Obama to propose use of force against Islamic State with limits on US troops' - they get slingshots...
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Democrat Pansies
2021-10-23 01:17:28 UTC
Washington: US President Barack Obama will propose to Congress
on Wednesday a new three-year authorization for the use of force
against Islamic State with limits on US combat troops'
involvement, lawmakers and congressional aides said.

Obama has defended his authority to lead an international
coalition against Islamic State since 8 August when US fighter
jets began attacking the jihadists in Iraq. But he has faced
criticism for failing to seek the backing of Congress, where
some accuse him of breaching his constitutional authority.

Facing pressure to let lawmakers weigh in on an issue as
important as the deployment of troops and chastened by elections
that handed power in Congress to Republicans, he said in
November he would request formal authorization for the use of
military force (AUMF).

An outline of that request, expected to be handed to Congress on
Wednesday, could stir debate over how U.S. troops should be
deployed and the extent of U.S. engagement in Iraq and Syria.

The proposal would allow the use of special forces and advisors
for defensive purposes but bar "enduring offensive ground
forces," lawmakers and aides said. It would not, however, set
geographic limits for the campaign against the group.

Until now, Obama has justified U.S. air strikes in Iraq and
Syria under a 2001 authorization passed after the 11 September
attacks and a 2002 authorization used by President George W Bush
in the Iraq war.

The new proposal would repeal the 2002 authorization but leave
in place the 2001 AUMF, which has been invoked by the White
House to carry out drone and missile strikes against suspected
al Qaeda militants in Yemen and Somalia.

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Fueled by outrage over the death of aid worker Kayla Mueller,
the last-known U.S. hostage held by Islamic State militants, as
well as the slayings of journalists and a Jordanian pilot,
lawmakers said they planned quick hearings on the authorization,
and a vote within weeks of Congress' return from a Feb. 16-20

Both Republicans and Democrats said there had been unusually
close consultations between the administration and Capitol Hill
on the authorization.

Many of Obama's fellow Democrats, war-weary after more than a
dozen years of fighting in Afghanistan and Iraq, say they will
oppose any AUMF that includes "boots on the ground."

Obama's opposition to the Iraq War helped propel him to victory
in the 2008 campaign and bringing troops home from Iraq and
Afghanistan has been a focus of his presidency.

"I worry that this AUMF gives the ability for the next president
to put ground troops back into the Middle East," said Senator
Chris Murphy, adding that that would be a sticking point for
himself and many other Democrats.

Some hawkish Republicans oppose restrictions on military
commanders such as a ban on ground troops. Others are calling
for a more extensive authorization allowing U.S. forces to
challenge President Bashar al-Assad of Syria, where a four-year-
long civil war has fueled the rise of the Islamic State group.

"If the authorization doesn't let us counter Assad's air power,
I think it will fail," said Senator Lindsey Graham, a leading
Republican foreign policy voice.

The White House has declined to discuss the specific time frame
or details of its planned AUMF.

Anonymous Remailer (austria)
2021-10-23 02:54:19 UTC