Not so fast, Mr. President

There is a time when politicians should be applauded. This is one of those times.


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There is a time when politicians should be applauded. This is one of those times. Reps. of North Carolina and Rep. Vic , D-Ark., will introduce into the debate on with Iraq this alternate . (It’s a PDF to be downloaded.)
In essence it allows military action but only after the UNSC has been allowed to do everything it can, including muscular and intrusive inspections. If the UNSC fails in its duties, the President must come back to and ask for authorization for against Iraq. (It actually says “military force” instead of , but still.)
In the case of shooting, “the President should endeavor to form a coalition of allies as broadly based as practicable to support and participate with United States Armed Forces, and should also seek multilateral cooperation and assistance, specifically including Arab and Islamic countries, in the post-conflict reconstruction of Iraq.”
And this:

In the event that the United Nations Security Council does not adopt a as described in section 3, or in the event that such a is adopted but does not sanction the use of force sufficient to compel Iraq’s compliance, and if the President determines that use of the United States Armed Forces is necessary for such compliance, the President should seek authorization from to use military force to compel such compliance.

Clear enough? In essence, come back to us, Mr. President, when you’ve got some proof. Proof that Iraq is the clear and present danger you say it is, and proof that the UNSC is an impotent organization that can’t do its job. Only then do you get the guns.
The rules committee has allowed this in, so the whole may vote on it. It likely won’t pass, but it’s a saner voice than what we’re hearing from the White .
I don’t know or or other other sponsors of this , but I suspect that I should. Thank you, gentlemen.