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More U.S. troops being sent to Iraq. Where is Congress in ISIS fight?

United States Army trainers instructed Iraqi Army recruits at a military base in Taji, Iraq, in April. The United States now has about 3,000 troops in Iraq. CreditJohn Moore/Getty Images
United States Army trainers instructed Iraqi Army recruits at a military base in Taji, Iraq, in April. The United States now has about 3,000 troops in Iraq. CreditJohn Moore/Getty Images

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The U.S. Congress muscled its way into the Iran nuke talks despite strong push back from the White House, including having a number of Republican senators write that awful “open letter” to Iran, essentially trying to scuttle the deal.

In that case, the White House is trying to avoid having to go to war with Iran, yet there are many congressman on record opposing President Obama’s actions.

But in the case of Iraq, the president continues an undeclared war against ISIS and is preparing to send more U.S. troops there, maybe 450 “trainers” this time, which will bring the total to more than 3,000.

Why isn’t Congress muscling its way into that all-important debate? Doesn’t Congress have a role to play in when and how the U.S. goes to war?

Could it be that stepping into the Iran talks was about cozying up to the Israeli government, which is against them, and that staying out of Iraq allows Congress to continue criticizing whatever the president does without ever having to make itself?

Is cowardly too weak of a word choice?

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