Obama's Iraq Speech Neither Rules Out Military Action, Nor Promises To Put It Before Congress for a Vote
June 20, 2014 • 9:35AM

Obama's televised speech on Iraq Thursday afternoon neither ruled out military action against Iraq, nor promised to put any military action before Congress for a vote. Obama must be impeached before it is too late.

Obama promised today to "create joint operation centers in Baghdad and northern Iraq to share intelligence and coordinate planning to confront the terrorist threat of the ISIL... We have had advisers in Iraq through our embassy, and we're prepared to send a small number of additional military advisers, up to 300, to assess how we can best train, advise and support Iraqi security forces going forward." (Vietnam, anyone?)

Obama continued, "[I]n recent days, we positioned additional U.S. military assets in the region. Because of our increased intelligence resources, we're developing more information about potential targets associated with ISIL and going forward, we will be prepared to take targeted and precise military action if and when we determine that the situation on the ground requires it." (emphasis added.)

On June 17, The Hill and other press reported that Obama said, "I don't need approval from Congress to act," though the Constitution requires the President to have it. In his declaration to press today, Obama states only, "[W]e will be prepared to take targeted and precise military action if and when we determine that the situation on the ground requires it. If we do, I will consult closely with Congress and leaders in Iraq and the region."

 

The photos of Obama meeting with chummy and supine Congressional leaders Pelosi, Boehner, McConnell and Reid on June 17 shows how worthless "consulting" is. The Constitution requires a vote of approval by Congress, as Rep. Walter Jones put forward on Jan. 3, 2013, in H.Con.Res. 3, which states, "the use of offensive military force by a President without prior and clear authorization of an Act of Congress violates Congress' exclusive power to declare war under article I, section 8, clause 11 of the Constitution and therefore constitutes an impeachable high crime and misdemeanor under article II, section 4 of the Constitution." The Constitution requires that the Congress approve use of military force in a vote, not be consulted about it. Now is the time to insure a world without war by impeaching Obama!