Arguing that “any authorization of military force must lay out a comprehensive military strategy” in the U.S.’s fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and Levant, U.S. Rep. Leonard Lance (R-7) said today that the White House’s new war draft will be subject to “public hearings” and “rigorous oversight” in the coming weeks to see if it meets Congress’ standards.
“ISIS has committed heinous crimes against American citizens and our allies and will undoubtedly attempt more acts of war against the United States and our interests,” Lance, a Republican, said. “I believe any authorization of military force must lay out a comprehensive military strategy to defeat this enemy.”
Lance’s comments come in response to President Barack Obama’s move this morning to ask Congress for a three-year authorization of war against the ISIL/ISIS, the terrorist organization ravaging parts of the Middle East, with a proposed Authorization for Use of Military Force (AMUF).
The draft, which according to the text would restrict the U.S. military from engaging in “enduring offensive ground combat operations,” has gotten a lukewarm reception from members of Congress, many who say the language is not specific enough in clearly defining U.S.’s authority against the terrorist threat.
“The Congress will now begin public hearings and conduct rigorous oversight to determine if the President’s request today meets this standard and provides U.S. military commanders and our troops in the field with the tools to implement an effective and robust strategy to combat radical Islamist terrorists,” Lance said.
If approved, Obama’s new draft would offer Congress’ official blessing of what has become a six-month bombing campaign in ISIS-affected regions of the Middle East.
U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-NJ) offered a similarly tentative endorsement of the draft today, saying he looks “forward to the congressional debate on the Authorization for Use of Military Force to combat ISIL.”