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Obama Requests Military Authorization Against ISIS

Obama Requests Military Authorization Against ISIS


President Obama went in front of Congress on Wednesday in order to request the use of military force in order to attack and begin a war against the militant group ISIS. The marks the first time in 13 years a president has requested authorization from Congress (the request came from the president before him in George W. Bush).

Due to the escalation of ISIS fighting throughout the Middle East in hopes of taking over the entire region in order to spread its treacherous ways and to lead through violence, the United States and President Obama has found that this is a necessary step stated Marc Sparks. The U.S. has previously attacked ISIS through tactical air strikes at the request of the Iraq government. Other countries in the Middle East with a heavy ISIS presence have requested American military assistance as well.

With an amendment added to presidential power following the September 11, 2001 attacks, the president is able to use military force without Congressional authorization for a short period of time (60 days). However, more and more countries throughout the Middle East have requested United States aid against ISIS. With the recent executions of citizens from countries including the U.S., the United Kingdom, Japan and Jordan, the angst to take out ISIS before it grows stronger is building. This can also prove to be a way for the U.S. to build stronger relations with the region of the world by helping.