Bishop asks Admin for Aid to Iraq; Admin asks Congress to Repeal Troop Authorization

I am sorry to be writing so frequently about the terrible situation in Iraq and Syria, but it needs talking about.

The USCCB has just released a pdf of Bishop Pates’ letter to White House national security adviser Susan Rice

Last month I wrote to you about the escalating violence in Iraq that targets Christians and otherreligious communities. I asked that the U.S. government urge Iraqi political leaders to form aninclusive government representative of all ethnic and religious groups, thus reversing the exclusionthat has been exploited by extremists. Only in this way can the rule of law be restored and thecommon good of all be served.

Sadly the situation in Iraq has only deteriorated in the past month.

Indeed it has.

Susan_Rice,_official_State_Dept_photo_portrait,_2009 While the bishop was writing to Rice, requesting humanitarian assistance for Iraq, Rice (who always seems to get the worst jobs) was writing a letter to Congress on behalf of the administration, seeking to insure that no US Troops ever go to Iraq again:

The Obama administration is calling on Congress to fully repeal the war authorization in Iraq to ensure that no U.S. troops return to the country, which is under siege by the extremist Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL or ISIS).

White House national security adviser Susan Rice petitioned Speaker of the House John Boehner (R., Ohio) in a letter Friday (pdf) to completely repeal the war authorization, officially known as the Authorization for Use of Military Force in Iraq, or AUMF.

Rice’s letter was sent as Congress just hours before it approved a resolution opposing U.S. military intervention in Iraq, where the terrorist group ISIL claims to have established an Islamic caliphate.

“We believe a more appropriate and timely action for Congress to take is the repeal of the outdated 2002 Authorization for Use of Military Force in Iraq,” Rice wrote, according to a copy of her letter obtained by the Washington Free Beacon.

“With American combat troops having completed their withdrawal from Iraq on December 18, 2011, the Iraq AUMF is no longer used for any U.S. government activities and the administration fully supports its repeal,” Rice wrote. “Such a repeal would go much further in giving the American people confidence that ground forces will not be sent into combat in Iraq.”

Emphasis mine. The repeal will also go far in giving ISIL confidence that ground forces will do nothing to impede their progress as they rumble through Iraq, then Syria, then…who knows…destroying ancient artifacts or any evidence of the people, themselves, and installing the new caliphate they have announced.

I choose to draw no conclusions at this time. If I permit myself to, they will be shameful ones I’d prefer not to entertain or give voice to. Perhaps our Kobe-Bryant-level-President has some very clever plan in store, one that is meant to check the progress of what he calls these “Junior Varsity” players, but first requires a public declaration that our military will not come to the assistance of anyone being brutalized and purged from the region of their ancestry.

That could happen, right?

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  • Elijah fan

    I see the Papacy as fund raiser for refugees as more key than the US as army since the mideast is a bottomless pit militarily. People now do not want their US sons lossing more legs and arms for the impossible….a Shiite exclusionary king who won’t change for the US.
    US intelligence people probably see Islamic State as being bombed from the air years from now when they do terrorism in the US with those passports they stole from Mosul Christians. Tortoise and the Hare. IS is terrorists with an address…which is their biggest mistake. Zawahiri has no address…IS does. The tortoise West will send them cruise missiles one day once they attack here. When the industrial world transitions to electric or battery cars, jihadists will go broke and have to actually work because their oil donater money will vanish. Fifty years from now that IS area will be making shirts for Macy’s instead of their being oil funded unemployed murderers which is what they are.
    The Pope could raise several billion from all Catholics in a month ($4 a pew sitter) and relocate all Catholics to Catholic friendly countries in South America. Religious leaders including beloved Popes should never have urged Christians to stay there. Let go of the religious sites and save 8 year old girls and boys instead.
    Christ told the Samaritan woman at the well, ” An hour is coming when you will worship the Father neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem…authentic worshippers will worship the Father in Spirit and in Truth.”
    We didn’t listen to the detachment from even locations that He was urging on her.

  • Montjoie

    The point of repeal is to defang any future president who might want to take off after ISIS. Obama is not opposed to ISIS.

  • Skay

    I think you can see where this administration is going. Helping Christians is not a priority by any stretch of the imagination and certainly not Catholics.
    We could be much closer to oil independence right now if it were not for the policies of this administration-not all of them environmental either- Elijah fan. Middle East Oil will continue to be sold to other countries because water and wind will not do it all. I am not sure your 50 year plan is quite accurate. This is also a religious war within Islam and without.and it has been going on for a very long time-many more years than 50. They pass on the hate through generations. and it is not rational.
    Since I have lived through a little history I can say–people were predicting a lot 50 years ago –and much of it is forgotten because it was wrong.


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