WASHINGTON, DC – It’s official. President Barack Obama wants Congress to authorize the use of military force in the war against ISIS. That last time this happened was 13 years ago when President George Bush asked for similar approval.
In his letter to Congress, the president wrote that the draft resolution would not authorize long-term, large-scale ground combat operations, and does not address the 2001 authorization given to President Bush for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Speaking later at the White House, the president told reporters "As I've said before, I'm convinced the United States should not get dragged back into another prolonged ground war in the Middle East. It's not I our national security interest and it's not necessary for us to defeat ISIL."
Even though just about all members of Congress agree to some extent with Texas senator Ted Cruz’s assessment that “ISIS is the face of evil,” not everyone agrees on what to do, particularly House Speaker John Boehner.
“The president’s point is that he wants to dismantle and destroy ISIS. I haven't seen a strategy yet that I think will accomplish that."
Some of the concerns come from members of the president’s party, like New Mexico congressman Adam Schiff.
“Without a sunset on the old authorization, it doesn’t limit this administration or the next in any appreciable manner. So I think that’s a key issue. It’s a key issue, I think, in the Democratic caucus in the House.”
Virginia senator Tom Kaine also has some reservations. “Since everybody works for the Department of Defense, allowing defensive actions without any additional explanation is pretty broad. Enduring is also a term that is not defined and so that raises some concerns for me.”
Meanwhile, Australians continue fighting ISIS in their own country.
Authorities arrested two men they say were ready to launch a terror attack. Police found a video recording threatening the attack, along with a machete, a knife, and an ISIS flag.
Proof again that terror can be as close as the house next door.