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Sunday, February 17, 2019

By Katherine Skiba, Chicago Tribune (TNS)

WASHINGTON — House Speaker John A. Boehner of Ohio said President Barack Obama’s request to Congress to authorize military operations against Islamic State isn’t sufficient and that he will aim to strengthen it in the coming weeks.

“I don’t believe that what the president sent here gives him the flexibility or the authority to take on this enemy and to win,” the Republican leader said on Fox News Sunday.

Boehner said he viewed the president’s submission as the “beginning of the process” and that there would be “bipartisan discussions about how we strengthen this authorization.”

Boehner also promised “exhaustive hearings” by three House committees: Foreign Affairs, Intelligence and Armed Services.

Obama’s request to Congress last week to authorize military operations against Islamic State set relatively few hard limits for him or his successor but appears designed to force lawmakers to shoulder more of the responsibility for a lengthy conflict.

Obama’s proposal for a three-year authorization is aimed at bridging the divide among lawmakers, who must now weigh in themselves, a top White House adviser said Sunday.

“It’s very important in questions of war and peace for Congress to be heard,” White House chief of staff Denis McDonough said on CBS’ Face the Nation.

Republican Senator Bob Corker of Tennessee, who as head of the chamber’s Foreign Relations committee is a key voice in the debate, countered that the White House proposal fails to go far enough in detailing the president’s strategy and that skepticism abounds on Capitol Hill about Obama’s plans for a fight that Corker emphasized is likely to last for years.

Still, some Republicans have complained that the proposal was too restrictive. “It is important,” Corker said, “for Congress to get behind something that’s prudent.”

Senator John McCain (R-AZ), chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, warned against Congress restraining the president in the authorization for military action, saying it would lead to “535 commanders in chief.” He noted that Congress also has the power of the purse and could cut off funding if it disapproved of the president’s actions.

McCain, who was taken prisoner of war while serving in Vietnam, was highly critical of Obama on Syria and Iraq. He said “there is no strategy whatsoever” on Syria and called pulling out of Iraq in 2011 a “huge mistake.”

There needs to be a stabilizing force in Iraq, McCain said. “You’re going to also have to have American boots on the ground,” he added. “That does not mean the massive numbers as the president sets up that straw man all the time, but it does mean forward air controllers, special forces and many others.”

The president’s proposed authorization would allow for limited ground forces, including special operations troops.

Photo: Gage Skidmore via Flickr

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64 responses to “Boehner Says Obama’s Military Authorization Request Falls Short”

  1. Al Egro says:

    The American people, lied to by Obama again: http://bit.ly/MoreLiesByObama

    • RobertCHastings says:

      In case you have NOT read the ACA or developed some kind of understanding as to WHY so many Americans lost the insurance policies they “loved”, please do so. As millions of individuals around America discovered, much to their chagrin, the policies they had prior to the ACA were worthless and did NOT meet either their financial OR medical needs. The ACA established certain minimal requirements for private insurance policies, and those policies that people lost did NOT meet those minimal requirements. The policies the insurance industry was required to offer over Healthcare.gov and the various state websites DID meet minimal requirements. I don’t know about you, but when I have to go into the hospital for an expensive procedure, I would like to be assured that my insurance has me covered.

      • hicusdicus says:

        I believe that is called big government knowing what is better for you than you do. I guess Gruber was right, the average American is just to stupid to know what he really wants.

        • johninPCFL says:

          And yet, oddly, most didn’t simply tell their beloved insurance company that they would rather keep their existing policy. Written right into the law was the provision that an existing policy could be kept by the simple expedient of refusing to accept a new one.

          • hicusdicus says:

            That’s what I did and I still have my same policy. It cost me 175.00 a month, Whats all the hub bub about?

          • hicusdicus says:

            Where did you hear that one? I have an acquaintance who did just that and was told he could but there would be a 900.00 dollar + fine. I would say you might be wrong. There seem to be quite a few misconceptions swirling around. I don’t know that many people but I have yet to hear someone say they are pleased with it. I am sure all the folks who are getting subsidized are tickled pink. How do you feel about what you have to pay?

        • RobertCHastings says:

          It is not a question of knowing what he WANTS, as Madison Avenue has taken care of that issue for him. It is a question of knowing what he NEEDS, and taking the time to find out how to get it. Of the millions of people who signed up for insurance on Healthcare.gov and the state marketplaces (where offered), a huge percentage of those found out they qualify for Medicaid, which is quite probably the impetus behind so many REPUBLICAN governors deciding to utilize the government expansion of Medicaid after initially opposing it.

