Why Congress must not approve Obama’s Authorization for Use of Military Force Against ISIS

by Allen West

On Wednesday President Obama delivered another speech about degrading, defeating, and destroying ISIS. But I must ask you, what about that was any different from the speech he gave in August? As a matter of fact, what delineates Obama’s request now from his unilateral actions since last August? And why didn’t Obama pursue congressional authorization for his venture into Libya?

Furthermore, since it was Obama who declared a “red line” over Syria — which was confirmed to be crossed — why not take the same action there as he did in Libya?

Ladies and gents, this forms the basis of my statement that Congress should not approve the Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF) sent to them by President Obama. It is about as clear as mud and doesn’t lay out a definitive strategy for victory against ISIS – or for that matter, to meet any discernible end state objectives. In actuality, we are just going to continue down the same path for three years.

Now, what astute military commander tells the enemy how long we’re willing to fight?

I believe many of you who agree with my assessment. President Obama cannot be trusted to engage this enemy — and that is the sad reality of his reelection. A reality that the enemy — Islamic terrorists, Iran, Russia, North Korea, and others fully well know.

But don’t just take my word for it. As reported by the Washington Times, “Seventy-three percent of American voters say the Obama administration does not have a clear strategy for defeating the Islamic State terrorist group, compared to 19 percent who say it does. That’s actually down from late September, when 26 percent said the administration had a clear strategy and 64 percent said it did not, according to a new Fox News poll.”

“The authorization for use of military force (AUMF) to combat the group Mr. Obama sent to Congress Wednesday prohibits “enduring offensive ground combat operations,” but Mr. Obama said the language could allow for the use of U.S. troops in limited circumstances.


Congress must reject Obama’s military force authorization against ISIS – Allen B. West – AllenBWest.com.


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