Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Obama Has Sent Congress a Proposed Text of a Bill that Would Authorize a U.S. Military Campaign Against ISIS

The President that is portrayed as "reluctant" to go to war has sent a proposed bill that would authorize a US Military camapign against ISIS, including the use of US troops on the ground.

The Authorization of the Use of Military Force Bill would include a three-year limit to the war against ISIS, a ban on “enduring” ground combat operations and a repeal of the 2002 congressional approval of the Iraq War.

Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman John McCain (R-Ariz.) objects to the bill:
That [proposed ban on “enduring offensive ground operations.”] would be unacceptable to me. Any curtailment of the president’s ability as commander in chief I would not support. … I don’t care about this president — I care about future presidents.

 But Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), one of McCain’s closest allies on national security, said he does not have a problem with the White House’s language on ground troops.

“The language ‘no enduring offensive capabilities’ is fine with me,” said Graham, who had gotten a briefing from the White House counsel Tuesday morning. “I’m not going in to hold the territory. I’m trying to help the local forces go in and take it back and let them hold.”

(via Politico)

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