Remember back when we started our attacks in the Middle East, most notably Syria there was a outpouring of condemnation in Congress because the president had acted without their permission….a vote for the War Powers Act.
The president gave in and sent his authorization to Congress for their approval…..then there was a lull and the vote went No where….why? Elections! These toads were afraid their vote one way of the other would come back and bite them in the ass…..they did what they do best….wimp out!
I bring this up because the question of the War Powers Act seems to be sneaking into the conversation……
Under the War Powers Act, Congress is supposed to vote on any war within 60 days of its launch. The ISIS war began in 2014, and because of mid-term elections looming large, Congress just never voted on it, meaning the war was never authorized.
There’ve been a few pushes for Authorizations for the Use of Military Force (AUMF) against ISIS, but they’ve never gotten far. beyond their respective committees. The administration has simply ignored the lack of authorization for the war so far, but deploying ground troops into Syria is likely to bring the question some new attention.
This is doubly true because, back when those AUMF proposals were making the rounds, endorsed by the White House, they almost all explicitly banned sending ground troops into Syria, meaning even if the administration had gotten their requested authorization, they’d be violating it now.
That also means even if, as some Congressmen hope, the deployment obliges the Congressional leadership to finally see the AUMF brought to a vote, they’re likely going to have to pen a brand new version of the authorization that’s even broader, in keeping with the various ways the war has expanded in recent weeks.
This will be yet another wimp out…after all their are many in Congress looking at an election next year and these people do not want something hung around their neck in front of the voters…..one way or the other.
Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Corker (R – TN) suggested today that he is open to the idea of a vote on an Authorization for the Use of Military Forces (AUMF) against ISIS, and has scheduled a briefing later this week with the Obama Administration on the possibility.
His comments suggested this was unlikely, however, saying he believes there is “no urgency” for such an authorization unless the administrations says they need additional authority for the war, saying it “feels like they have the authority they need” without a Congressional vote.
“No urgency”? We are about to send more US troops into the Lion’s den and there is “no urgency”?
Told you so……cowards!