To Defeat IS, Impeach Obama and Release 28 Pages
September 10, 2014 • 2:34PM

A PDF of this statement is available here.

One day before his scheduled 9 PM address to the nation, President Obama already made clear that he has no intention of seeking Congressional authorization for his war plan against the Islamic State—despite the fact that Administration officials have said that the war will last for years. And coming out of the NATO summit in Wales last week, Obama aligned with British Prime Minister David Cameron in rejecting the idea of collaboration with the Assad government in Syria to defeat IS.

Lyndon LaRouche emphasized again today that if the President refuses to go to Congress for full authorization for the use of force, he should be immediately impeached. In a recent webcast, LaRouche fully endorsed General Martin Dempsey's call for a comprehensive campaign to wipe out the Islamic State, including simultaneous operations in both Iraq and Syria. The U.S. must join with both of those governments in the effort.

While Obama met with Congressional leaders at the White House on Tuesday, and the legislators came out of the meeting with no clear demand that the President get formal Congressional approval, the President is also coming under intense pressure once again to release the 28 pages from the original 9/11 Joint Congressional Inquiry detailing the role of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in sponsoring the hijackers of Sept. 11, 2001. After a strong CNN spot on the 28 pages aired on Monday night, the White House contacted CNN to report that the matter had been referred to the Office of the Director of National Intelligence for review and recommendation. This flies in the face of Obama's two face-to-face promises to 9/11 family members that he would release the 28 pages.

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The IS plague cannot be defeated without a concerted and coordinated effort from governments in the region, taking the lead. Without releasing the 28 pages, there is no reason to believe that the Saudis will genuinely end their sponsorship of Sunni jihadist terrorism. Preliminary efforts to reach a Saudi-Iranian rapprochement against the Islamic State have gone forward in recent weeks with the visit of the Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister to Riyadh. A Sept. 7 Arab League foreign ministers meeting raised the prospect of a "comprehensive treaty of collective security" that would allow the Arab League states to "confront together the threat faced by Arab countries." Russia has signaled support for this Arab League initiative, and the Russians have provided urgently needed military hardware to the Iraqi armed forces, including fighter jets and combat helicopters on a rush basis.