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February 12, 2016

House, Senate Laying Groundwork for War on ISIS

Rep. Frank Wolf

Wolf plans to lead House effort to authorize strikes against ISIS. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

As President Barack Obama weighs U.S. options for confronting ISIS, the insurgent group in control of parts of Iraq and Syria, lawmakers in both the House and Senate are moving to ensure that the administration has the authority to take military action if necessary.

Rep. Frank R. Wolf, R-Va., said in a statement Wednesday he will introduce legislation when Congress reconvenes next week that would authorize the use of military force against ISIS and other terror groups around the world, including al Nusra, Ansar al Sharia, al Shabaab and Boko Haram.

Separately, Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., said Wednesday in Virginia that Congress should not leave town in September without considering an authorization to use force against ISIS.

Wolf’s proposal comes one day after Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Fla., announced a similar bill for the Senate as lawmakers from both chambers and both parties expressed anger and frustration over Tuesday’s release of another video showing the beheading of an American journalist by the jihadi insurgents.

“This will ensure there’s no question that the president has the legal authority he needs to use airstrikes in Syria,” Nelson said in a release.

ISIS has released two videos showing the executions of Americans — and threatened more — since U.S. forces interceded last month in northern Iraq, bombing insurgent positions in support of Kurdish fights and Iraqi government forces.

Wolf said the bill would send a clear message to the international community and end any ambiguity about the president’s authority — or the Congress’ support — for a U.S.-led international coalition to disrupt and eliminate ISIS and al Qaeda-affiliated terrorist groups from committing genocide.

“For far too long the Obama Administration and the Congress have been debating whether or not authority exists for action to address this threat,” Wolf said. “This resolution would provide clear authority for the president and our military, working with coalition partners, to go after these terrorists, whether in Syria, Iraq or elsewhere. We cannot continue operating on outdated authorities passed 13 years ago; it is time for this Congress to vote.”

Republicans, led by Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., and McCain, have argued the president has emboldened the jihadists with a too-cautious approach to combating terror.

House Speaker John A. Boehner said in an appearance on conservative Hugh Hewitt’s radio show that the president will need congressional authority if he wants to strike at ISIS in its Syrian strongholds.

“If he’s going after ISIS, he would have, I think he would have to provide a War Powers notification to the Congress,” he said. “And then it would be up to the House to make a decision about whether we dealt with the issue or not.”

Earlier on Wednesday, Obama vowed a sustained campaign against ISIS.

“Our objective is clear, and that is to degrade and destroy ISIL so that it’s no longer a threat not just to Iraq but also the region and to the United States,” he said.

Niels Lesniewski contributed to this report.

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  • WeenieHolder

    What is congress, the White House, FBI, DHS, and DOJ doing to counter radical Islam’s influence in Washington? Other than enabling it, noting:

    1. Radical Muslim Brotherhood operatives work in Obama’s White House, and directly influence foreign and domestic policy, and have access to vital national security intelligence. This includes, but isn’t limited to:

    Arif Alikhan – Assistant Secretary for Policy Development for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
    Mohammed Elibiary – Homeland Security Adviser.
    Rashad Hussain – Special Envoy to the (OIC) Organization of the Islamic Conference.
    Salam al-Marayati – Obama Adviser, founder of Muslim Public Affairs Council and its current executive director.
    Imam Mohamed Magid – Obama’s Sharia Czar, Islamic Society of North America.
    Eboo Patel – Advisory Council on Faith-Based Neighborhood Partnerships.

    2. Obama’s closest advisor and friend, Valerie Jarrett, has long-standing ties to Islamic radicals, the Muslim Brotherhood, shady Iranian power-brokers, and sworn enemies to the nation of Israel and America. Jarrett was named “Iranian of the Day” by the pro-Iran website, and she was the key player in backdoor US diplomatic relations with Iran, which failed to end their program to enrich bomb-grade plutonium.

