Sep 13, 2014 1:34 PM

Obama's Hawkish Plan For Islamic State Puts Doves In A Quandary

President Obama arguably won the Democratic primary in 2008 because of his strong opposition to the Iraq war. Now he's arguing he doesn't need congressional approval to ramp up a bombing campaign in Iraq and expand air strikes into Syria.

Criticism of the speech came from defense hawks, who felt the president didn't go far enough. But Obama's position poses a unique challenge for members of his own party, who have traditionally provided the anti-war voices in Congress.

Many Democrats either voted against the Iraq war, wish they had or ran on their opposition to it.


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