Same old story. Same old Democratic Party which was concerned about an imperial presidency when a Republican was in the White House, but thinks it’s awesome when a Democrat is squatting in the Oval Office.
I’ll let you know what’s going on, but I don’t need new congressional authority to act, President Barack Obama told congressional leaders Wednesday about his upcoming decision on possible military intervention in Iraq.
First in line to protest was Nancy Pelosi.
Top Democrats, including Pelosi, have decried the president’s latest plans. Pelosi, D-Calif., said Monday, “If the president is proposing an escalation, we want to see a justification for the mission.” She added that any funding for a surge would be “subjected to some pretty harsh scrutiny.”
Sorry, that was Pelosi’s response to Bush’s Iraq Surge.
Nancy Pelosi has claimed in the past that the 2002 AUMF did not even grant Bush the power to increase the troop levels in a military action that was unambiguously authorized by Congress:
But what a difference a Democrat makes.
“All of the authorities are there. That doesn’t mean I want all of them to be used, especially boots on the ground,” she said. “But I definitely think the president has all of the authority he needs by dint of legislation that was passed in 2001 and 2003.”
What does Pelosi want? She doesn’t know until Obama decides. It’s pathetic that Congressional Democrats have been reduced to a tail wagged by the White House dog.
Pelosi can’t take a firm position on Iraq until Obama does. So her only position is that whatever Obama does is right.
That’s a position familiar to any Soviet underling who believed that whatever the Great Leader did was good.