Skip to content

OBAMA DEFIANT: President says he doesn't need Congress to act on Iraq

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)
6/19/2014 (3 years ago)
Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

Possible military intervention considered to halt incursion of Sunni Muslims in Baghdad

President Barack Obama told congressional leaders that he doesn't need Congress to act on the situation in Iraq. According to officials, the president told congressional leaders that he doesn't need new congressional authority to act. A recent White House meeting, according to some "sounded more like a listening session for the top Republicans and Democrats in the House and Senate." Tensions are running high in Iraq as the embattled Shiite government tries to turn the tide of Sunni Islamist fighters toward Baghdad.

President Barack Obama is holding a press conference to discuss the crisis in Iraq today.

President Barack Obama is holding a press conference to discuss the crisis in Iraq today.

Highlights

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)
Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)
6/19/2014 (3 years ago)

Published in Politics & Policy

Keywords: President Obama, Iraq, policy, Congress


LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - According to a White House statement, Obama went over U.S. efforts to "strengthen the capacity of Iraq's security forces to confront the threat" from the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) fighters, "including options for increased security assistance."

Spokesman Jay Carney had earlier spelled out one limit to any U.S. help, saying: "The President hasn't ruled out anything except sending U.S. combat troops into Iraq."

See how you can join the fight against world hunger -- by going here --

According to Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, Obama "basically just briefed us on the situation in Iraq and indicated he didn't feel he had any need for authority from us for the steps that he might take."

House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi of California agreed with McConnell's assessment, adding she believed congressional authorization for military force in Iraq back in 2001 and 2003 still applied.

Obama "did not give us an array of actions he was planning to take," Pelosi said. "He just talked about his perspective on what was happening there."

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey said they were working out details on possible U.S. steps that could include airstrikes on Sunni militants advancing through northern Iraq.

"I share alarm about the future of Iraq, and we are developing a full range of options to help stabilize the region," Dempsey said at a Senate subcommittee hearing.

Both Dempsey and Hagel agreed with subcommittee members that the Iraq crisis amounted to a threat to U.S. interests in the region. The situation also poses a future threat to the U.S. homeland if northern Iraq and neighboring Syria become a safe haven for al Qaeda-affiliated Islamists.

"Although currently a regional threat, they do have aspirations to attack Western interests," Dempsey said, calling the safe haven outcome outlined by Graham a "high-risk scenario."

"Yeah, to our homeland being attacked by this group," Graham countered, to which Dempsey responded, "not at this time but over time."

Conservative critic Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina noted that ISIS fighters have threatened to attack the United States.

President Barack Obama is holding a press conference to discuss the crisis in Iraq today.

---


'Help give every student and teacher Free resources for a world-class moral Catholic education'


Copyright 2018 - Distributed by THE CALIFORNIA NETWORK

Pope Francis Prayer Intentions for JANUARY 2018
Religious Minorities in Asia.
That Christians, and other religious minorities in Asian countries, may be able to practise their faith in full freedom.


Comments


More Politics & Policy

President Trump declares 'Religious Freedom Day' Watch

Image of President Trump is a strong supporter of religious freedom.

US President Donald Trump issued a proclamation declaring Jan. 16, 2018, as "religious freedom day." This date was chosen as it is the ... continue reading


Catholic leaders rally behind 'DREAMers' Watch

Image of Catholic leaders are speaking in defense of 'dreamers.'

Catholic leaders have responded to developments in the legal battle over the DACA program, including a court order maintaining legal ... continue reading


President Trump orders stealth bombers to Guam Watch

Image of The arrival of three B-2 bombers in Guam ups the ante on North Korea. It is unclear why the bombers were ordered to the island base.

President Trump has ordered three B-2 stealth bombers to Guam, in a surprise show of force. It is unclear if the move has been planned for ... continue reading


State Department issues list of 10 worst offenders against religious freedom Watch

Image of The State Department has issued a list of 10 countries that have poor records on religious freedom.

The State Department on Thursday unveiled its list of countries designated as the worst offenders against religious liberty. Advocates of ... continue reading


Feast of the Holy Innocents: No to legal Abortion. Stop Killing Children! Watch

Image of Every child killed by voluntary abortion in our own age is a Holy Innocent. Every politician who supports this killing, implicitly or explicitly, carries on the evil act of Herod.

On this Feast of the Holy Innocents let us demand that abortion is not health care. It is a barbaric practice masquerading as freedom. ... continue reading


Never Miss any Updates!

Stay up to date with the latest news, information, and special offers.

Information
Learn about Catholic world

Catholic Online
Inform - Inspire - Ignite

Catholic Online Saints
Your saints explained

Catholic Online Prayers
Prayers for every need

Catholic Online Bible
Complete bible online

Catholic Online News
Your news Catholic eye

Daily Reading
Today's bible reading

Lent / Easter
Death & resurrection of Jesus

Advent / Christmas
Birth of Jesus

Rest of Catholic Online
All Catholic world we offer

Services
Products and services we offer

Catholic Online Shopping
Catholic medals, gifts & books

The California Network
Inspiring streaming service

Advertise on Catholic Online
Your ads on catholic.org

Catholic Online Email
Email with Catholic feel

Catholic Online Singles
Safe, secure Catholic dating

The California Studios
World-class post production service

Education
Learn the Catholic way

Catholic Online School
Free Catholic education for all

Student Classes
K-12 & Adult Education Classes

School Teachers
Teacher lesson plans & resources

Support Free Education
Tax deductible support Free education

Socials
Connect with us online

Catholic Online on Facebook
Catholic social network

Catholic Online on Twitter
Catholic Tweets

Catholic Online on YouTube
Enjoy our videos

Catholic Online on Instagram
Shared Catholic moments

Catholic Online on Pinterest
Catholic ideas style inspiration

Catholic Online Logo

Copyright 2018 Catholic Online. All materials contained on this site, whether written, audible or visual are the exclusive property of Catholic Online and are protected under U.S. and International copyright laws, © Copyright 2018 Catholic Online. Any unauthorized use, without prior written consent of Catholic Online is strictly forbidden and prohibited.