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Jesus Malverde

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Wed Jan 8, 2014, 04:22 PM Jan 2014

Obama backs repeal of law that green-lighted Iraq War [View all]

Source: Yahoo News

The law that green-lighted the March 2003 U.S. invasion of Iraq is still on the books ― but maybe not for much longer if President Barack Obama has his way, the White House said on Tuesday, two years after he declared the war officially over.

“The Administration supports the repeal of the Iraq AUMF,” national security spokeswoman Caitlin Hayden told Yahoo News, referring to the Authorization for Use of Military Force.

Obama frequently cites the U.S. troop withdrawal from Iraq as one of his key foreign policy successes. He has repeatedly defended the pull-out, even as he pursues a strategy to leave only a residual force of maybe 8,000 to 10,000 troops in Afghanistan after 2014. His administration recently promised it would not put boots back on the ground in Iraq in response to the current bloody chaos that threatens its stability.

But leaving the Iraq military force authorization in place could probably come in handy if he, or a future president, wanted to send troops in.

The last serious attempt to roll back the law came in late 2011, when Sen. Rand Paul, R.-Ky., introduced an amendment to do so. On Nov. 29 of that year, the measure failed in a lopsided 67-30 vote with three lawmakers not voting. Senators of both parties told Yahoo News at the time that the White House had opposed repeal.


Read more: http://news.yahoo.com/obama-backs-repeal-of-law-that-green-lighted-iraq-war-172954248.html

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Pleasant surprise. AtheistCrusader Jan 2014 #1
Good! Hubert Flottz Jan 2014 #2
Wow. Recommended. (nt) NYC_SKP Jan 2014 #3
Yes, let's do that, Congress. Obama and Rand Paul on the same page. Whaddya know? Comrade Grumpy Jan 2014 #4
I fear it will fail kurosagi Jan 2014 #5
Well if it does fail in the House there is an upside davidpdx Jan 2014 #6
well that would be a good debate to have Enrique Jan 2014 #7
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