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The commander in chief should not also be the 'decider in chief'
The commander in chief should not also be the 'decider in chief'

Just before leaving for summer recess at the end of July, the House of Representatives turned to the issue of Iraq. Throughout June, President Obama had steadily increased the presence of U.S. troops in Iraq from an initial 275 to nearly 800. Military force had not yet been used, but the writing was on the wall. So the House laid down a marker: By an overwhelming bipartisan majority (370 to 40), members affirmed their constitutional responsibility to decide whether the United States should again enter into combat in Iraq, passing a resolution that said, "The president shall not deploy or maintain United States armed forces in a sustained combat role in Iraq without specific...

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