Pelosi: Bush needs Congress's okay to invade Iran

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February 16, 2007 00:28




The leader of the US House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi, said Thursday that President George W. Bush lacks the authority to invade Iran without specific approval from Congress, a fresh challenge to the commander in chief on the eve of a symbolic vote critical of his troop buildup in Iraq. Pelosi, a Democrat, noted that Bush consistently said he supports a diplomatic resolution to differences with Iran "and I take him at his word." At the same time, she said, "I do believe that Congress should assert itself, though, and make it very clear that there is no previous authority for the president, any president, to go into Iran."


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