Around the same time a bill to slow down President Barack Obama’s war in the Middle East came to a vote in the House yesterday, a committee heard concerns from U.S. Defense Secretary Ashton Carter and others that our efforts to recruit and train Iraqi forces aren’t going so well.
The vote was on H.Con.Res 55, which leveraged section 5(c) of the War Powers Resolution that provides a check on a president who deploys military without a declaration of war in an attempt to quiet the war drums the United States has been beating in the fight against ISIS and President Bashar al-Assad in Syria. It failed 139-288.
In his latest Liberty Report, three-time presidential candidate and former Texas Rep. Ron Paul said this bill might have passed “if we had more constitutionalists and anti-war people” thinking about following the constitution and waiting for a declaration of war.
In Carter’s comments to the House Armed Services Committee, it’s now clear that our military is having trouble recruiting Iraqis to fight the Islamic State. They’ve recruiting just 7,000 Iraqis—far from the goal of recruiting and training 24,000 Iraqi troops. Moreover, Carter said sending U.S. combat troops over there instead would not produce an enduring result.
“I think they only have two options,” Paul said. “If they won’t fight—and there are quite a few reasons for that—and they want to win the war, the neocons have a simple solution and you hear it every day—send American troops. . . . But, there is another option. And since they’re at an impasse, the would have to consider our argument. If it’s not going well, why don’t we leave?”
To those who consider this surrender, Paul shared a personal story of when he left active duty in 1965 and the messages coming from the military demanding that we need more troops. “Another policy can’t be tactical,” Paul said. “It has to be strategic.”
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