The Obama administration is calling for a three year “authorization” to intervene militarily in Syria and Iraq against the Islamic State, the terror army trained by the United States and funded by the Gulf Emirates.
Article I, Section 8 of the United States Constitution states that only “Congress shall have the power… to declare war.”
Some members of Congress have criticized the administration for failing to seek congressional approval for the new war which began in August when the U.S. attacked ISIS under the pretense of humanitarian intervention to rescue Yazidis allegedly trapped on the Sinjar Mountain in northwestern Iraq.
It was later learned the humanitarian crisis was largely manufactured.
“It turns out there were Yazidis already living on the top of the mountain, and while there were some refugees who fled up there, the humanitarian crisis was never what it was made out to be, and an influx of Kurdish PKK fighters from Syria quickly broke the overblown siege,” Jason Ditz wrote on August 13, 2014.
“The administration just seems grateful that they got an excuse to start a war they’ve been chomping at the bit for, and even if the excuse didn’t exactly pan out, they’ll quickly find another.”
Obama wants the new authorization to replace and update a 2002 authorization used by Bush to launch the invasion and occupation of Iraq. The 2001 authorization put into place after the September 11, 2001 attacks will remain in place. Obama has used it to justify conducting a drone war against al-Qaeda in Yemen and Somalia.
The alleged death of American aid worker Kayla Mueller will be used by advocates of continued war in the Middle East to push through the authorization.
The 29 year old woman was allegedly killed during an air strike against the Islamic State. She joins journalists and a Jordanian pilot who were supposedly killed by the terrorist group as the administration and Congress prepare to ramp up war in the region.
Some in Congress worry the new AUMF will allow the government to put boots on the ground.
“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.
Republicans and other neocons in Congress on the other hand not only want the ability to use combat troops, but also a free hand to attack the Bashar al-Assad government in Syria.
“If the authorization doesn’t let us counter Assad’s air power, I think it will fail,” said South Carolina Republican Senator Lindsey Graham.
The Syrian military is also fighting against the Islamic State and other proxy elements sent to the country by the United States to topple al-Assad.
Graham argues “there’s got to be some regional force formed with an American component, somewhere around 10,000” in order to defeat the Islamic State.
Other Republicans are more reticent. On Sunday, Texas Senator Ted Cruz distanced himself from the call to use ground troops.
“You know, I don’t believe right now we need American boots on the ground, and the reason is, we have boots on the ground already, with the Kurds. The Peshmerga are trained, effective fighters,” Cruz said.