Obama’s War Authorization Limits Ground Forces
by Josh Rogin
I like how this Rogin guy/Bloomberg uses the verb “limits” as if it means something.
Almost six months after the president began using force against the Islamic State advance in Iraq and then in Syria, the White House is ready to ask Congress for formal permission to continue the effort. Until now, the administration has maintained it has enough authority to wage war through the 2001 AUMF on al-Qaeda, the 2002 AUMF regarding Iraq and Article II of the Constitution. But under pressure from Capitol Hill, the White House has now completed the text of a new authorization and could send it to lawmakers as early as Wednesday.
The president’s AUMF for the fight against Islamic State would restrict the use of ground troops through a prohibition on “enduring offensive ground operations,” but provide several exemptions. First, all existing ground troops, including the 3,000 U.S. military personnel now on the ground in Iraq, would be explicitly excluded from the restrictions. After that, the president would be allowed to deploy new military personnel in several specific roles: advisers, special operations forces, Joint Terminal Attack Controllers to assist U.S. air strikes and Combat Search and Rescue personnel.
The new AUMF would repeal the 2002 AUMF (Iraq; repealed for reasons which will become apparent), but not the 2001 AUMF (al Qaeda).
And here’s the kicker:
There are no geographic limitations, so the administration would be free to expand the war to other countries.
So does this mean that any amount of ground/other troops can go wherever the president directs in the name of engaging ISIS?
Our president is (further) laying the groundwork for World War. Joe Biden was right. Kinda.
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