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Mitt Romney Says He Could Wage War on Iran Without Congress' Approval
The Alatnic ^ | June 20th, 2012 | Conor Friedersdorf

Posted on 06/20/2012 6:59:50 PM PDT by Mozilla

On Face the Nation on Sunday, Mitt Romney said that if elected president he wouldn't have to get congressional permission for a military strike on Iran.

To quote him directly (emphasis added):

I can assure you if I'm president, the Iranians will have no question but that I will be willing to take military action if necessary to prevent them from becoming a nuclear threat to the world. I don't believe at this stage, therefore, if I'm president that we need to have a war powers approval or special authorization for military force. The president has that capacity now. I understand that some in the Senate for instance have written letters to the president indicating you should know that a containment strategy is unacceptable. We cannot survive a course of action which would include a nuclear Iran we must be willing to take any and all actions.

All those actions must be on the table.

(Excerpt) Read more at theatlantic.com ...


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs
KEYWORDS: romney
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1 posted on 06/20/2012 6:59:57 PM PDT by Mozilla
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To: Mozilla

Yeah Willard

send those 5 boys of yours at the front of the line...


2 posted on 06/20/2012 7:01:50 PM PDT by Tennessee Nana (Why should I vote for Bishop Romney when he hates me because I am a Christian)
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To: Mozilla

Nope.

It was wrong when Obama did it in Libya, and it’ll be just as wrong if Romney does it in Iran.


3 posted on 06/20/2012 7:02:55 PM PDT by Yashcheritsiy (not voting for the lesser of two evils)
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To: Mozilla

He better thank God that his opponent is the most pathetic democrat evah.


4 posted on 06/20/2012 7:03:36 PM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: Mozilla

Some times ya just need to keep ur mouth shut.


5 posted on 06/20/2012 7:04:26 PM PDT by TribalPrincess2U (Criminaliens or Crimigrants...0bamao's people? Answer: Evidently yes.)
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To: Yashcheritsiy
It was wrong when Obama did it in Libya

Apples and oranges, my friend.

Libya was an internal matter and we should have stayed out. Iran wants to wipe another country off the map. That, cannot be allowed.

6 posted on 06/20/2012 7:05:00 PM PDT by The Iceman Cometh (Proud Teabagging Barbarian Terrorist Hobbit Son-of-a-Bitch!)
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To: Mozilla

Fact is, he could, legally. Problem is, political correctness has eaten up the national will to go on. Even our military forces are full of it (DADT, feminism, etc.).


7 posted on 06/20/2012 7:07:22 PM PDT by familyop ("Wanna cigarette? You're never too young to start." --Deacon, "Waterworld")
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To: Mozilla

He could, but I strongly suggest that he NOT. Saying so was stupid.


8 posted on 06/20/2012 7:09:43 PM PDT by madison10
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To: Mozilla
Well, we all know that arguing with idiots doesn't work on the basis of our experiences with our neighbors and co-workers.

Having said that; if we start up another war in the Middle East, we may very well run out of soldiers and armament.

I say let those people over there argue over whose god is the real god and which zombies and prophets are right about the universe until they wipe each other out.

I personally would not care if the entire Middle East was reduced to a sea of glass with no inhabitants.

9 posted on 06/20/2012 7:10:18 PM PDT by elkfersupper ( Member of the Original Defiant Class)
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To: Mozilla
Why not. Obama waged war on Libya, and no one complained. Now they want him to wage war on Syria. Gotta keep these things in perspective.
10 posted on 06/20/2012 7:10:18 PM PDT by hinckley buzzard
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To: Mozilla

Oh great. Now we have our own candidate to be king.

Now some folks can run him on the ‘My king is better than your king” platform.

Armour and chain mail will be handed out at the jousting tournaments this fall.

Maybe we could cooperate with the other side to make sure their two armors are oppositely charged. The first time they make a pass, they’ll merge into one big glob of king juice and we can start over.


