FLASHBACK: Three Weeks Ago, White House Asked Boehner to Repeal Authorization to Use Military Force in Iraq

by Jim Geraghty

Three weeks ago National Security Adviser Susan Rice wrote to House Speaker John Boehner, asking him to repeal the Authorization for the Use of Military Force in Iraq:

House Armed Services Committee Chairman Howard P. “Buck” McKeon said that when he heard from Boehner about Rice’s letter, “I thought he was joking.

The White House contends that the current military operations in Iraq are not covered by the 2002 Congressional authorization of military force, and are instead consistent with the War Powers Act, which gives the president broad authority to authorize the use of the military in operations that last fewer than 60 days.

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