The war with the Islamic State turns one today, and yet we still have no authorization for the use of force against the group.
This week, Senator Kaine marked the anniversary of the fight with a speech at the Cato Institute in an event entitled "The Fight with ISIS: One Year (and Counting) of Unauthorized War," the audio for which Cato has generally made available to us. With more than 5,000 airstrikes and roughly 3,500 troops on the ground, and new fronts opening with Division 30 and the Turkish military, Senator Kaine wonders how it is that Congress has still failed to live up to, in his view, it most solemn duty—that of authorizing war. In his address, Kaine explores how Congress’s failure is fundamentally transforming the Congressional-Executive relationship and even the presidency itself.
Gene Healy, Vice President of the Cato Institute, moderated the discussion.