    3. When Hillary Clinton was Sec. of State, the Obama Administration reportedly leaked important national security information through Huma Abedin, Hillary Clinton’s deputy chief of staff, longtime aide, and “special friend.” Abedin is the wife of disgraced congressman Anthony Weiner, and she has deep personal and family ties to the Muslim Brotherhood. Hillary Clinton’s failure to understand the danger of radical Islam led to the killing of four Americans at the consulate in Benghazi.

    4. Radical Islamists operate at least 35 training facilities INSIDE the United States with impunity. Democrats and left-wing special interest groups like the ACLU have defended these training camps for terrorists, arguing they have a constitutional right to exist. Afraid to offend the sensitivities of the Muslim community, the Department of Justice and Homeland Security has failed to take action against these known camps, at the expense of the nation’s security.

    5. Islamic terrorists are moving across the southern border with Mexico completely unhindered. The White House is aware of this, and is taking NO action to prevent it. What looks like incompetence or indifference to many is, in reality, willful collaboration and enabling.

    6. The Council on American–Islamic Relations (CAIR) is a front group for radical Islamists and serves as the main PR mouthpiece for the Muslim Brotherhood in the US. While mountains of evidence tying CAIR to dangerous extremists intent on harming the US, the Obama administration and mainstream media continue to let this dangerous group disseminate their anti-Semetic, anti-American hatred with impunity.

    7. Through the dramatic rise in college enrollment by Muslims at American universities and increased (often coerced) hiring of Muslim professors, the Muslim Brotherhood has established a strong presence on college campuses. They establish pro-Islamic/anti-US/anti-Israel student front groups, influence curriculum sympathetic to radical Islam and sharia law, organize and bankroll protests and demonstrations, influence university and public policy, indoctrinate, and recruit new members. The Muslim Brotherhood has also gained influence in public middle schools and high schools, as well as charter schools. A common tactic used to “take over” a school includes targeting specific faculty members for dismissal by spreading inflammatory false information to turn public opinion against them, then replacing those members with new ones sympathetic to sharia law and Islamic superiority.

    8. Obama banned any mention of Jihad from Federal Counter-Terrorism training materials. Farhana Khera, executive director of an Islamic organization called Muslim Advocates, wrote a letter to Barack Obama’s then-Deputy National Security Advisor for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism (and later CIA director) John Brennan. The letter was signed by 57 organizations, including many with ties to Hamas and the Muslim Brotherhood. Among these were the Council on American-Islamic Relations; the Islamic Circle of North America; Islamic Relief USA; the Islamic Society of North America; the Muslim American Society; and the Muslim Public Affairs Council.

    The letter demanded that Obama officials “purge all federal government training materials of biased materials”—that is, materials that they claimed were biased against Islam—and “implement a mandatory re-training program for FBI agents, U.S. Army officers, and all federal, state and local law enforcement who have been subjected to biased training.”

    The Obama Administration immediately complied. Dwight C. Holton, former U.S. Attorney for the District of Oregon, emphasized that same day that training materials for the FBI would be purged of everything that Islamic supremacists deemed offensive: “I want to be perfectly clear about this: training materials that portray Islam as a religion of violence or with a tendency towards violence are wrong, they are offensive, and they are contrary to everything that this president, this attorney general and Department of Justice stands for. They will not be tolerated.”

    Sources on the Islamic extremists’ influence on Washington:

    “Impeachable Offenses: The Case to Remove Barack Obama from Office” by New York Times bestselling authors Aaron Klein and Brenda J. Elliott

    “The Muslim Brotherhood in the Obama Administration” by Frank Gaffney

    “The Grand Jihad: How Islam and the Left Sabotage America” by Andrew C. McCarthy.


    “I will stand with Islam when the political winds shift in an ugly direction”
    -Barack Hussein Obama

    • Jack Everett

      Why don’t you go back to the Mosque you come from Mohamed.

      • WeenieHolder

        RAYCISS !

