2014 at 7:26 PM

Ohh pshaw – King Putt can do that with an EO now – he got a pen and a phone ya know…..

dentarthurdent on July 25, 2014 at 7:37 PM

Obama’s name will go down in infamy.

The new ‘legacy’ of the Democrats is the rise of extremist Islam, the death of Democracy in the Middle East, the subjugation and genital mutilation of women and girls, the murder of Christians, the trampling of human rights and civil rights, needless human pain and suffering on a scale not seen since WWII, and the entire area awash in a sea of blood.

Remember that Cairo speech in ’09

And look at the reality of the rise of Islam since.

thatsafactjack on July 25, 2014 at 7:39 PM

Rice forgot the hashtag. King Barack isn’t serious if there’s no hashtag!

GarandFan on July 25, 2014 at 7:40 PM

Uh, by declaring war on that place?

Akzed on July 25, 2014 at 7:26 PM

Well, first of all, with the AUMF in place, it’s not like anything changes if he gets rid of it. Congress could just declare war again.

But that would be silly. Because, let’s say they declare war, and he refuses to send the troops anywhere. he is, after all, Commander-in-Chief.

So, what then…?

JohnGalt23 on July 25, 2014 at 7:45 PM

Why doesn’t he just pick up his pen and declare it Null & Void?

Another Drew on July 25, 2014 at 7:48 PM

Ummm, what?!

ElectricPhase on July 25, 2014 at 7:14 PM

Agreed, WTF is this nonsense?

Key West Reader on July 25, 2014 at 7:51 PM

The CAUF has in it that we are to get rid of all terrorist ops in Iraq.

Yeah, an impossible task, but so is Obamacare and Congress passed that, too.

Howabout we just pair those two up as lost causes due for repeal?

Obama won’t enforce either of them properly – he can’t do his own signature legislation as it is written, and he can’t get a PEACE TREATY with Iraq.

What a maroon.

ajacksonian on July 25, 2014 at 7:52 PM

Uh, by declaring war on that place?
Akzed on July 25, 2014 at 7:26 PM

Wrong, cupcake. The President is CinC, Congress can’t force him to send troops, and can only force him to withdraw troops if they money runs out, since – legally – he has no way to fund them himself.
Perhaps you should bone up on the War Powers Act – Pro and Con.

Another Drew on July 25, 2014 at 7:52 PM

Every single one of these dirtbag POS enemies of Freedom and Liberty needs to be given a choice: 1) be exported to their own island country without electricity (they hate free enterprise and ingenuity too much to ever fear they’d build something to get off), or 2) horsewhipped, dragged along a dirt road (too racist), and shot.

We have the right to be free from their Tyrannical aspirations.

UnstChem on July 25, 2014 at 8:00 PM

should be (too racist?)

UnstChem on July 25, 2014 at 8:03 PM

Still playing politics I see. Obama cares about nothing but himself.

Jack_Burton on July 25, 2014 at 8:03 PM

Obama’s just trying to let his muslim brotherhood friends keep some of their gains, since the Egyptians kicked them out, and Israel is busy doing the same to Hamas, the muslim brotherhood’s offshoot in Gaza.

Doc Holliday on July 25, 2014 at 8:04 PM

Is this country really that freakin dumbed down?
Are we there ?

FlaMurph on July 25, 2014 at 8:05 PM

Another Drew on July 25, 2014 at 7:52 PM
JohnGalt23 on July 25, 2014 at 7:45 PM

Right. Forgot for a moment there who we were dealing with.

At the same time, if something happened so awful that congress was moved to declare war, POTUS would be hard pressed not to prosecute it.

A just war of defense against armed invasion would require the president to dedicate forces, otherwise he would be instantly impeached and sacked.

A just war of interest, such as in the case of say, China sinking ships carrying US goods unprovoked, would also result in his impeachment if he refused to commit forces.

In the case of an unjust declaration of war by congress, e.g. if congress decided to invade Ivory Coast to corner the ivory market, the people would turn congress over at the first opportunity.

Again, with this azzwipe in the Oval Orifice, normalcy cannot be counted upon. Please forgive my most egregious transgression.

And don’t call me cupcake.

Akzed on July 25, 2014 at 8:06 PM

RE: Akzed on July 25, 2014 at 7:26 PM

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I guess we are.

FlaMurph on July 25, 2014 at 8:07 PM

So, Congress repeals AUMF, The One says “my hands are tied”, and in the end he gets to play Ted Kennedy to Baghdad’s Saigon, and blame the GOP for keeping him from… doing what he had absolutely no intention of doing to begin with.

He wanted his own Vietnam Triumph. He’s got it.

On LGF, I predicted this when he first took office and began playing ducks and drakes with Iraq and AFPAK both. I stand by that prediction.

He wants the Islamists to win, and everyone else to lose. Not because he’s a Muslim (he’s not, he’s a narcissist and delusional egomaniac) but because a mystical, “authentic” regime’ there will serve as a shining example of what Utopia should and will look like.

It’s pointless to try to tell him different. He simply refuses to hear it.

