The White House is wrong. Obama says he doesn’t need Congress to change immigration statutes or to enforce existing laws. The White House allows, if not abets, various government agencies, like the IRS and EPA to work outside the law. Obama may as well say that he doesn’t need the law because he is the law.
It is all very well for the US to take emergency action in Iraq to support Iraqi and Kurdish forces to protect civilians from the slaughter by ISIS. The US has responsibility for the destabilization of Iraq and previous US interference in Syria and the ongoing disaster in Libya. There has been no accounting for the US military and CIA support of the insurgent groups fighting the Assad government.
The US has in many ways directly supported ISIS. ISIS fights with US weapons that never belonged in the area in the first place. The US has directly supported the Turk, Saudi and Israeli interference in Syria, supporting the chaos along with the collapse of authority in Iraq.
There are still calls from all the usual suspects about aiding and arming the “moderate forces” fighting the Syrian government. Obama is foolishly falling for the bait and involving the US in Syria while supporting the insurgency against the Syrian government. If ISIS needs to be destroyed, and I believe it does, it is because they are lawless violent thugs and murderers, spawned by the calamity and breakdown of Iraqi society, caused by the Neocon designed mission to have the US destabilize the Middle East for the benefit of Israel.
We should support the governments and forces fighting ISIS. We should follow US law and involve Congress in the decision making. Support should be limited in that the ground forces should be other than from the US. US support should only be used as a last resort.
Will any of that happen? No, we have a lawless president and a congress that is beholden to anyone that funds their egos, political campaigns and subsidizes their livelihood and fortunes when they leave office.
Without lawful support and disclosure to the US public on past US support for ISIS, I for one, oppose the expansion of the US military into Syria. It is a huge mistake.