  • Jack Everett

    Of course just kick the can down the road. We wouldn’t want you to interrupt your golf game and unearned never ending vacations.

  • Packard Day

    Oh this is really awkward to even ask, but isn’t the President supposed to be the one making the case for war to the congress so that the legislative body can either endorse or squelch the idea?

    If memory serves me correct, I think that is what FDR did after Pearl Harbor…didn’t he? So where is our constitutional scholar President who is also the smartest man ever to occupy the White House on this matter?

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  • Tom

    Amasing no one understands where the tactics of ISIS is coming from. Look up the one called Old Man of the Mountains of the 10th Century of Syria and be surprised for he is the inventor of sucide mission we face today. He claimd to be a Muslim but NEVER did pratice the Koran and what it said to do. His hilling of leadership of many States in his day is very heavy. It untimately cost the people 5 cities with the lose of every single life in those town. These guys called ISIS think they go to heaven killing people not of their Religion. That is not GOD and they are not of GOD. Satan maybe but not God.

  • Paul P. Valtos

    Why don’t we send all of congress over to Iraq in uniform. I bet that would be hilarious. Cowards. None of them ever wore a uniform but can send our young boys over there, America’s future . Hopefully they do not turn out like our present leaders .

  • Athanasios1

    A war for two journalists. Every weekend dozens of minority teenagers as well as white teenagers die in gang related shootings and shootings by police officers concerned for their own welfare, in some cases guns are not retrieved at the scenes of such shootings. So where is the outrage against gangs and triggerhappy law enforcement? Nobody cares…but two liberal journalists die and now we must go to war. Let the Democrats and the three Republican stooges McCain, Graham and Boehner send their own offspring to die under rules of engagement that these lawmakers made up that benefit the muslimes (sic). What on earth could be better than muslimes killing muslimes, unless liberals are killing liberals.

    • Merle Dickey

      So, you want them over here killing our citizens right on the streets? Even in your home town?

  • Paul P. Valtos

    Our cowardly, incompetent congress. Do not offend anyone butalso have lost any idea of courage leadership, or integrity Maybe send Trent Lott over to lead them in Iraq with “W” as assistant. Traitors.

  • wilsonsandy2

    Wasn’t obama’s title COMMANDER AND CHIEF? He gets and F. But he is not a true patriot! HIS ALLEGIANCE IS to ISLAM and he doesn’t have AMERICAN’S BEST INTEREST at heart. Obama is a MUSLIM, I didn’t just hear a rumor I heard it from Obama’s mouth on TV. He said he will never go to WAR with Islam. Look at the borders WIDE open for terrorist to walk in. Does he want us to be ATTACKED? His “Dreamers” are committing crimes and getting away with murders because of this president! Illegals are protected by the government for anything they do? What in the world is going on? This is WRONG! He seems more against AMERICANS than for US! So congress has to do something. What a waste of a presidency. He could have been a good president but he hates Americans and he came here to weaken us. HE LIED TO GET IN TO OUR COUNTRY. Folks, we are going to be attacked,Obama has not reacted and terrorists are going to take advantage of this president. It”s not IF we will be attacked, it’s WHEN!


      O is commander in chief in name only. America must rebuild her Military and s tart today. The stronger we are, the more intimidating we are. f we do not rebuild our military strength, we can never protect our country. This current crisis should let we the people demand a resurgence of every corps being rebuilt starting yesterday. We should not have “let” O diminish our armed forces. It is now or never to keep and cherish our beloved country.

  • Vicki Roman

    Why is every single person in our government still on vacation? Just as Obama has and is allowing tens of thousands of illegals into our country “waiting for Congress to reconvene, ” waiting another week until they get back allows IS and other extremist groups to massacre hundreds, if not thousands, more.

    • Merle Dickey

      The Senate too .

