Boehner: Obama’s anti-ISIS plan not enough

REDWOOD CITY, Calif. – President Barack Obama outlined the parameters of his request to Congress to give him formal authorization for the use of military force against the terror group ISIS, also known as ISIL.

“Make no mistake, this is a difficult mission,” Obama said. “And it will remain difficult for some time. It’s going to take time to dislodge these terrorists, especially from urban areas. But, our coalition is on the offensive. ISIL is on the defensive and ISIL is going to lose.”

The president’s plan includes approval for airstrikes, support and training of ground forces, and humanitarian assistance.

The three-year military operation allows the US military to go after ISIS, even outside the battlefields of Iraq and Syria.

“The resolution we’ve submitted today does not call for the deployment of US ground combat forces to Iraq or Syria. It is not the authorization of another ground war, like Afghanistan or Iraq. The 2,600 American troops in Iraq today largely serve on bases.”

President Obama says another ground war in the Middle East was not in America’s national security interests and not necessary to defeat terrorists operating in the region.

His request already has his critics in Washington talking.

Republican House Speaker John Boehner says his war authorization does not go far enough.

“He continues to look at this as a counterterrorism effort when in fact there’s a war underway,” Boehner said. “I think the president should have the flexibility to fight this war, wherever it is. It’s simple as that.”

“It will extend a year and a half at least into the next president’s term and a lot of my Republican colleagues have made it clear that they want to put boots on the ground,” Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Conn., said.

Nonetheless, Obama remains optimistic the resolution would receive bipartisan support.

In the next few weeks, Democrats and Republicans will either approve, strike down, or modify the president’s request.

The president says his resolution could grow even stronger if both parties take the time and effort to truly address this pressing issue.

You can contact Henni Espinosa at henni_espinosa@abs- cbn.com for more information.

 

 

 

 

 

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  • Delia
    12 February 2015 at 6:24 pm - Reply

    The Obuttnutt has made a mess of EVERY single military exercise he has been involved in. In fact, if Congress does give him the authority, they are in fact aiding and abetting the enemy because Obama has failed when fighting the US enemy.

    Secondly ,he has fired or retired our military men critical to the success of a mission. This is light going to a gun fight with a sling shot. It is a bait and switch. Again I say anyone that does not understand this man is a muslim and in the pocket of the muzzies are just denying the truth.

    What is even more sad, more disgraceful, more insulting to the fabric of what America was, I say was is that last night it was announced that our Embassy in Yemen was being evacuated the State Department forced the Marine’s assigned to protect the Embassy to give up their weapons to the Yemen authorities.

    No one who has not served their country in the military can begin to understand the significance of that act forced by the State Department. Shame on obama, shame on secretary of state , shame on all those who supposedly represent our country in Washington to allow such an act to take place.

  • Delia
    13 February 2015 at 8:05 am - Reply

    If, and *only if* a clear mission declaration is made by Obama *directly* from *his own lips* with no post-speech clarification or “spin” necessary, the GOP , and the rest of Congress, for that matter, would still be wise to refuse to pass any legislation that doesn’t contain something like the following:

    “The rules of engagement for any military action taken under this authorization must begin with ‘US Armed Forces shall fire at suspected enemy forces before being fired at, and shall continue to fire until those suspected enemy forces have been eliminated’. Any change to these rules that requires ‘enemy fires first’ or ‘careful analysis’ or ‘proof is required’ or ‘reduction of collateral damage’ shall cause the immediate suspension of this authorization.”

    If we’re going to go back into the cesspool known as the Middle East, we should be willing to eliminate the threat we’re going there to fight, not stand around and wait until the threat eliminates us.

    As far as collateral damage goes: American armed forces are trained to eliminate enemy combatants and to avoid the intentional targeting of civilian bystanders and noncombatants. This is unlike our enemy – ISIS – whose primary goal is to behead and murder innocent civilians and noncombatants.

    However, if a noncombatant bystander picks up a weapon, he/she becomes a combatant , and, as far as I’m concerned, a legitimate target.

  • noz
    13 February 2015 at 9:40 am - Reply

    obobo, the commander in chief is without experience in military be it through actual service or through volunteerism. obobo’s experience is solely as a community organizer. even becoming as POTUS for 2 terms, obobo did not learn on how to be a leader, this is in line with the true saying – no matter how much training an individual gets, if such individual don’t get it, she / he will never get it, and this is what obobo is. the leaders of the free, industrialized nations have sensed from the beginning, the american people have voted in power obobo born as a follower, not a leader, and born without gift of learning what a true leader must / should be. the main reason why the leaders of the free world will not join obobo’s anti terrorism weak action plan, knowingly well of obobo’s forte were learned from his communists mother / grandparents, biological muslim father, muslim stepfather, molded his character early learning foundation from muslim schools. obobo’s muslim upbringing is identifying self as a muslim, but yet kept his many deceptions, one of them his false claimed as christian. too many red flags, obobo is a follower of islam by defending the religion, through spinning of the truth with his administration propaganda that ISIS / ISIL are not islam. obobo’s affinities with radical people, like the chicago underground communist bomber, rev wright, staunch believer of saul alinsky’s radicalisms, a community organizer like himself. obobo have successfully divided the american people, with his expanded welfare system to 92million americans, this group are obobo slobberers / supporters, muted by freebies on all of obobo’s failures, giving this POTUS free riding from all the problems and social ills he created, without paying the consequences of impeachment.

  • Enigma
    13 February 2015 at 11:06 am - Reply

    Mr. Dimwit OBAMA. Like most of us Americans, I’ve tuned out and am no longer interested in what you have to say. Tired of your spins, fatigued by your misdirects, lies and populist political demagoguery.

  • Delia
    14 February 2015 at 8:07 am - Reply

    The fact that Obama has purged our military of our most experienced warriors really bothers me. Add to that, the fact that our military is at it’s weakest in decades and is without a real Commander and Chief gives me further cause for concern. ISIS is and will be a treacherous enemy and I would feel a lot more comfortable if we didn’t have a Muslim lover directing the military efforts against it/them! Besides that, I believe that Obama has orchestrated the problems with ISIS, just as he did with the illegals and militant blacks here at home. I don’t trust him to do anything other than play with his drag queen.

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