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President says he doesn’t need congressional permission
The crisis unfolding in Iraq is turning into a politically delicate situation in Washington. President Obama and congressional leaders say the administration doesn't need approval to take military action. This recent statement could cause a clash between the White House and Congress.
Iraq's biggest oil refinery is now on the verge of falling into the hands of the militants. If it's seized they'll have the ability to control the sale of gasoline and cut power across parts of Iraq.
President Obama is weighing options. He's considering ordering Special Forces to advise Iraqi Forces and he has not ruled out small, limited airstrikes.
Leaders of the House and Senate say they do not think those options require congressional authorization, but some rank and file lawmakers may disagree and push for it. President Obama has ruled out sending in U.S. Combat troops.
As the chaos in Iraq worsens, some republicans are blasting the presidents foreign policy. In a blistering Wall Street Journal Op-Ed, Former Vice President Dick Cheney writes, "Rarely has a U.S. President been so wrong about so much at the expense of so many."
In response, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said Which president was he talking about?
Intelligence agencies are trying to identify possible targets for limited airstrikes in Iraq in case that's the route the president decides to go.