Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-People's Republic of San Francisco) says that President Bush lacks the authority to invade Iran without specific approval from Congress.
Mrs. Pelosi says that the President has consistently said he supports a diplomatic resolution to differences with Iran "and I take him at his word." Out from under the tables now, Mahmoud, "Mad Jad" Ahmadinejad. You can stop browning your pants now, "Supreme Leader" Khamenei ! Get settled into your new place, Muqtada al Sadr ! You're all safe now -- you and your nuclear bombs too, because Madam Speaker Pelosi and her disgusting little friends will protect you from mean old imperialist, war-mongering President Bush and the US military.
I must have missed the part of the Constitution that appoints the People's Republic's Ambassador to the US the Commander in Chief. (And yes, I'm familiar with the the provisions governing the power to declare war, and the power of the purse). But the Democrats want to playact at leadership: they are preparing to pass a "non-binding" resolution condemning our efforts in Iraq, while expressing "support" for our soldiers.
What this adds up to is that the Democratic majority are too chicken-hearted to vote their private convictions and cut off appropriations. But they can tell all their dim-witted, Chomsky-reading, pot-smoking supporters who take their cues from Hollywood that: "We tried. We really disapprove, truly, we do!" Small miracles the resolution is toothless for now, I guess. In any event, such busybody non-sequitur statements from Madam Speaker Pelosi about Presidential powers are of a piece with this shameful, piece-of-trash of a resolution.
As President Bush correctly said today: "This may become the first time in the history of the United States Congress that it has voted to send a new commander into battle and then voted to oppose his plan that is necessary to succeed in that battle."