Beyond the AUMF, What Is the Strategy to Fight Islamic State?

February 17, 2015 8:30 PM

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Beyond the AUMF, What Is the Strategy to Fight Islamic State?

Since the president’s proposed authorization for the use of military force (AUMF) was submitted to Congress last week, debate has focused on whether the resolution’s geographic scope, duration, and treatment of U.S. ground forces are too restrictive or not restrictive enough.

Many of the arguments marshaled on both sides are legally dubious, and much of the language in question seems designed to placate uneasy Democrats and defend Barack Obama against the charge that he is extending the very “wartime footing” he has decried.

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