U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class John Philip Wagner Jr.
Two years ago President Barack Obama declared that he would seek congressional approval for military intervention in Syria to thwart the Assad Regime’s use of chemical weapons. However, there has been little acknowledgement of the so-called war against the Islamic State. The need for congressional approval in Syria never arose due to Russia’s diplomatic intervention that settled the chemical-weapons problem, but what about the undeclared war on the Islamic State?
In an article for the Atlantic, Garrett Epps writes how for the past year, the United States has been in a much wider conflict with the Islamic State, but with an unclear plan involving numerous regional players. Epps explains how an official declaration of war would not only clarify U.S. goals and end state, but is also a constitutional obligation.
“There is a way that the government could explain itself; indeed, the government is required to do that by Article I of the Constitution, which assigns to Congress the power to ‘declare war,’” Epps writes. “Read the words in context with the subsequent clauses — Congress has the power to fund or defund the military and to set the rules ‘for the government and regulation of the land and naval forces.’ In other words, the military belongs to Congress, and through them to the people. When the President wants to borrow it, he has to ask for permission and explain why.”
The Coast Guard is officially shit outta luck for a paycheck thanks to the government shutdown, which means that zero coasties have been paid to create some of the amazing memes being shared as a way to vent their frustration.
Vice President Mike Pence repeated President Donald Trump's claim that "ISIS has been defeated" in Syria on Wednesday just hours after several U.S. service members were killed by an ISIS suicide bomber in Manbij, Syria.
Soldiers, family and community gathered in Morehead City to render honors and witness the transfer and memorial of U.S. Army Sgt James Slape Nov. 9-11, 2018. Slape will hold a temporary resting place in Morehead City before ultimately moving to Arlington Cemetery. Slape supported Operations Resolute Support and Freedom Sentinel in Afghanistan. (U.S. Army National Guard Photo by Staff Sgt Leticia Samuels, North Carolina National Guard)
An ISIS suicide bomber killed four Americans in Manbij, Syria, on Wednesday.