President Obama yesterday asked Congress for approval to formally wage war against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), the Washington Examiner website reports today (February 11, 2015).
Obama's three-page resolution attempts to appease Democrats wary of putting more ground troops in the Middle East and Republicans who insist the White House is not doing enough to counter violent extremism.
Obama's proposal to Congress would limit the military authorization to three years and prohibit "enduring offensive combat operations," an intentionally broad description.
"My administration's draft AUMF (Authorization for Use of Military Force) would not authorize long-term, large-scale ground combat operations like those our nation conducted in Iraq and Afghanistan," Obama emphasized. "Local forces, rather than U.S. military forces, should be deployed to conduct such operations."