And besides, outside of himself and his minions, he regards everyone over here as the real enemy. Of all that is Right and Good.

Do you seriously believe that he gives a damn what the American people think?

About anything?

clear ether

eon

eon on July 25, 2014 at 8:07 PM

And don’t call me cupcake.

Akzed on July 25, 2014 at 8:06 PM

Can we call you Shirley?

UnstChem on July 25, 2014 at 8:09 PM

He wants the Islamists to win, and everyone else to lose. Not because he’s a Muslim (he’s not, he’s a narcissist and delusional egomaniac) but because a mystical, “authentic” regime’ there will serve as a shining example of what Utopia should and will look like.

You’re mostly right. Don’t forget that first and foremost, he’s a Communist. They don’t believe in God or Allah (except unto themselves, i.e. narcissist and delusional egomaniac).

UnstChem on July 25, 2014 at 8:13 PM

After all,once you got past, “I was against it fiiirst, I was against it fiiirst”, Choomie really didn’t have much to say.

formwiz on July 25, 2014 at 8:14 PM

Liberal idiots all.

rplat on July 25, 2014 at 8:18 PM

Can we call you Shirley? UnstChem on July 25, 2014 at 8:09 PM

Shirley you jest.

Akzed on July 25, 2014 at 8:30 PM

wow. as much as I detest this president and anyone stupid enought to work under him, i would never have thought that he was this clueless. If he pursues this we might as well print gude books for ISIS for the rest of the middle east. I am truly speechless.

warmairfan on July 25, 2014 at 9:10 PM

Pen…phone….

And, after all this time, what difference does it make?

ProfShadow on July 25, 2014 at 9:15 PM

Plainly, the administration and the Dems want to run against the Iraq war again. This is their way of throwing the issue on the table.

There is nothing that this will do of a beneficial nature to our standing in the world. If there was any possibility that some potential foe would fear US retaliation for some outrage, this should end it once and for all. We will do nothing about anything period full stop.

KW64 on July 25, 2014 at 10:17 PM

Indecisive cowards, all of the WH crew.

Man, will they have to answer for how many deaths??? Hundreds of thousands? millions?

They just don’t get it but then again, they weren’t taught it and neither are our kids being taught what they must learn. Bad people exist and they NEVER will go along with the pacifists.

MN J on July 25, 2014 at 10:43 PM

I didn’t think these weirdo’s could creep me out any more than they do now, and yet, here they are.

Bishop on July 25, 2014 at 7:07 PM

I find myself saying that almost every day or every week at the least. No matter how bizarre, immoral, hypocritical, stupid, vindictive, inciting, creepy, spiteful, racist, or just plain stupid something they say or do is, they always seem to top it by the next week.

Harbingeing on July 25, 2014 at 7:24 PM

I find myself saying the f-word a lot. Can’t believe after all the time and life given there, he wasted it.

hawkdriver on July 25, 2014 at 11:02 PM

Is there anyone in the political whore-class in Washington that has a set of balls left?

I seriously think Piglosi went around to all the beta-males in Congress and the White House and castrated the lot!

Meople on July 25, 2014 at 11:27 PM

That’s like canceling your line of credit at the bank because you’ll never need it.

Stuck on stupid.

bpard on July 25, 2014 at 11:38 PM

Wow…the polling for November must be really bad.

Kenz on July 26, 2014 at 2:36 AM

Obama is a coward. Period.

Wendya on July 26, 2014 at 3:45 AM

What’s the point of changing the law? 0 will do whatever the **** he wants anyway. This just gives him a$$ cover for not having the cojones to send in troops.

It’s criminal that after all the blood and money we spent to secure Iraq, we’ll have to do it all over again because of this idiot.

wdkeller on July 26, 2014 at 8:21 AM

I guess it’s 1979 redux for the embassy staff, not 1975 redux.

Steve Eggleston on July 26, 2014 at 10:04 AM

Stupid is as stupid does….

sorrowen on July 26, 2014 at 10:09 AM

why is administration determined to let isis succeed, who benefits, not the US, who?

losarkos on July 26, 2014 at 10:19 AM

This Administration has no idea what is going on in the Middle East, because they have no idea who the enemy is and as usual thinks it is supporting the underdog.

Historically, a Cease Fire/Peace Agreement will be impossible, as long as the agreement is brokered with one side of Islam consisting of militant/fundamental Islamic terrorists, who feel entitled to the entire region and think that the culture of Judaism must be eradicated from the face of the earth.

MSGTAS on July 26, 2014 at 10:21 AM

At some point I do think the world has enough people. BHO, 2014. This is going to take the Margaret Sanger theory to a whole new level.

Kissmygrits on July 26, 2014 at 10:44 AM

Speechless.

Patriot Vet on July 26, 2014 at 11:47 AM

I have no words to describe the “Nancy Pancy” living in the people’s house. Anyone who stays home and does not vote no matter who runs does not care about America. If we don’t win all the marbles, your high held principles won’t be worth a damn.

AReadyRepub on July 26, 2014 at 6:26 PM