          • hicusdicus says:

            When you say probably, does that mean you really do not know? That is your opinion, you are guessing or is that the way you want it to be? Your opinions just like mine are meaningless.

          • RobertCHastings says:

            It is a reasonable assumption that politicians will choose a path that brings voters into their camp. In “Ghostbusters”, Bill Murray and his buddies pushed the mayor of New York to allow them to work their magic in ridding the City of its ghosts, and the clincher was to the effect “if we are wrong, we go to jail, but, if we are right, think of all the voters”. Having endured the machinations of Romney in the previous presidential race, I feel vary safe in saying that some politicians will say whatever they think their audience wants to hear, even if it is diametrically opposed to what they said yesterday, or what they will say tomorrow. In the case of the Republican governors who initially refused to expand Medicaid in their states, the backlash from such a move has prompted at least some of them to change their position. If you feel this is an unreasonable assumption on my part, well, whatever.

    • Eleanore Whitaker says:

      Listen bully boy. Get an education, give up 8 years of your life to your country. Then and ONLY then do you get to be more than a pipsqueak.

    • Grannysmovin says:

      What does your post have to do with the article?

    • jmprint says:

      I am saving $534 A MONTH on my insurance because of ACA. How much are you saving?

      • Dominick Vila says:

        One of my grandsons, who is severely handicapped, has insurance coverage for the first time in his life thanks to the Affordable Care Act.

        • jmprint says:

          My spouse had a quadruple bypass and our insurance premium was at $1285.00 a month, but they probably would have canceled us. Thank God for ACA, with previous heart surgery, most insurances would NOT qualify us.

          • Dominick Vila says:

            What a lot of people either don’t understand, or know it but don’t care, is that millions of Americans don’t have healthcare insurance through their employer, and are not financially wealthy. For them, the ACA is a life saver.

          • angelsinca says:

            When I had a quad bypass in 2011, my premium was at $356/mo. The deductible was $1,000/yr. The same ‘inferior’ plan has become $750/mo with a $5K annual deductible, thanks to the ACA.

          • jmprint says:

            BUT, at least you will be insured and not denied coverage because of previous illness. Isn’t that just wonderful! Our out of pocket expense is $3000.00.

          • angelsinca says:

            So now we can’t afford to get the care anymore. Nice plan. It wasn’t necessary to turn the entire industry upside down when simple regulation could have targeted the inherent disadvantages. But then no one could have claimed, “We finally did it!”. They did it alright.

          • jmprint says:

            Either you make too much money or your employer is screwing you over. And congress has had plenty of time to do better for all of us, but they are too busy catering to businesses to care.

          • RobertCHastings says:

            And which non-existent House of Representatives would, today, pass such legislation with the type of regulation of the private insurance industry? Absolutely right, not one. Yes, the insurance industry NEEDS to be regulated, and the capitalism that is controlling our country from every direction needs to be brought under control. Single payer systems do NOT have the insurance issues we do.

      • hicusdicus says:

        How much am I saving? I only pay 150.00 for full medical coverage.

    • RobertCHastings says:

      And do you have a valid point you would like to share with the rest of us? For the vary small number of people who LOST the policies they had wanted to keep, the ACA did NOT want those policies in the market BECAUSE they were inadequate and, as millions of people have learned over the years, those policies do NOT cover much of what most people need in an insurance policy. Oh, just in case you are wondering what the date is, look in the lower right-hand corner of your screen. The picture above shows the DOW at about 9,500 points below what it opened today (2/24/15). Your data is about as valid as your argument.

  2. RobertCHastings says:

    Is it NOT the executive branch, through the military, that conducts war? it looks like Boehner may be testing the waters for a presidential run in 2016

    • Grannysmovin says:

      Yet it is being reported ” WASHINGTON — The House speaker, John A. Boehner, said Sunday that he was “certainly” prepared to allow funding for the Department of Homeland Security to lapse, raising the possibility that one of the government’s largest and most vital agencies could be shut down at the end of the month.”
      So it would appear he is more concerned about putting boots on the ground and getting into another war in the middle east, but is not concerned about the safety here at home.

      • FT66 says:

        He is neither prepared to put boots abroad nor ready to safeguard the safety of people here at home. Just only receiving tax payers money in terms of his salary for totally doing nothing.

      • Dominick Vila says:

        Fear not, if something terrible happens in the USA, the party of Oliver North will blame everybody but themselves for the consequences of their actions.

        • Grannysmovin says:

          Oh yea the GOP “Personal Responsibility” thing.

        • angelsinca says:

          It already happened Vila. And the left continues to blame everybody but themselves.

