In an appearance before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Tuesday, Secretary of State John Kerry said the Obama administration wants Congress to approve an Authorization for Use Military Force that would specifically target ISIS, but without any geographic limitations or restrictions on ground forces.
Kerry emphasized that President Barack Obama still has no intention of deploying ground combat troops but doesn’t think the Senate should “preemptively bind the hands of our commander in chief” in responding to unexpected contingencies in combating the Islamic State, also known as ISIS or ISIL. Kerry’s testimony suggests Obama will be seeking broader authority than congressional Democrats — and some Republicans — will be willing to approve.
At Hot Air, Ed Morrissey argues that the Regime is asking for a blank check to do whatever they want to do militarily, without a political paper trail.
Obama got elected by promising to end the war in Iraq, and then got re-elected by bragging that he’d done so by pulling out. All he did was set the stage for the war to expand exponentially, and with it the threat to the region and the West. Now Obama wants to avoid the political consequences of the failure of his policy by trying to get Congress to step in front of him while Obama prepares to re-enter the war he left behind. Republicans aren’t going to take the bait no matter how much they see the need for a forward strategy against ISIS, and neither are Obama’s Democratic allies.
The defining characteristic of this administration’s foreign policy has always been a failure to lead. It’s just becoming a lot more obvious these days.
President Obama is a coward of impossible dimensions.
He is attempting to fight a war without alerting the public to the fact that it is a war, because he is ideologically committed to claiming that war is always a mistake, and yet for political reasons he must be seen as pretending to fight IS.
He knows he needs — get this — an actual resolution from Congress to fight this war. But, because of the political optics, he does not wish to be seen asking for one, nor engaging in the process of securing one.
Did you notice who was sitting behind Kerry at the Senate hearing holding a pink sign? Yeah, that’s right. Obama doesn’t want to upset or disappoint the likes of her.
So the Administration refuses to tell the Senate what should be in an AUMF, or what shouldn’t be there. He wants them to just guess, because he is such a clownish, cartoonishly cowardly malefactor that he can’t be seen to have actually sent over a memo.
This is the worst man — not just the worst president, but the worst man — I have ever seen in a leadership position.