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Congress Needs to Pass Clear Authorization for Use of Military Force To Defeat ISIS

By Concerned Veterans for America

The Obama Administration’s Conflicting Statements and Inaction Shows Need for Congressional Leadership

Arlington, Va. – Today, Concerned Veterans for America (CVA), through their newly launched Strength and Security Project (SSP), urged Congress to pass a clear and concise Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF) that will give congressional approval for decisive military operations focused on destroying the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) in Iraq and Syria, supporting allied efforts, and ending the grave, immediate threat ISIS poses to American interests abroad, as well as the security of the homeland.

Concerned Veterans For America’s CEO Pete Hegseth made the following statement:

“President Obama and members of his administration have continued to make contradictory and misleading statements about the America’s strategy to defeat ISIS in Syria and Iraq. Whether they are playing rhetorical games about the definition of U.S. “boots on the ground,” or insisting that the United States is not at war, it is clear that President Obama and key members of his administration are still unsure of how to proceed with the destruction of ISIS.

“Accordingly, Congress needs to take the lead and pass a strong AUMF that gives our military the ability to defeat and destroy ISIS and that will deny President Obama an excuse not to act decisively to defeat ISIS. While CVA recognizes that it is ultimately up to the Department of Defense and other executive branch agencies to execute any military operation against ISIS, Congress should exercise its constitutional authority powers to both oversee and define the scope of such a military operation.

“Additionally, by passing a clear and concise AUMF that provides the latitude to defeat ISIS, Congress sends a strong message to President Obama, the American people, and the rest of the world that this is a threat the United States will take seriously.”

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