• Watch This Dem Senator Grill John Kerry Over Congressional Authorization For War In Iraq

    Secretary of State John Kerry went before Congress today to seek support and funding for President Obama’s military strategy against the radical extremists of ISIS. Kerry probably didn’t expect it, but he received fierce pushback from New Jersey’s Democratic Senator and Foreign Relations Chairman Bob Menendez.

    Menendez expressed concerns that if the military campaign against ISIS lasted for years, lawmakers would need to but might not be able to pass a new authorization for the use of military force (AUMF).

    “I am personally not comfortable with reliance on either the 2001 AUMF that relies on a thin theory that ISIL is associated with Al Qaeda, and certainly not the 2002 Iraq AUMF which relied on misinformation,” Menendez said.

    “It was not to long ago,” he continued, “that members of the administration appeared before the committee . . . and there was administration witnesses who believed” that we should repeal the Iraq AUMF. “How is it that the administration now thinks it can rely on that for legal authority?” Menendez asked.

    You can see Kerry squirm in his seat.

    “Ah, Mr. Chairman. Ah, how is it? It is because, ah, good lawyers in the White House and good lawyers in the State Department have come to the conclusion across the board that the 2001 AUMF . . . includes Al Qaeda. It’s always included Al Qaeda.”

    “Al Qaeda throughout ISIL,” Menendez mockingly interrupted.

    “Al Qaeda and associated forces,” Kerry clarified. “ISIL began as Al Qaeda. In 2005, ISIL was Al Qaeda in Iraq and it only became this thing called ISIL a year ago.”

    Still being condescending toward Kerry, Menendez said “I appreciate your ability as a former prosecutor and a gifted attorney to try to make the case. I will tell you, at least from the chair’s prospective, you’re going to need another AUMF.”

    Congress voted Wednesday for Obama’s plan to arm and train Syrian rebels to combat ISIS.

    But the vote was deeply divided and many Democrats, including Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-NY.), expressed many concerns about Obama’s authorization for the use of military force and his new war in Iraq and Syria.

    “This would undermine our ability to seriously debate the real questions before us,” Nadler said. “How deadly is the threat we’re facing? And what will happen when American fliers are shot down over Syria and perhaps beheaded on television by ISIL? Will the demand for revenge be overwhelming? Just how steep is the slippery slope we are embarking upon? How long will the conflict last? Is there an exit strategy? What does victory look like? How much will it cost? How many U.S. lives will be lost? Whom will we be arming in Syria? Do they share our long-term interests? What are the odds those arms will be turned against us or our allies?”

    Jerome Hudson

    Managing Editor

    Jerome Hudson has written for numerous national outlets, including The Hill, National Review, and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and was recognized as one of Florida’s emerging stars, having been included in the list “25 Under 30: Florida’s Rising Young Political Class.” Hudson is a Savannah, Ga. native who currently resides in Florida.

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