          • Dominick Vila says:

            Yes, Angel, 9/11 and the eleven terrorist attacks against U.S. diplomatic facilities (two against the consulate in Karachi) already happened. I am not sure why Democrats should take responsibility for things that happened when the GOP was in control of the WH and Congress. Benghazi did happen under out watch, and we are not blaming anyone else for it.
            The same goes for the de-stabilization of the Persian Gulf, when Saddam Hussein and the Baathists were removed from power and replaced with Shias aligned spiritually to Iran. The consequences of that myopic decision include ISIL.

          • angelsinca says:

            It was the myopic decision to vacate Iraq that allowed ISIS to overrun the country with murderous ruin, Vila. But don’t fret. Obama has a plan to surrender against the present threat. It turns out the terrorists really only need jobs.

          • jmprint says:

            It was a congressional myopic decision, not an Obama decision. Remember Iraq did not want to protect our soldiers. Do you expect all our children to die, for the benefit of those like Cheney that make millions on wars.

          • hicusdicus says:

            He is probably going to arrange a voucher system for them and a fast track to citizenship

          • RobertCHastings says:

            It was the hegemonic impulse of the Cheney and his cohorts that put us into a war that had no justification. We are STILL involved with the Taliban in Afghanistan, in a war that has stretched on much longer than the one Russia waged there and for which we armed the Taliban to get them OUT of Afghanistan. Our entry into Iraq without a clear end-game and with faulty and manufactured evidence is why there is so much turmoil in the Middle East, that along with our failure to deal with the all-encompassing issue of world poverty. The HIGHEST unemployment rate in the Middle East is among those who are of military age (18-28). Why do you think they are angry? Why do you think they MIGHT not like the US (although the youth there emulate American icons)? Our credibility in the region was destroyed BECAUSE we invaded Iraq. Thank God Obama had enough sense to NOT commit US troops to Libya and Tunisia and Egypt, although I have a reasonable idea what would have happened in that regard had McCain won in 2008. You have a habit of making assessments without thinking through them or doing any research, just sort of shooting from the lip.

          • Eleanore Whitaker says:

            Again with the left? Let’s see now…the last election? Who got the majority with Koch billions bundling the votes?

            Seems like the duty of the House is to disperse tax revenues…and who gets the most of our tax revenues? Check the GAO if you have the guts. It’s red states that outnumbered blue by a margin of $1.50 for reds to 65 cents on average for every dollar paid for blues.

            Sick little boy…You can sit there fuming, ranting and raving all you like. But that scowl and puss isn’t getting you anywhere. All that right wing slash and burn has more of a serious effect on your red states than on blue. That was proven when Alaska’s fishing industry couldn’t get their fishing licenses and permits in time for the start of the fishing season and who was to blame for that? Asshats of the GOP who swaggered and drawled and proclaimed from the rafters their threats of sequestration and government shut down…Sometimes, you silly little boys do more damage to yourselves than to the rest of us. But do keep trying, the country isn’t a banana republic yet. Yay! Here it is folks….The United States of Republicans. NOT

          • angelsinca says:

            I can’t imagine anyone would read what you wrote and say, “I’ll have what she’s having.”

          • hicusdicus says:

            EW is trying to turn our country into the camel toe cult. The problem is her gonads spoil it for her.

          • Eleanore Whitaker says:

            EW doesn’t have time to feed you male superiority egotists. Shouldn’t you be getting ready for the Boehner/McConnell Animal House Toga Party? The dirty little secret about you righties is how much booze and drugs you manage to stuff into your chemically altered brains. Get off the sauce Joy Boy.

          • RobertCHastings says:

            Yes, the truth is hard to take in large doses.

      • hicusdicus says:

        Most vital Homeland security? Are they entitled to hazard pay for having to see you naked. How many people have you sent to the therapist.

        • Grannysmovin says:

          What is wrong with you? Have you suffered a traumatic brain injury that would explain your last post?

          • hicusdicus says:

            Adult discussions are boring and pointless .Could you say something that is witty and funny. Have you ever been through an airport X ray machine. Just try and imagine all your wrinkles completely flattened out by your girdle. The unrestrained wrinkles just flapping about uncontrollably. Once seen it scares the psychic forever. Why do you take your self so seriously? You are of no importance and nobody is interested in your opinion. Why would they be?

  3. Dominick Vila says:

    Anything short of another massive invasion will not be enough to satisfy Boehner and McConnell…until President Obama does it, at which time they will become the epitome of pacifism.

