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Obama's Request to Fight ISIS Sparks Debate

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… our coalition is on the office … I so is on the offensive Anais is going to use … the only one up … with our allies and partners where to degrade and ultimately destroy … the search … the resolution resubmitted today does not … call for one of yours ground combat forces to Iraq or Syria … that’s President Obama asking Congress to authorize military action against the Islamic State … this is your Wednesday acting in news have I’m Sara Mary … present Obama is proposing a three-year authorization that would allow for some ground troops that President Obama says he is not authorizing large scale combat operations on the ground … still to be a very significant though it would mark the first time Congress impact on the right he supports Sen starting in two thousand team to allow President George W Bush to invade Iran … it’s already sparking a debate about how broad the president’s power should be in times of war … joining me now with more analysis is Richard Hoss president of the Council on Foreign Relations … they say much for joining us … thanks for having me Sarah sell your present Obama say he is not one to have a large scale … ground operation but he does like themselves are related to provide troops on the ground in certain situations … what’s your take on that it seems simulate once you open the door for that it seems difficult to closing … well … what I think you wanted to do is reassure people who worried about some new version of Iraq or Afghanistan … open ended March tale would use to think the word with him during … combat operations … on the other hand hated water precluded the rescue missions where say a special forces raided we knew there was a gathering … of my soul leaders someplace so we wanted to to take some … sort of equity is trying to do was essentially thread thread the difference … is that a lot of tightening government working on these foreign policy issues he worked a lot on Afghanistan and future of Afghanistan CEO it’s like the embroiled in these conflicts … for a long time what’s your take on this three year time limit the present wants to send … but the big on limits personally … in this case though there’s only two years left to his presidency … stories essentially saying is actually quite explicit in this in this press conference … busy busy year after he leaves office where the new Congress at that point and the new president … will be able to the … essentially revisit this issue … let’s be clear with or without the saucer ization … Thani commander in chief cause of an awful lot of authority an awful lot of power … to a reading of the Constitution or tradition … to take all sorts of military actions … that said I think the president wanted to get a successor … and the successor Congress … a year to to work this through … I must point out that I visit the lighthouse is Ardi made clear that they feel like they have the authority … to take action against ISIS and a half hearted take action had taken action through airstrikes against ISIS … so what is the … place to take this to Congress and sale of … the one of the town the it’s … well traditionally one of the reasons presidents of the taken issues like this the Congress is the salacious … spread around the responsibility … and take away the argument that it was simply the executive branch taking the United States … in sick on that in this case also … some of the early authorities which were put into place right after a two thousand come … on nine eleven … are obviously controversy Oprah strictly on the left … Coast they were seen as providing be the political and legal predicate … to the Iraq war … so that was of political are turning … to sew through supersede that … your basic points exactly is exactly right when it without explicit authorization is like this … um presidents have EU the of the basic fundamental form Policy power … the power of commander in chief … they have the permanent ability to exercise of self defense does all sorts of counterterrorism capabilities … that are on the books … so I see this more of in the political rather than in the actual law at the end in the actual sense of having an impact damage to the top about presidential car per second because as part of the president the present wants this ought to rise the ones to repeal … the authorization in two thousand to that allowed George W Bush to invade Iran … he wants the two nd place as separate authorization from two thousand won and that’s the White House please do it as a likely be at the authority to deal with ISIS right now so we and all of this quite the limits on presidential power … on … the honest answers there isn’t much women on presidential power when it comes to this sort of thing one interesting question Sarah of August Congress choose to do with this … are they going to be members of Congress who are going to say try to introduce … time limits on the go to be those who are going to try to introduce geographic limits which are not in this for example … there’s nothing in this was a precludes the United States … from helping Jordan … or doing something and and Saudi Arabia might there be people who would try to do that … might there be people who tried into further narrow will further expand what this president to do in the area of of the insertion of ground forces … to me the support of the rest what he’s done is essentially opened up a political process here … and people with very odd with various agendas … or are they going to try to broaden or narrow … this authority and that’s always the rest … get that technically are already hearing … in open early signs of that coming out of capris Richard Hoss they say much for joining us thank you …

(via WSJ)