We all know that PBO cannot do anything right
in the eyes of the Republicans. Thus, whatever decision he makes as far as Iraq is concerned must be automatically attacked. Now I may not be the brightest person in the world, but how about the following possible scenario: Our commander in chief says the following:" If the USA goes back into Iraq it will be an act of war. Since I believe in our constitution it is up to the Congress to give me a declaration of war against Iraq. Therefore I have to await the decision of the Congress of the United States of America to pass that declaration."
Then the Congress, especially the House will be responsible for the outcome. Does that sound too crazy?
since this is what he did with Syria. Seems reasonable.
The US. It was the Republicans who voted down the Syrian request and if Obama requests to do something in Iraq they will turn it down and it will be on GOP congressional members.
They are still in effect. I doubt he will
seek further congressional authorization.
it would get him out of an unsolvable dilemma. I don't know though whether Wilson and Roosevelt had to ask congress first or whether the congress is the initiator.