    • FT66 says:

      Reacting after incidents, is what has caused all problems which are lingering in Iraq. Why are these two people (Boehner & McConnell) there for? Can’t they realise the immediate danger which is facing the entire nation at the moment? Beheading, burnt like a potatoe in hot ashes. And they are still blind and can’t take any action!!!! Am stunned.

  4. Eleanore Whitaker says:

    Since when is Boehner a military strategist? The President, lest this OH buffoon need reminding, has the full force of the intelligence and military genius at his disposal. I’m so fed up with the “I Hate Obama” BS artists. These armchair political jerks act like they know it all. In reality, they are setting the US up for another massive 9/11 type attack and they know it. In fact, it’s what gets their adrenalin pumping at the very thought. These are not Americans who pledge allegiance to our flag, our country or our president. We need them, like we need another Boehner BS artist for Speaker.

    • hicusdicus says:

      I take it you had a good weekend at the slumber party. You are revved up and coming in for the kill. You should gather up all your comments and put them together in a book. ISIS would buy it and use it for political strategy.

      • Eleanore Whitaker says:

        Actually, NJ is freezing cold. I’m wearing my thermal underwear, my watch cap and a fuzzy sweater. I am more worried that YOUR comments are being read by ISIS and being used to support their theory that men like you hate your country enough to sell it to ISIS for the cheapest price.

        • Dominick Vila says:

          Ouch!

          • Eleanore Whitaker says:

            Not to worry. It’s been snowing in NJ since midnight. Another 6 inches. ugh! Actually, the snow is quite pretty from my window. I shoveled the driveway early this morning and wouldn’t you know? The snow plows plowed the bottom of the driveway right back in…rofl!

          • Dominick Vila says:

            Hang in there. Consider moving to Florida. We are preparing for an Arctic front with temperatures dropping to 50 degrees! 🙂

          • Eleanore Whitaker says:

            I think winter has lost its ability to charm. I wouldn’t mind 50 degrees. Ah 50 degrees, balmy breezes instead of knife-like wind. Bright sunshine instead of skies like molten lead…rofl.

        • angelsinca says:

          EW, you have probably spouted more hateful things about the world you live in than any ISIS propagandist could muster. For this, I am sure they thank you for the treachery.

          • Eleanore Whitaker says:

            Wrong. I spout truth you interpret as “hate.” Perhaps, a man like you who only views life through the morbid prism of hate is no longer capable of critical thinking that helps to know the difference between “hate” and “truth?”

            I am sure ISIS is more suited to a man like you who is so filled with internal self-loathing that no one but you is considered intelligent or worthy of existence. Therefore, ISIS would be ideal for you. You can hate hate hate all you want and you’ll be in with the ISIS “in” crowd.

            A man who reinterprets facts and truths I can prove in a court of law and you can’t is a man with a serious load in his Pampers.

          • angelsinca says:

            Besides the obvious desire to castrate, what exactly are you trying to accomplish today, EW?

          • hicusdicus says:

            come on Elli.If you can’t lie to somebody you won’t even talk to them.

        • hicusdicus says:

          I would love to sell part of my country for ISIS to train on. How about a nuclear waste site. In a short while their bodies would glow at night. Easy moving target.

    • mah101 says:

      I am inspired. From now on, whenever someone is refering to a politician from the republican party, we should replace the (R) with and (B) to stand for buffoon.

    • oldtack says:

      This dumb butt couldn’t even make it through Navy Boot Camp and he is a military Strategist?

  5. Eleanore Whitaker says:

    Ever notice how its the same bulls and cows always whining and complaining about the president as if HE and only HE makes all the rules? Meanwhile, they reelect the worst drawling, swaggering , plantation mentality Confederates who believe in mass, endless austerity, endless wars to feed their state coffers and then they try to throw the states paying ALL the freight for their welfare and phony SSDI under a bus?

    The top ten states that had the worst record of uninsured Americans and who were dumping the costs of their healthcare on the rest of us are ALL red CON states. ALL. Bar none.

    This is why they hate the idea that, for once in their unemployed, lazy lives, they actually have to pay for their healthcare and then “W O R K” the 4-letter word they hate most.

  6. charleo1 says:

    Maybe the headline should read, “ISSL, the President, and The U.S. Constitution, all combine to put a decision averse Congress in a real pickle.” And for Republicans, a real dilemma. What now? Forgo an excellent opportunity to push the Country into another open ended military operation? Or agree with OBAMA!?? It’s almost as if they awoke to the nightmare of Obama purposing to abolish the IRS, repeal healthcare reform, and close all those pesky regulatory agencies the corporations so detest. But, here’s the kicker. Only if the Republicans agree with him. Giving Obama a supportive group man hug on National Television, to be hashed out later.

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