Expand presidential war powers to obliterate the militant group
The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, commonly known as ISIL or ISIS, is an Islamic terror network who currently occupies a large swath of land across Iraq and Syria with over eight million people trapped within their ferocious borders and has organized a complex and efficient financial network to fund their efforts.
In September 2014, President Barack Obama announced that a U.S.-led coalition would be deployed to “degrade and ultimately destroy” the terror group. Until recently, the coalition has had limited success in degrading ISIS, much less destroying them.
When ISIS burned Jordanian Air Force pilot Moath al-Kasasbeh to death, it enraged the entire nation of Jordan and they are now taking the lead against ISIS. Now is also the time for the U.S. to expand their military efforts against ISIS as well.
Recently, President Obama asked Congress to give him temporary war powers in order to expand the United States’ effort against ISIS. In order to fulfill the mission’s objective to degrade and destroy ISIS, Congress must give the president limited war powers.
These war powers must be specific in nature, as no one wants another Vietnam-like situation.
These war powers must give the president the ability to increase airstrikes on ISIS-controlled oil fields and wheat production facilities (both of which account for a large portion of their revenues) and to deploy American Special Forces units on the ground in order to scout the region to provide better intel for the U.S. military and its allies.
These powers must also give the president the leeway to send a limited number of American troops to strategic areas of ISIS-controlled lands, so that trained soldiers can go to work against untrained militants.
There must also be a clause in the resolution for the United States to help train their allies. Already, the U.S. and Turkey have began training approximately 1,200 Syrian rebels, and that training must expand to the armies of Jordan, the U.A.E. and other nations in order to better prepare those armies in fighting ISIS.
Expanding the president’s war powers will give him the flexibility the nation needs to defeat ISIS. Air power alone is not enough to stop the brutality of ISIS troops; however, the U.S. should not be forced to police this region of the world, which cannot police itself. Expanding the president’s war powers is the only way to achieve the common goal shared amongst all Americans: quickly obliterate ISIS without costing