Asked if Congress could stop him from surging 21,500 troops into Iraq, Bush brushed aside Congress as irrelevant

Mr. Bush: Meet Walter Jones
LewRockwell.Com
by Pat Buchanan

01/16/07

Bush’s contempt for Congress is manifest and, frankly, justified. Asked if Congress could stop him from surging 21,500 troops into Iraq, Bush on ‘60 Minutes’ brushed aside Congress as irrelevant. ‘I fully understand (the Congress) could try to stop me from doing it. But I’ve made my decision. And we’re going forward.’ Asked if he had sole authority ‘to put the troops in there no matter what the Congress wants to do,’ Bush replied, ‘In this situation I do, yeah.’ Is Congress then impotent, if it does not want war on Iran? Enter Rep. Walter Jones, Republican of North Carolina. The day after Bush’s threat to Iran, Jones introduced a Joint Resolution, ‘Concerning the Use of Military Force by the United States Against Iran.’ Under HJR 14, ‘Absent a national emergency created by attack by Iran, or a demonstrably imminent attack by Iran, upon the United States, its territories, possessions or its armed forces, the president shall consult with Congress, and receive specific authorization pursuant to law from Congress, prior to initiating any use of force on Iran’...

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