11 posted on 06/20/2012 7:10:51 PM PDT by DoughtyOne (Remove all Democrats from the Republican party, and we won't have much Left, just a lot of Right.)
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To: The Iceman Cometh

There is still this little thing called the Constitution.


12 posted on 06/20/2012 7:10:55 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: Mozilla

If Iran is threatening to make good on its plans to destroy Israel or another ally in the region, the case for military action exists. Not on the line of Iraq or Afghanistan, but if all else fails, military action is the only remaining option. But NOTHING without Congressional consent.


13 posted on 06/20/2012 7:11:07 PM PDT by ScottinVA (Buying Drain-O requires photo I.D... yet voting doesn't???)
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To: Mozilla

Anyone remember the “Star Trek curse” where the odd-numbered Trek movies were almost certain to be flops? You just knew they were going to blow it...

Why does that come to mind?


14 posted on 06/20/2012 7:12:25 PM PDT by PastorBooks
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To: The Iceman Cometh
Apples and oranges, my friend.

Sorry, but I don't buy that we have to go involving ourselves in every hot spot the world over.

Somebody please tell Romney that we don't even have enough money left to operate that pirate ship in the Pirate's of the Caribbean ride at Disney, much less launch yet another war in the Middle East.

15 posted on 06/20/2012 7:12:32 PM PDT by Yashcheritsiy (not voting for the lesser of two evils)
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To: PastorBooks
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16 posted on 06/20/2012 7:13:41 PM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: Mozilla

That’s not the same thing as what the headline implied. But it is from the 0bamatrons at the Atlantic.


17 posted on 06/20/2012 7:13:53 PM PDT by Perdogg
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To: Mozilla

whether his position is defendable or not is a secondary issue. My question is why he felt compelled to take such an unnecessary stand. He could have just said he would take effective action etc and when asked what he meant state that he would not get into specifics of what he might or might do etc etc.

Unnecessary tactical mistake by our risk-adverse RINO IMO ... unless he is a few steps ahead of me and purposefully wants to suck Obama into this debate for some other reason


18 posted on 06/20/2012 7:14:41 PM PDT by plain talk
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To: The Iceman Cometh

“Libya was an internal matter and we should have stayed out”

Why should we have stayed out? Operation Odyssey Dawn was a huge success. No American casualties. A brutal dictator was overthrown. Muammar Gaddafi ordered the attack on Pan Am Flight 103. 189 Americans killed by him on that flight.


19 posted on 06/20/2012 7:14:44 PM PDT by moonshot925
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To: Mozilla

Milt Romney IS Obama.

Same Tyrant.
Same Egotism.
Same Backstabbing.
Same antiConstitutionalism.
Same Ineptness.
Same RomneyCARE/ObamaCARE.
Same TARP
Same Ineligibility.
Same Soros.
Same Global Warming.
Same HATRED OF CONSERVATIVES.

NO TO ROMNEY.

NO TO RINOs


20 posted on 06/20/2012 7:14:50 PM PDT by Diogenesis ("Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. " Pres. Ronald Reagan)
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To: Mozilla

Keep in mind, folks, this is very likely for Iran’s consumption. It’s to draw a distinction between himself and the simpering, appeasing little POS in the WH now.


21 posted on 06/20/2012 7:15:11 PM PDT by ScottinVA (Buying Drain-O requires photo I.D... yet voting doesn't???)
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To: Diogenesis

+1000


22 posted on 06/20/2012 7:15:43 PM PDT by Yashcheritsiy (not voting for the lesser of two evils)
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To: nickcarraway

The US has fought hundreds of wars, exactly how many depends on what you classify as a war.

We have formally declared war exactly 5 times, and not since 1941.


23 posted on 06/20/2012 7:17:18 PM PDT by Sherman Logan
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To: ScottinVA
I don't recall Reagan getting approval before his strikes on Libya in 1986.
24 posted on 06/20/2012 7:17:41 PM PDT by Perdogg
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To: Yashcheritsiy

There are other ways of dealing with Iran that Obama has been wasting in all the wrong places.