  • Poppie-Gene

    Mr. Obama is not a strong President and NEVER will be….He’s waiting for ALL those lawmakers {B S’s} to finally decide to come back to Washington…..A President doesn’t wait for them to decide… He should DEMAND that they return immediately for a special session as a Harry Truman did back in the late 40’s when he ordered them to return….This shows Obama’s weakness as a leader and that means he’s not in control of this wonderful Country….He’s a LAME duck President now and probably wishing the remaining days of his term passes quickly so he can scoot out of Washington and be back in Chicago resting on his laurals…Well he once won the Pulitzer Prize for peace….But never really deserved such an award, that was back in I believe his first year {2009]….If there was an award for BLAMING then he deserves that…..Because we heard that many times before…..

    • wtd

      Why go to all that trouble ? Obama will do anything as he never has !!!

      • Poppie-Gene

        wtd….What did our President really do in defense of our country since he’s been in office…..besides BLAMING others and making excuses of the past….

    • Merle Dickey

      Why? It is easier for him to make his executive decisions when the Congress and Senate aren’t in session.

      • Poppie-Gene

        Merle…I do not know why and the comment I made was Our President is not only a weakish type in action only, His words in speech talking is very good but not even strong enough to give confidence to our country…..He should’ve ORDERD Congerss back in session ASAP to show who’s the CHIEF and get this situation started…it’s SERIOUS and he’s waiting for other them to trickle back aif to say PLEASE….i may be repeating myself but that’s how I feel……

        • Merle Dickey

          You are right he should have called Congress and the senate back but I think he didn’t want them around when he makes one of his executive orders. I am surprised he has decided to wait to put his amnesty policy through. He must have something up his sleeve. I thought the president worked for the American people and what the majority wanted but he does what Obamass wants and to he– with the people!!

          • Poppie-Gene

            Hi Again Merle….It seems that you and I are on the same page, I really have nothing to add, so I want to say It was NICE talking to you and have a nice evening wherever you reside…..You may in the same state as I {Florida]…So, If you want to converse again at any time that would be NICE…..Take care….Poppie Gene

          • Merle Dickey

            I live in Nevada. The home of (shudders) the mentally inept Harry Reid!

          • Poppie-Gene

            Hi Again Merle….Living in Nevada is very Nice as My wife and I were there about 2 years ago visiting friends of ours who live in Henderson…..At that time we were staying at Bally’s and we were chaufferd around every day to different sites….that wasin January and the weather was more cooler than you have in the summer….Your summer is quite warm as ours is…But a trifle HOTTER….now you have a liitle senario of discussion….Not a politiical either for once…That’s it take care and enjoy your doings there….

          • Merle Dickey

            Poppie,Actually , I live in Reno which is very different than Las Vegas , not so much gaming and Casinos as large businesses coming in . We just got the Tesla deal , everyone is excited for it will make several hundred jobs. The whole state of Nevada got hit hard with the economy but we are slowly pulling out. We are not as unsophisticated as many posters would like us to be LOL. Both of you have a wonderful fall:)

          • Poppie-Gene

            Hi Again Merle….Thanks again for writing back so quickly, I guess that Reno sounds like a NICE town ….Was Never there though, But If we go to Vegas again in the near future I’ll try to look you up If possible…In the meantime take care of yourself too and have a wonderful fall season yourself….If ever you want to write I’ll be happy to answer you OK????

  • John 8:37 – John 8:44

    In related video, here’s what it’s like to have zero credibility on important foreign policy issues:

  • Firey Hooks

    In some related video we find a boring propagandist, Sean Hannity, channeling his desires for war against Iran:

  • Merle Dickey

    Slam it to them . show therm no mercy just like they showed the two unarmed journalists and all the children they have beheaded!!!

  • Fargo Wells

    Arguably, the decision to invade Iraq is the worst decision in US history.

  • Scott Smith

    In this YouTube video we find more background on Obama’s brother Malik, a member of the Muslim Brotherhood and terrorist operative:

  • Chuck Itt

    You know, plenty of wise men have warned us regarding the perils of foreign favoritism and foreign intervention. Perhaps we should heed their warnings?

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