Summary If there is an "Obama doctrine" on the use of military force, it's this: a light US footprint -- marked by airstrikes and multilateral partnerships -- is less costly and more effective than heavy-handed invasions. There is no moderate force capable of defeating not only ISIS but also besieged President Bashar Assad, and then governing well in the aftermath. That's why the most important part of Obama's strategy is also the toughest: the training of Syrian moderates in a camp in Saudi Arabia.
Summary White House employs 2001 Authorization for Use of Military Force Resolution to evade Congress. "Unless we discipline our thinking, our definitions, our actions, we may be drawn into more wars we don't need to fight, or continue to grant presidents unbound powers more suited for traditional armed conflicts between nation states." Last week, The Washington Times asked a National Security Council spokeswoman whether the president still wants to repeal the authorization, given the rise of the Islamic State terrorist group.
Summary in half an hour with some more highlights from the Shinju Matsuri Now to Australia's preparations to send a military force overseas to counter Islamic State. 600 personnel will be sent to the United Arab Emirates The announcement followed news that another hostage had been murdered by the group. President Obama as you know has not been quick to reach for the gun here. So this is a very broad coalition and it's getting broader all the time because the ISIL movement is a threat, not just to the people of northern Iraq.
Summary Stability attained through military force is temporary at best. It is not merely the police that keep this "badshah" safe in his fortress; he is guarded by the legal consent of a gigantic chunk of the Pakistani population. Imran believes he's leading a revolution against a ruler, when in actuality, he's revolting against the will of another half of the nation, composed of the PML-N base as well the now allied followers of the other opposition parties.
Summary Michael Gwyther-Jones/flickrPresident Obama is looking to use the never repealed authorization of the use of military force in Iraq to justify airstrikes on the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS), which has meanwhile released video purporting to show the beheading of another British hostage. Prime Minister David Cameron vowed to hunt the killers down, but has not yet committed the United Kingdom to joining in on airstrikes against ISIS. The White House is expected to announce a plan to deploy military personnel in Liberia to combat the outbreak of Ebola.
Summary When Congress passed an Authorization for Use of Military Force after the 9/11 attacks, virtually every legislator in Washington voted for it--even Ron Paul, though he expressed some misgivings . Friedersdorf also points out that Lee's position has often been misunderstood, noting that she "wasn't saying no to any use of force against terrorists--rather, she was averse to giving the president authority so broad that it could be used to launch any number of wars." But the part of the article that I want to highlight comes when he sums up at the end:.
Summary Does the Barack Obama administration have the legal authority to use military force against Islamic State? But if it was part of al-Qaeda for a significant period, it's not easy to argue that al-Qaeda's announcement of dissociation last February (for excessive brutality, no less) suddenly deprives the president of the authority he had in January. Keep in mind that the group insists it is the true inheritor of the legacy of Osama bin Laden.
Summary A top Democrat will unveil legislation this week authorizing the Obama administration to use military force in the fight against Islamic militants in the Middle East. Even as President Obama is claiming he has the unilateral authority to go after the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), a senior member of the Intelligence Committee, argues that the White House needs the explicit approval of Congress to launch what "amounts to war."
Summary The Federal Government is sending 600 Australian personnel to the Middle East in preparation for military action against Islamic State (IS) militants in Iraq. Prime Minister Tony Abbott said the United States had specifically requested Australia contribute to an international strike against the militants, who have captured large swathes of territory in Iraq and Syria. Mr Abbott said around 200 troops would be sent to the United Arab Emirates within days, including a Special Forces contingent "that could act as military advisers to the Iraqi armed forces or to the Peshmerga".
Summary Although President Obama opposed the Iraq War and the Congressional action legalizing it, he will be using the Iraq Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF) "for supplementary legal justification" in his coming campaign against ISIS. . Such a repeal would go much further in giving the American people confidence that ground forces will not be sent to Iraq. . When questioned about how the administration could rely on a force authorization it is simultaneously seeking to repeal, a "senior...official" told TIME that the administration believes they can use the 2001 AUMF, "to allow the U.S. to strike Al Qaeda, to justify the strikes against ISIS in Iraq and Syria." .
Summary Speaking from his campsite base in north-east Arnhem Land, Prime Minister Tony Abbott has refused to rule out the use of military force in Syria as part of a mission against Islamic State militants. The government aims to introduce the Foreign Fighters Act into Parliament next week in an attempt to stop young Australians from fighting with IS in Iraq and Syria. The prime minister did not specify whether the act would make it unlawful for Australians to fight for the Free Syrian Army, which the US is arming in the fight against IS and Bashar al-Assad's regime in Syria.