In Iran we should arm the opposition but only if we’re willing to accept the long term consequences. However, arming the Irani opposition is a lot smarter than arming the radicals in Libya.


25 posted on 06/20/2012 7:18:03 PM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: Mozilla

Where is dicator wannabe going to get the money for his war, I wonder. Dumb as a box of rocks.


26 posted on 06/20/2012 7:18:55 PM PDT by SaraJohnson
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To: cripplecreek

LOL... yeah, that’s it!


27 posted on 06/20/2012 7:19:04 PM PDT by PastorBooks
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To: Mozilla
I have no problem with this statement. But it does seem curious for Romney to have made it. It seems very out of character since he is usually so safe in his actions and statements.
28 posted on 06/20/2012 7:20:42 PM PDT by TexasFreeper2009 (Obama lied .. the economy died.)
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To: Mozilla

The Romney statement is one more example of egotistical proclivity for presidential FIAT, where the people’s representatives are circumvented entirely and their support assumed in order to justify a strike on another nation with our husbands, sons and relatives used at the tip of the spear.

Yes, there are events that may deserve a strike, but if it is so deserving and obvious and justified, then Congress needs its own voice to offer or reject their support.

Romney and Obama have entirely too much already in common and records to prove it. This is one more insight into the psychology of privilege, for unfettered power.

The gaggle who will vote for these two deserve them both and will be reaping exactly what they sew.

God, be with us. We are finished and in danger.


29 posted on 06/20/2012 7:21:46 PM PDT by RitaOK (NO ROMNEY, NO COMPROMISE. NO WAY. NO HOW. NOT NOW. NOT EVER.)
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To: Mozilla

30 posted on 06/20/2012 7:24:10 PM PDT by Diogenesis ("Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. " Pres. Ronald Reagan)
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To: SaraJohnson

All we need to do with Iran is step out of Israel’s way. In fact, if we want to help we can refuel their jets and let them use our carriers.


31 posted on 06/20/2012 7:24:15 PM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: cripplecreek

Correct. The only thing helping Romney is that Obama is his opponent.


32 posted on 06/20/2012 7:26:07 PM PDT by Mozilla (Constitution Party)
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To: TribalPrincess2U
[Some times ya just need to keep ur mouth shut.]

Or you need to run it wide open. Nixon said he had a “secret plan” to end the Vietnam War. At the same time his campaign was leaking to foreign diplomats that Nixon was a “mad man” on the issue of North Vietnam and may be planning a nuclear strike.

After Reagan was elected but before he was inaugurated his staff told several nationally syndicated columnists that the American hostages in Iran might have to be sacrificed in the retaliation he had planned against Iran. The plan was to attack Iran's industrial sector and oil depots with ballistic missiles from offshore.

33 posted on 06/20/2012 7:28:10 PM PDT by Brad from Tennessee (A politician can't give you anything he hasn't first stolen from you.)
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To: Mozilla

And he would be correct....


34 posted on 06/20/2012 7:30:07 PM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously, you won't live thnrough it anyway)
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To: cripplecreek
..and loan them a couple of extra bombs for good measure.

A couple like this

Its a stupid scary world and getting worse every second of every day.

...But it would take less than 48 hours, and our troops should be well outta there within the 60 day time limit of the war Powers Act.

...but yeah. Best to just keep mum about it.

35 posted on 06/20/2012 7:33:50 PM PDT by Delta 21 (Oh Crap !! Did I say that out loud ??!??)
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To: ScottinVA

I do appreciate your point. It’s a good one to make.

Romney was into excessive governance in MA and to hear an excessive statement gives no ease to the people, given this excessive fiat business going on by the current president has just about run out of field with the people.

I know I’ve had it with excessive governance, and ‘am actually not going to comply and cooperate any longer.


