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JohnLocke Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-15-07 11:15 PM
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Edwards: Bush has exceeded war authority
Edwards: Bush has exceeded war authority
By Tony Leys--Des Moines Register
Friday, July 13, 2007

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Garner, Ia. In most circumstances, President Bush would be correct in claiming the right to run the Iraq war without Congress trying to alter his course, presidential candidate John Edwards said today.

Normally theres a lot of deference given to the president of the United States to conduct war, theres no doubt about that, the former North Carolina senator said in an interview. But I think this is a relatively unique situation.

Edwards, a Democrat, continued his harsh criticism of the way Bush has handled the war.

I think the president is in complete denial about whats happening in Iraq, and hes made mistake after mistake, and hes got to be f0orced to change course, he said. I think the Congress has the power to do it, and they should use their power.
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Edwards said he and other members of Congress authorized Bush to confront Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein in 2002. But he wasnt authorized to monitor and police a civil war, which is whats happening now.

Earlier this year, Bush vetoed a war-spending bill that included a timetable for withdrawal. After that happened, Congress voted in May to pass a bill without a timetable, which Edwards characterized as caving in to the president. He said today that he could not predict what would happen next.

Im hopeful that Congress will stand its ground on a timetable. That remains to be seen.

He had heard speculation that Bush would have to start scaling back the war in a few months anyway, because the current troop levels there cant be sustained. He said Congress should not wait for that to happen.

Edwards made the comments midway through a three-day, 10-town campaign tour of northern Iowa. He has stops scheduled later today in Iowa Falls and Webster City. Saturday, he will be in Maquoketa, Anamosa, Peosta and Cedar Rapids.
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Bobbieo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-15-07 11:27 PM
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1. I agree with everything Edwards has said BUT
who is going to stop Bush?! No one that I can see and the war goes on!!
It is so depressing!!!!!
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mzmolly Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-16-07 12:15 AM
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2. That's a very interesting point. What does the iraq war rez say again?
he wasnt authorized to monitor and police a civil war

GO JOHN! :yourock:
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riverdale Donating Member (881 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-16-07 12:41 AM
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3. Edwards = full of it
When he co-sponsored the IWR, he was a key player in congress' abdicating its role in advising and consenting to the president's war plans. The comgress pre-approved Bushie to basically do whatever he wanted, whenever he wanted regarding Iraq because that would give them a bump in the elections. Sad.
President is a leadership position. And when we look at Edwards' track record, when we most needed leadership out of him, he did the exact wrong thing.
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rodeodance Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-16-07 02:16 AM
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4. Lets hope Reed continues to force the votes these next two weeks
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calteacherguy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-16-07 02:22 AM
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5. Edwards is correct: Bush is in denial, but so is Edwards.
Edited on Mon Jul-16-07 02:24 AM by calteacherguy
(07-15) 15:23 PDT WASHINGTON, (AP) --
The White House is holding firm on its Iraq strategy in the face of yet another effort to curb the mission, proposed this time by moderate Republicans the Bush administration can ill afford to lose.

President Bush's national security adviser, Stephen Hadley, said Sunday the administration's "very orderly process" for reviewing its Iraq plans should be allowed to play out despite a hurry-up initiative from two respected GOP senators.

Hadley's reply was "No" when asked whether Bush could live with the proposal by Sens. John Warner of Virginia and Richard Lugar of Indiana. They want to give the president until mid-October to submit a plan to restrict the use of U.S. troops in Iraq to fighting terrorists and securing borders and U.S. interests.

http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/n/a/2007/0...

Edwards is stating what the Congress "should do," implying that Democrats aren't taking a big enough stand. Clearly, that is not the problem.
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