~~February 12, 2015~~
Obama ISIS fight request sent to Congress
President Barack Obama on Wednesday, February 11, made the case for Congress to formally authorize the use of military force in the war against ISIS, declaring that congressional passage of the measure makes the U.S. “strongest” in the fight, and that “ISIL is going to lose.”
“Now, make no mistake, this is a difficult mission and it will remain difficult for some time,” he said during an afternoon press conference. But, he added, “Our coalition is on the offensive, ISIL is on the defensive and ISIL is going to lose.”
Obama, flanked by Vice President Joe Biden, Secretary of State John Kerry and Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, outlined the parameters of the request he delivered to Congress earlier that day. He said the bill reflects “our core objective to destroy ISIL,” and includes authority for a “systemic and sustained campaign of airstrikes,” support and training for forces on the ground and humanitarian assistance.
The joint resolution would limit the President’s authority to wage a military campaign against ISIS to three years and does not authorize “enduring offensive ground combat operations,” according to text of the resolution.
In a letter to Congress, Obama explained that the draft resolution would give him the authority to authorize “ground combat operations in limited circumstances,” including rescue operations and special forces operations to “take military action against ISIL leadership.”
The resolution would also sunset the 2002 AUMF that spawned the Iraq War. Obama withdrew American troops from Iraq in 2011, but the military authorization remains in effect.
Obama detailed the ISIS threat in a letter to Congress accompanying the draft legislation.
“The so-called Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) poses a threat to the people and stability of Iraq, Syria, and the broader Middle East, and to U.S. national security,” Obama writes. “It threatens American personnel and facilities located in the region and is responsible for the deaths of U.S. citizens”
As in the draft resolution, Obama goes on to name the Americans killed in ISIS captivity, “including James Foley, Steven Sotloff, Abdul-Rahman Peter Kassig, and Kayla Mueller.”
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Urge Congress to reject another Authorization of Use of Military Force (AUMF) and stop perpetual wars that don’t make any of us safer.
On September 18th, 2001, President Bush and Congress signed into law the AUMF. This authorized the President to “use all necessary and appropriate force against those nations, organizations, or persons he determines planned, authorized, committed, or aided the terrorist attacks that occurred on September 11, 2001, or harbored such organizations or persons, in order to prevent any future acts of international terrorism against the United States by such nations, organizations or persons.”
Since then, we have
Spent over 1.5 TRILLION dollars in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Syria.;
Sacrificed and lost 67,802 American lives;
Taken the lives of at least 520,000 people in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Syria – the vast majority who have been civilians;
We have committed torture at Guantanamo, Abu Ghraib, and many other facilities throughout the world.
And with the AUMF, none of this even takes a vote of Congress anymore.
But now, Congress has the chance to repeal or revise another AUMF and put an end to this blanket authorization that will lead to billions more spent on foreign soil and handed out to defense contractors – and thousands more lives lost, both American and civilians abroad.
Sign this petition to urge Congress to take this opportunity to stop perpetual wars that don’t make any of us safer. http://www.bravenewfilms.org/nomorewa…
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