Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel and Joint Chiefs of Staff General Martin Dempsey answered questions about the Regime’s counter-terrorist effort in Iraq and Syria at a Senate Armed Services hearing Tuesday, spurring Republicans to criticize their inconsistent messaging.
Senator Ted Cruz said the Regime’s plan to combat ISIS is defined by its confusion.”
“We have been told the mission is to destroy ISIS, but the Secretary of Defense and the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff today testified they plan to conduct an extended campaign of nation-building that will address underlying ‘grievances’ that have destabilized the region. We should have a mission to achieve what is immediately essential: striking ISIS to protect Americans. The lack of focus and determination to achieve that goal is extremely concerning.”
Sen. Cruz continued, “Whatever military action is undertaken in Iraq and Syria, President Obama should seek proper congressional war authorization; it is required by the Constitution. While he has the power to conduct operations as Commander-in-Chief against urgent threats, he does not have the power to unilaterally plan, fund, and execute a mission that could consume many years. President Obama should not rely on old authorizations of military force requested by President Bush to combat al Qaida and Saddam Hussein as license to conduct nebulous operations with the unattainable goal of achieving political reconciliation in the region.”
At the hearing, Sen. Cruz specifically asked Secretary Hagel and General Dempsey what would be required to conduct a 90-day military strategy to destroy ISIS. General Dempsey stated that the military could be used to “confront them, destroy equipment and drive them underground.” But he went on to say, “Truly there is no military solution to ISIS…it’s got to be part of a broader, whole of government, regional campaign.”
Sen. Cruz disagrees with the assertion there is no military solution to ISIS. In the hearing, Chairman Dempsey said that the military could be used to confront ISIS, destroy their equipment, and drive them underground in the next 90 days. Sen. Cruz believes that is plan that should be vigorously pursued.
Sen. Cruz also asked Secretary Hagel what legal authority President Obama has to conduct an extended campaign without congressional authorization. The secretary replied that the Obama Administration intended to rely on previous war authorizations from President George W. Bush to conduct extended military operations. He said, “The statutory authority is the AUMF of 2001 and if you wanted to add something to that the AUMF of 2003 [sic].”*
*Secretary Hagel was likely referring to the Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF) Against Iraq Resolution of 2002.
Fox News commentator and Weekly Standard columnist Stephen Hayes said that the hearing showed that the military leadership and the White House are “not on the same page” on the threat posed by ISIS.
“This is an administration that still doesn’t understand exactly what it’s doing in this war or sort of war that it is about to prosecute,” Hayes said on “America’s Newsroom” in response to the hearing.
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel told a Senate committee the U.S. is ” at war” with ISIS while Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey said he would consider recommending U.S. ground forces if an international coalition proves ineffective.
“You’ve had different accounts from Homeland Security; you had different accounts in leaked reports from other parts of the intelligence community. And yet, you have Chuck Hagel saying that ISIS presents an immense threat,” Hayes said.
You could sum up by saying that Obama is going about this in the most half-assed way possible.
White House Dossier: It’s Only Kinda Gonna Maybe Be Combat:
Poor President Obama. He’s trying so hard not to have a war. War is so George W. Bush. Obama won the Nobel Peace Prize. He learned all about Republican warmongers in college and, over bong hits with his poli sci professor, discussed how he was so much better than nutjobs like Ronald Reagan who would invade Granada and finance the Contras and so forth.
But now there are these bad guys in Iraq WHO WON’T LISTEN TO REASON and who want to hurt Americans. And the Iraqi army is too pitiful to defeat them. And so Obama had to send over American troops. But, goodness, they’re only going to offer “advice,” like, Hey, you point the barrel of the gun away from you. Stuff like that. But no combat! That’s for people like Bush and Reagan.
Meanwhile, the Regime has decided to put 3,000 boots on the ground…..in Africa ….. to fight the very infectious and deadly disease, Ebola: “I directed my team to make this a national security priority.”
Be very afraid:
Ebola virus was isolated from semen 61 days after onset of illness in a man who was infected in a laboratory. The incubation period, that is, the time interval from infection with the virus to onset of symptoms, is 2 to 21 days.