Does the President need Congressional consent on Iraq?
One way or another, it always seems to come back to Saddam Hussein.
President Bush, Vice President Cheney and Defense Secretary Rumsfeld want America's military to invade Iraq once again.
But should the President seek the approval of Congress before taking action? Legally speaking, Bush may not need the go-ahead from the House and Senate. Last week, White House Counsel Al Gonzales stated that the administration does not need a formal declaration of war to go into Iraq. Nonetheless, Bush has not ruled out obtaining approval from Congress, if for nothing more than a symbolic gesture of solidarity. Some lawmakers have directed some harsh remarks at the President for what they interpret as nothing more than a legal technicality ÷ a technicality that would not give Bush a mandate to go into Iraq. "If the President is going to commit this nation to war, he'd better have the support of Congress and the American people with him," said Senator Chuck Hagel, R-Neb. Legal implications aside, is it appropriate for President Bush to send our military to topple Hussein's regime without Congressional consent?