Bush Administration and Iraq

In Bush/Cheney Administration, Iraq War, politics on March 6, 2008 by Editor Z

Bush to Congress: Screw Congressional Oversight on Iraq.

If this is true, it is a frightening view into the Bush Administration’s mindset and broadening of executive power. Hopefully it is a tide that can be turned back.

Army Times:

The Bush administration says the 2002 Congressional Authorization to go to war with Iraq gives it the authority to conduct combat operations in Iraq and negotiate far-reaching agreements with the current Iraqi government without consulting congress.

The assertion jointly made Tuesday by U.S Ambassador David Sattersfield and Assistant Secretary David Sattersfield for International Security Affairs Mary Beth Long, drew an incredulous reaction from Democrats on a joint House Committee during a hearing on future U.S commitments to Iraq.

“Its the view of the administration that as long as there’s trouble in Iraq that you have the authorization of this congress to continue there in perpetuity and define trouble as you desire?” asked Rep. Gary Ackerman (D-NY).

“We have the authorization to defend the National Security of the United States against the continuing threat posed by Iraq,” Sattersfield replied. “The situation in Iraq continues to pose a threat to the United States.”

The Bush administration also feels it does not need to seek the authorization
ratify two pending agreements with Iraq: a “strategic framework” that would govern “normalized” relations with the U.S and a status of Forces Agreement that would govern the “authorities and protections” of U.S Troops in Iraq past Dec. 31, the expiration of a U.N. resolution that the administration says authorizes thier prescience.

Long and Sattersfield as well as past statements by administration officials have sought to quell anxieties, fears, and charges of not consulting the congress by insisting that the proposed “agreements” don’t implement polices that are too rigid. That the agreements won’t implement a set of rigid agreements that will restrict the options of future administrations and at a future time can be altered.

MY TAKE: This just shows why this administration just can’t end soon enough. They have expanded the bounds of Executive power and stampeded over Congress.

Supposedly a President is allowed to enter into status of forces agreements,whenever the Bush/Cheney administration unilaterally enters into such agreements with little if any consultation with the U.S House and Senate can’t be good. According to the U.S Constitution, the congress must approve the power to make war and ratify treaties. This guy makes Lyndon Johnson’s overreach with the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution look legitimate and ethical.

This is an administration who clearly isn’t losing sleep over leaving hundreds of thousands of courageous Americans in Iraq to fight the war he botched and led America into. Nor is its at best negligence of the principles enshrined in the U.S Constitution giving them pause.



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