US President Barack Obama on Wednesday sent Congress his long-awaited formal request to authorize military force against Islamic State, meeting swift resistance from Republicans as well as his fellow Democrats wary of another war in the Middle East.
Obama took care to note that ISIS “has committed despicable acts of violence and mass executions against Muslims.”
President Barack Obama has asked Congress for authorization to declare war on Islamic State with a limit of three years but no limit on geographical boundaries.
It took him more than four months since the Islamic State executed American hostage James Foley to ask for an official declaration of war. President Obama put the ball in Congress’ court and implied it is will bear the price if it does not declare war on ISIS.
If Congress approves the request, it will be the first time the United States goes to war against an organization and not a country.
He declared that the Islamic State, which he referred to as ISIL for the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant , “poses a grave threat to the people and territorial integrity of Iraq and Syria, regional stability, and the national security interests of the United States and its allies and partners.”