Later today President Obama will give a highly-anticipated speech on how he plans to handle the threat posed by the Islamic State, also known as ISIS. This speech should give insight into what the “Obama Doctrine” really is.
The Heritage Foundation would hope for three clear policies to be outlined in this speech. First, that President Obama will take steps to protect the United States from any domestic threats originating from the Islamic State. Second, that he is firm about the goal of driving ISIS out of Iraq. And last, that he will seek authorization for any military action that will occur.
Given the President’s admission last week that he had no strategy yet for combatting ISIS, it is imperative that some sort of congressional oversight is in place.
Heritage expert Elizabeth Slattery recently wrote:
Now is not the time for Congress and the president to engage in a turf war over who is in charge when it comes to dealing with the threats posed by ISIS. The administration must develop a comprehensive strategy to defeat ISIS, communicate that strategy to the American people and Congress, and then work with Congress to accomplish that task.
In 2007 then-Senator Obama said, “It is always preferable to have the informed consent of Congress prior to any military action.” However, in March 2011, President Obama did not seek any congressional authorization for military action in Libya. If this is a precedent, it is reasonable to suspect that the President will not seek authorization for his military actions against ISIS. This would be a mistake.
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