Earlier in the week the White House sent the low-wattage Sen. John Kerry (D-MA)Heritage ActionScorecardSen. John KerrySenate Democrat AverageSee Full Scorecard0% to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee to ask the Senate to pass an authorization for the use of military force against ISIS. It has been clear from the start that Obama really doesn’t care about ISIS. He is concerned that his legacy, other than trashing the US economy and ruining every alliance the nation had or desired when he came into office, will be leaving office with troops in combat in Iraq.
When Kerry showed up to testify, unprepared would not begin to do justice to his cretinous performance. He literally provided no guidance on what the White House wanted done, or where and for how long it wished to do it. Essentially, in what has become a metaphor for the Obama administration, Obama wanted a blank check.
Leaving Wednesday’s closed briefing on the fight against the Islamic State, the terror group also known as ISIS or ISIL, Sen. John McCain (R-AZ)Heritage ActionScorecardSen. John McCainSenate Republican AverageSee Full Scorecard52% said he doubted the Obama administration really wanted to have a new Authorization for Use of Military Force at all.
“They keep talking about the AUMF. They haven’t, they haven’t sent over anything. I’ve been involved in numerous of these crises where they send over a request for the authorization for the use of military force,” the Arizona Republican said. “You can’t believe they really want it if they don’t even send over a proposal.”
McCain is in line to take the gavel of the Armed Services Committee next year when Republicans take the Senate majority, while Sen. Bob Corker (R-TN)Heritage ActionScorecardSen. Bob CorkerSenate Republican AverageSee Full Scorecard49%, R-Tenn., is set to become chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee.
Corker expressed a similar view.
“There isn’t a strategy yet, and I believe that’s the reason that they really have not pushed for an AUMF,” Corker said. “I’ve heard not a word from a soul. I’ve talked to Sen. John Kerry (D-MA)Heritage ActionScorecardSen. John KerrySenate Democrat AverageSee Full …read more