President Obama asks the Congress for war power against ISIL but the lawmakers are not yet convinced by his proposal.
On Wednesday, Feb. 11, President Barack Obama presented the Congress with a law proposal that allows the United States to use military force against the Islamic State militants for a period of three years.
In regards to his plans to take down the ISIL (Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant) rebel group, the President made the following statement:
“Make no mistake this is a difficult mission, 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 wishes to use military force in order to take control of the group’s command and supply lines in order to eliminate their most important facilities (like oil and gas supplies), thus slowing them down. He is set on destroying their ammunition and vehicles, their units and training camps, breaking apart the group’s infrastructure.
He added that this would be a good time to partner up with the rest of the countries fighting against this terrorist organization. In Iraq, military forces are managing to hold the line and in some regions even succeeded in forcing ISIL to withdraw while in Syria, the terrorist group failed to gain control over the town of Kobani. President Obama also stated that there are reports that show a decline in morale among ISIL fighters which are slowly realizing their cause is futile.
Lawmakers, both Republican and Democrats, from the House and Senate haven’t shown any enthusiasm regarding this new proposal.
Senator Patrick Leahy from the President’s party and senior Democrat in the Senate made a reference to the past two wars in which the U.S. was profoundly involved and stated that legislations should from now on help avoid history from repeating itself.
California Representative Ted Lieu considers that the president hasn’t yet convinced the Congress that the ISIL terrorist group “represents a direct, grave threat to the United States.”
Both the Senate and the House of representatives have scheduled hearings regarding the proposal. The administration officials are not expected to be required to testify until the Congress comes back form the one-week vacation which begins this Friday.
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