WASHINGTON (AP) — Little of the impassioned debate that fractured lawmakers a year ago over possible military intervention in Syria is happening now as American war planes strike extremist targets in Iraq.
Almost a week into it, the Obama administration's emergency military action against Islamic State Sunni insurgents in northern Iraq is attracting surprisingly broad bipartisan support from Congress.
Republicans have issued I-told-you-so statements and called for stronger action. Dovish Democrats have voiced concerns about slipping into a new war. But outright opposition has been muted.
Iraq's crisis is in some ways more urgent, though less deadly than the three-year fight in neighboring Syria that has killed 170,000 people.
Obama's immediate objectives are to protect thousands of American personnel in Iraq and avert what U.S. officials call a possible genocide of minority groups.