The Fight with ISIS: One Year (and Counting) of Unauthorized War

August 6, 2015

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Next week marks the one-year anniversary of the start of America’s War with ISIS. But after 12 months and more than 5,000 airstrikes — and with some 3,500 U.S. soldiers on the ground — Congress has yet to hold a vote on authorization for our latest Middle East war.

Senator Tim Kaine (D-VA) calls this situation “inexcusable.” He has been a leader in the effort to get Congress to live up to the most solemn responsibility with which the Constitution entrusts it. “How much longer will we allow war to be waged without Congress even being willing to have a debate about the strategy and scope of the mission?” he asked from the Senate floor recently. “How much longer will we keep asking service members to risk their lives without Congress doing the basic job” of taking an up-or-down vote on the war?”


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