John McCain and Rand Paul Are Allies on ISIS War Vote

September 9, 2014 1:35 AM

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John McCain and Rand Paul Are Allies on ISIS War Vote

Strange alliances—and odd rationales—are forming over Congress’s possible vote to authorize military force against the self-declared Islamic State, or ISIS, as lawmakers stand at the ready to be briefed about militants but look unlikely to act to counter them.

The Senate is splintering over whether to defer to the president on war strategy against ISIS, with Democrats and Republicans at odds over whether President Obama needs Congress’s approval, and if not, whether he should even ask.

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