Tuesday, August 12, 2014

ISIS: Target of Opportunity or Mission Accomplished Ad Infinitum

May 1, 2003: The joy of short-sighted Victory

ISIS: A Return to Ugly Terrorism

ISIS Policy Statement: "Take No Prisoners"

ISIS Gains in Iraq
(On the move from Syria)

Reported from ABC News, in part here:

It's been eight weeks since the militant Islamic force known as ISIS made headlines for seizing the Iraqi city of Mosul and declaring its intention to take over and create an Islamic Caliphate in the territory.

During those weeks, ISIS has seized cities across Iraq and has forced thousands to flee -- including many cities occupied by Kurds in the northern part of the country and Christian villages.

The group, whose initials stand for the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, has declared that the caliphate now exists in the parts of Iraq and Syria it controls and is called the Islamic State.


U.S. air strikes against the ISIS have begun.

There may well be good moral and strategic rationales for the president’s action. But there are still serious questions about his legal authority to order it. There are several possible legal justifications for the air strikes. But none can justify more than very limited military action without additional congressional authorization.

The Obama administration has not yet put forward an official legal rationale for its actions. Cornell professor Sarah Kreps predicts that it will probably rely on the president’s inherent powers as commander in chief of the armed forces under Article II of the Constitution.

If it is adopted, this theory will be made vulnerable to all sorts of objections (author made in this post).

The Commander-in-Chief Clause makes the president the highest ranking general and admiral, but does not give him the power to initiate war without congressional authorization.

Finally this segment (from MSNBC - about 14 minutes) shows the predicament the U.S. is in and apt to get deeper back into the "rabbit hole" (using a Matrix analogy) -

The RED pill or BLUE pill 

What's in store for the long term? Short answer: Who knows? Stay tuned. Thanks for stopping by.

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