36 posted on 06/20/2012 7:34:21 PM PDT by RitaOK (NO ROMNEY, NO COMPROMISE. NO WAY. NO HOW. NOT NOW. NOT EVER.)
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To: Tennessee Nana

if Iran has the bomb and can put it on American soil, all of our boys will be on the front line and the line will be in the USA.

That has been a goal of Iran, IQ, Taliban and the Muslim Brotherhood for many, many years.


37 posted on 06/20/2012 7:38:16 PM PDT by elpadre (AfganistaMr Obama said the goal was to "disrupt, dismantle and defeat al-hereQaeda" and its allies.)
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To: SaraJohnson

The House of Representatives has been funding nefarious ways and means of this administration and their thugs and czars way past their expiration date, haven’t they.

“China, please pass the greens. I’ll have more please.”


38 posted on 06/20/2012 7:39:52 PM PDT by RitaOK (NO ROMNEY, NO COMPROMISE. NO WAY. NO HOW. NOT NOW. NOT EVER.)
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To: plain talk

I don’t agree

He was drawing a clear line between he and his opponent.


39 posted on 06/20/2012 7:42:45 PM PDT by elpadre (AfganistaMr Obama said the goal was to "disrupt, dismantle and defeat al-hereQaeda" and its allies.)
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To: Mozilla

Hello! It’s has already been done. What do you think StuxNet is?


40 posted on 06/20/2012 7:45:40 PM PDT by Henry Hnyellar
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To: moonshot925

And the Muslim Brotherhood increases its influence in the middle east. I guess you must be waiting for the 12th Imam


41 posted on 06/20/2012 7:46:19 PM PDT by Nifster
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To: Perdogg
I don't recall Reagan getting approval before his strikes on Libya in 1986.

Not of the full Congress... he did meet first with Congressional leaders from both parties, though.

42 posted on 06/20/2012 7:46:43 PM PDT by ScottinVA (Buying Drain-O requires photo I.D... yet voting doesn't???)
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To: RitaOK

Mittens has a tin ear. If he gets in and tries to act like Obama, we will probably be able to impeach him for violating the constitution.


43 posted on 06/20/2012 7:58:56 PM PDT by SaraJohnson
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To: elpadre

well maybe he was and that part is fine since Obama hasn’t done squat on Iran except maybe encourage them.

What is not fine is going to war with Iran or any country without congressional approval. Emergency action where time is of the essence is one thing but this deal with Iran has been going on for many, many years. There is absolutely no excuse for not getting a declaration of war in this case if that is what is desired.


44 posted on 06/20/2012 7:59:40 PM PDT by plain talk
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To: cripplecreek

Israel should lead the way, that is for sure.


45 posted on 06/20/2012 8:00:43 PM PDT by SaraJohnson
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To: Tennessee Nana
send those 5 boys of yours at the front of the line...

As fox hole sand bags?

46 posted on 06/20/2012 8:02:54 PM PDT by JaguarXKE (If my Fluffy had a puppy, it would look like the puppy Obama ate!)
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To: Tennessee Nana
send those 5 boys of yours at the front of the line...

brilliant....but we don't send anyone anywhere...they all volunteer....get over it, Romney will be the next president and will win re-election

47 posted on 06/20/2012 8:07:49 PM PDT by terycarl (lurking, but well informed)
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To: The Iceman Cometh

Is there some reason why the other country can’t defend itself? I support protecting our allies, but we don’t have to fight their wars for them.


48 posted on 06/20/2012 8:22:27 PM PDT by eaglescout1998
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To: Mozilla
Something I agree with Romney on, to bad I dont trust him nor will I vote for him.
49 posted on 06/20/2012 8:26:17 PM PDT by montanajoe
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To: madison10

Romney should get approval from Congress first. It is in the constitution.


50 posted on 06/20/2012 8:32:48 PM PDT by Mozilla (Constitution Party)
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