President Obama has no strategy to deal with the terrorist group ISIS, more focused on his golf game and Democrat fundraisers than in doing his job as Commander-in-Chief.
Now however, ten member of Congress are trying to force his hand, introducing legislation specifically demanding that the President develop a strategy to deal with ISIS or ISIL.
In a press release, Congressman Darrel Issa explained:
It’s past time for President Obama to define a course of action. The brutal murder of two American journalists was a shocking wake up call for the public, but the threat ISIL poses to America’s national interests has grown unchecked for some time. We need a strategic plan to stop the spread of their hateful ideology and violence. The defeat of ISIL must be a top priority – this resolution authorizes the use of force for a definite period and requires President Obama to develop and share his strategy with Congress and the American people.
The Congressional resolution was developed and co-sponsored by Issa and ten other members of Congress.
Some key passages include:
Whereas the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) has committed acts of terrorism and crimes against humanity and continues to train and equip jihadists to further commit humanitarian atrocities in the region;
Whereas ISIL jihadists have directly threatened the United States and its allies;
Whereas the War Powers Resolution requires the President to obtain congressional authorization for the continued use of United States Armed Forces after the limitations specified in section 5(b) of such Resolution have been met;
Whereas Congress, in order to determine the actions necessary and appropriate to protect the national security interests of the United States, must receive a strategic outlook on the role of the United States Armed Forces in combating ISIL;
Whereas it is in the national security interest of the United States to restore international peace and security to the Middle East region…
The President is authorized to use the Armed Forces of the United States as the President determines to be necessary and appropriate in order to defend the national security of the United States against the continuing threat posed by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).
The resolution authorizes the President to “use the Armed Forces of the United States as the President determines to be necessary and appropriate in order to defend the national security of the United States against the continuing threat posed by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).”
It also grants that power for 120 days, twice the length authorized under the War Powers Resolution of 1973.
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell earlier today stated that “the threat from ISIL is real and it’s growing” and “it’s time for President Obama to exercise some leadership in launching a response.”