Chuck Todd to Senator: Will We Ever Rescind Military Authorization in Iraq?
Daily Rundown host Chuck Todd asked Senator Jack Reed (D-RI), who voted against the initial authorization for use of military force in Iraq, if the AUMF would be rescinded. The question followed a meeting between President Barack Obama and congressional leaders yesterday in which Obama said he would not have to seek congressional approval in the case of a U.S. military response in Iraq.
“Do you think we’ll ever rescind this authority?” Todd asked. “This sort of war authority that the president has — President Bush had it, President Obama has it. Do you think we’ll rescind it before President Obama leaves office?”
“I think we’ll rescind it eventually,” Reed said. “But the problem is first, you have to replace it with something that allows the president, not just President Obama but any president, the ability to preempt terrorist groups that are challenging us in an immediate fashion. And then second, honestly, the climate here is less about sort of coming together in a deliberative way. In the wake of 9/11, that was clearly the case. We were one Congress, one people. We were going to give and we did give President Bush the authority to move into Afghanistan and to take appropriate action against al Qaeda. That climate has changed dramatically.”
“Yeah, well, that’s for sure,” Todd said.
Watch the clip below, via MSNBC:
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