Obama to Send Special Forces to Syria in Unauthorized War

first_imgMake no mistake about it, we are at war. My statement on @POTUS‘s decision to send Special Ops to Syria here: https://t.co/PwhxchZ15t— Rep. Peter Welch (@PeterWelch) October 30, 2015 Whatever their mission is, the US military escalation is startling, especially when you consider that Congress has largely abdicated its duties by failing to pass war authorization with regards to Syria. Simply put, Congress, the only branch of government with constitutional power to approve war, has not found the political will to do so—leaving the Obama administration with no choice but to use war authorization from 2001 to justify its bombing campaign and subsequent troop build. Authorization approved by Congress in 2002, known as the Iraq AUMF, is also being utilized to defend the legality of military operations.Obama in February proposed his own AUMF that would remain in effect for three years, but Congress has yet to vote on it. In June, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif) proposed an amendment that would’ve forced an AUMF vote, but that measure failed.“If this is worth fighting ISIS, and I believe it is, it’s worth having Congress do its job,” Schiff said in June. Two members of the House of Representatives reacted to Friday’s news by calling for Congress to act on Obama’s AUMF. Agreed – Congress must debate #AUMF. It’s our job & responsibility. Past time to #stopendlesswar. https://t.co/M8rIvlv3nr— Rep. Barbara Lee (@RepBarbaraLee) October 30, 2015 Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York After more than a year of combating the so-called Islamic State through the air, the Obama administration, in a swift policy change, announced Friday that US special forces will be deployed to Syria to advise moderate forces fighting the brutal militant group.That means boots on the ground—in Syria.Until now, the Obama administration has publicly said it opposed sending troops into Syria. In June, the White House announced 450 additional US troops would be deployed to Iraq, also in an advisory position. Like in Iraq, the several dozen US special forces being deployed are not expected to directly engage with IS, according to reports.Almost immediately, social media users dug up comments made by President Obama with regards to Syria in which he proclaimed that he would not put troops on the ground in the war-torn country, where nearly a quarter of million people have died since the conflict began in 2011, according to reports. The 2001 AUMF gave then President George W. Bush authorization to strike al Qaeda for orchestrating the 9/11 attacks. The same AUMF has been cited to justify drone strikes, including an aerial attack in Yemen that killed a US citizen who became a radical cleric. For years, civil liberties groups have criticized the 2001 AUMF as overbroad.Even Obama publicly discussed overhauling the 2001 war authorization.In his remarks in May 2013 at the National Defense University in Washington D.C., Obama said he’d “engage Congress about the existing Authorization to Use Military Force, or AUMF, to determine how we can continue to fight terrorism without keeping America on a perpetual wartime footing.” And his own national security advisor, Susan Rice, wrote a letter to then Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-Ohio) calling the 2002 AUMF “outdated.”With bombing campaigns in more than one country and now with the announcement that US special forces are headed to Syria to assist moderate forces, it’s hard to argue that the US is not at war with ISIS—a war that has yet to be authorized. View image | gettyimages.comDespite authoring its own AUMF, the White House is of the belief that the 2001 AUMF passed soon after the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks gives the executive branch wide latitude to conduct military operations in the Middle East and Africa. [email protected] just now: “there is no denying” that Congress gave the president authority to send troops into Syria today thru the 2001 AUMF.— John Glaser (@jwcglaser) October 30, 2015last_img read more

Watford complete double signing

first_img Britos moved to Napoli from Bologna and helped the Italian outfit finish second in Serie A in 2013, and also won the Coppa Italia twice. The Uruguayan, however, was sent off in what turned out to be his final appearance for the Naples club after headbutting Alvaro Morata during the closing minutes of the 3-1 defeat at Juventus on May 23. The arrivals of Jurado and Britos mean Watford have now signed nine players this summer after Sebastian Prodl, Giedrius Arlauskis, Matej Vydra, Jose Holebas, Etienne Capoue, Valon Behrami and Allan Nyom penned permanent deals at Vicarage Road. Watford have signed midfielder Jose Manuel Jurado from Spartak Moscow and defender Miguel Britos from Napoli. Press Associationcenter_img Jurado, 29, and Britos, 30, have both agreed three-year contracts with the Hornets, who won promotion back to the Barclays Premier League last season. Jurado played under Watford head coach Quique Flores during four years at Atletico Madrid, helping the Spanish side win the Europa League in 2010, before enjoying spells at Schalke in Germany and Spartak. last_img read more

Wellington Police Notes: Friday, Aug. 22 – Sunday, Aug. 24, 2014

first_imgSunday, August 24, 20142:20 a.m.  Officers investigated a battery by a known suspect in the 100 block of N. Washington.•2:45 a.m. Officers investigated an aggravated assault in the 1100 block of E. Lincoln.•3:18 a.m. Officers investigated an aggravated assault in the 1100 block of E. Lincoln.•Juvenile male, 17, Wellington was issued a notice to appear charged with speeding 64 mph in a 50 mph zone and operating a motor vehicle without proof of insurance.•10:20 p.m. Officers investigated suspicious activity in the 700 block of N. Blaine. Wellington Police notes for Friday, August 22 – Sunday, August 24:Friday, August 22, 2014•4:15 a.m. Officers took a report of suspicious activity in the 800 block S. C, Wellington.•9:47 a.m. Officers investigated a theft of checks in the 1400 block N. Washington, Wellington.•10:32 a.m. Officers investigated a theft of currency in the 1000 block of W. 8th.•11:10 a.m. Juvenile female, 16, Wellington was arrested and confined on a commitment to sanctions house court through Sumner County for probation violation.•1:05 p.m. Cara M. Appelhans, 35, Wellington was arrested and confined on a warrant through the city of Oxford.•2:13 p.m. Officers took a report of suspicious activity in the 500 block N. Plum, Wellington.•2:34 p.m. On August 14, 2014 Officers investigated a theft in the 1400 block N. Washington, Wellington. Property was recovered and returned to owner.•2:40 p.m. Hunter M. Gaddie, 20, Wellington was issued a notice to appear charged with possession of alcohol by underage adult.•8:20 p.m. Officers made a, courtesy motor vehicle non-injury accident report on private property, in the 1000 block of N. A., involving a vehicle operated by Caitlin B. Jordan, 21, Kountze,Texas and a parked and unoccupied vehicle owned by Michael L. Spencer, Wellington. Saturday, August 23, 2014•10:20 a.m. Brenda S. Cadenhead, 53, Wichita, was issued a notice to appear charged with speeding 43 mph in a 30 mph zone (radar) and expired drivers license.•5:25 p.m. Officers investigated suspicious activity in the 1400 block of superior court.•8:41 p.m. Officers investigated a dog bite and was impounded in the 1300 block of N. B.•10:07 p.m. Officers investigated a sexual battery in the 200 block of W. 4th.•10:44 p.m. Officers investigated domestic battery and criminal damage to property in the 300 block of E. 15th.•11:25 p.m. Matthew R. Deason, 34, Wellington was arrested, confined and eventually bonded on charges charges of domestic battery and criminal damage to property.last_img read more