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WASHINGTON (CNN) -- President Bush's warnings to Iran and Syria to not interfere in Iraq and the arrest of six Iranians in Iraq by U.S. troops raised eyebrows Thursday on Capitol Hill, where senators warned Bush against widening the nearly four-year-old war.
Sen. Joseph Biden, the chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, warned Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice that Bush did not have the authority to send U.S. troops on cross-border raids.
"I believe the present authorization granted the president to use force in Iraq does not cover that, and he does need congressional authority to do that," Biden, D-Delaware, said during a Thursday hearing on Iraq. "I just want to set that marker."
"We will disrupt the attacks on our forces. We'll interrupt the flow of support from Iran and Syria. And we will seek out and destroy the networks providing advanced weaponry and training to our enemies in Iraq," he said.
Friday, January 12, 2007
By Anne Penketh
American forces stormed Iranian government offices in northern Iraq, hours after President George Bush issued a warning to Tehran that was described as a "declaration of war".
The soldiers detained six people, including diplomats, according to the Iranians, and seized documents and computers in the pre-dawn raid which was condemned by Iran. A leading UK-based Iran specialist, Ali Ansari, said the incident was an "extreme provocation". Dr Ansari said that Mr Bush's speech on future Iraq strategy amounted to "a declaration of war" on Iran.
"The risk is a wider war. Because of the underlying tensions, we are transferring from a 'cold war' into a 'hot war'," he said.
Originally posted by English Speaking Alliance
Brits to Bush...................... we say the sooner the better, take out the main international state sponsor of terror, we are with you
Originally posted by etshrtslr
I think we have all the makings of a constitutional showdown between the president and congress.
If bush is really intent on going into Iran I think now would be the time... at least half our navy is in Persian gulf and he just sent 20,000 plus more troops to Iraq (maybe for Iran?) and time is running out on him.
Now we will find out if congress means what it says and says what it means.
Can they really do anything to stop bush short of impeachment if he does go into Iran? Or will this be like the secret war in Cambodia? Where every knows were fighting a war there but no one will admit it.