It’s Veterans Day – not a bad time to give some thought to the Authorization for the Use of Military Force (AUMF). The AUMF, which Congress passed in 2001 in response to the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, has been back in the news lately. After four U.S. soldiers were killed in Niger in October, members […]
Recently I wrote that since the war against the so-called Islamic State, or ISIS, keeps expanding, Congress needs to revisit the blank check for waging war that President Trump and former president Barack Obama have claimed it wrote. With the attacks on Syria Thursday, the Trump administration made that need for congressional deliberation even more urgent. U.S. intervention […]
The mass murders in Paris on Friday by the Islamic State terrorist group have prompted an outpouring of sorrow, anger, bellicose rhetoric — and no small amount of political grandstanding — here in the United States. What they have not prompted is any expectation that Congress will actually do its Constitutional job — the small job of […]
As one of my bosses in the Army was fond of saying, “We ain’t got time to do it right but we always got time to do it over.” Now four years after Obama and Hillary Clinton contrived a reason to give our troops the bum’s rush from a won war in Iraq, we are back in combat there. Not just with aircraft but with | Read More »
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Earlier in the week the White House sent the low-wattage to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee to ask the Senate to pass an authorization for the use of military force against ISIS. It has been clear from the start that Obama really doesn’t care about ISIS. He is concerned that his legacy, other than trashing the US economy and ruining every alliance the nation had | Read More »
Before the president’s ISIL speech this week I noted that the Obama administration was reportedly considering two legal rationales for the military actions announced Wednesday night, so as not to have to seek a new legislative authorization. One used the provisions of the War Powers Resolution, and another used the 2002 resolution authorizing the use […]
The situation in Iraq grows more perilous by the day. The nation seems of the verge of dissolving into now only warring ethnic enclaves but warring ethnic enclave engaged in their own civil war. Barack Obama and his administration has stood idly by as the situation has spiraled out of control and any gains made during the Iraq War have been erased. Yet, on Friday | Read More »