This morning, the White House released a proposed Authorization for the Use of Military Force against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant to Congress. You can find the AUMF transmittal letter and the text of the draft AUMF below.
Latest in AUMF: Syria
Representative Adam Schiff (D-CA), who serves as the ranking member on the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, has released a revised and updated draft Authorization for the Use of Military Force against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria.
The bill is broadly similar the one that Representative Schiff introduced last September.
The Senate Foreign Relations Committee voted 10-8 yesterday to approve Senator Menendez’s draft AUMF for ISIL.
The Obama Administration Wants a Super-Broad AUMF for the Islamic State (and Other Reactions to Yesterday’s AUMF Hearing)
Secretary of State Kerry testified yesterday before the Senate Foreign Relations committee on the need for a new AUMF for the Islamic State (which Kerry referred to by the new moniker “Daesh,” and I will for now call “IS”). It was a revealing few hours. The Senators were well-informed and asked good questions with an unusual bipartisan flavor. Kerry was well-informed too and did his best to answer their questions. The big news is that Kerry laid the administration’s cards on the table about what it wants in an AUMF for IS. It
Secretary of State John Kerry is currently testifying in front of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on an authorization of the use of military force against the Islamic State. You can view the testimony live here.
Secretary Kerry's opening remarks can be found here.
Last Thursday, Bloomberg View’s Josh Rogin had a piece on a draft ISIL authorization put forth by Senator Bob Menendez, the Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. Based on Rogin's report, it seems Menendez's legislation was offered as an alternative to a bill authored by Senator Rand Paul.
The United States and Turkey seem to be having increasingly detailed discussions about establishing a no-fly zone (or “buffer zone”) inside the northern Syrian border adjacent to Turkey. The press reports that Turkey is conditioning the U.S. use of Turkey’s Incirlik air base for armed flights on the U.S. willingness to establish such a zone. The Administration has been coy about its plans, but the topic surely is the subject of internal U.S.
Earlier this week I analyzed Senator Paul’s proposed war declaration. Bruce Fein has a spirited defense of Senator Paul’s draft (which includes a swipe at me for asking an “obtuse[e]” question). But the defense contains two errors that reveal the limits of what the Senator pr
Analysis of Senator Paul’s Proposed Declaration of War (and Authorization of Force) Against the Islamic State
Senator Paul has proposed a declaration of war and authorization of force against the Islamic State. A few reflections, drawn in part from an article I wrote a decade ago with Curtis Bradley:
Mark Mazzetti and Eric Schmitt report:
President Obama decided in recent weeks to authorize a more expansive mission for the military in Afghanistan in 2015 than originally planned, a move that ensures American troops will have a direct role in fighting in the war-ravaged country for at least another year.