Obama Just Announced He’s Changed His Mind About a Decision That’s Already Cost Thousands of Lives
In a move meant to unite the government against ISIS, President Obama has sent a proposal to Congress to take military action on the increasingly hostile terrorist group.
According to Fox News, the White House says it already had the authority to launch airstrikes. But President Obama wants Congress to sign off on the proposal, to “show the world we are united in our resolve to counter the threat”:
“The authorization I propose would provide the flexibility to conduct ground combat operations in other more limited circumstances, such as rescue operations involving U.S. or coalition personnel or the use of special operations forces to take military action against ISIL leadership…
It would also authorize the use of U.S. forces in situations where ground combat operations are not expected or intended, such as intelligence collection and sharing, missions to enable kinetic strikes or the provision of operational planning and other forms of advice and assistance to partner forces.”
Tennessee Sen. Bob Corker (R) voiced his support for the President’s actions Wednesday and said he would begin to hold “rigorous hearings” in Congress:
“It is my hope that we will fulfill our constitutional responsibility, and in a bipartisan way, pass an authorization that allows us to confront this serious threat.”
Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel has also released a statement, welcoming the President’s proposal and agreeing on the importance of bipartisan support.
House Speaker John Boehner asked for a more “comprehensive military strategy,” calling for more flexibility for military commanders. But he ultimately agreed that, “our objective is to show the world that the United States is resolute in our commitment to destroy ISIL.”
The letter of request below:
Whitehouse.gov has also posted the full, four-page proposal here.
It includes a three-year sunset date:
“This authorization for the use of military force shall terminate three years after the date of the enactment of this joint resolution, unless reauthorized.”
Finally, after 6-7 beheadings, a man burned alive and an American girl dead, he gets the message. Or was it the cyber-threats Michelle received? Whatever the reason, it’s about time.