Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky, one of the sharpest Republican critics of President Obama’s strategy to combat the Islamic State terrorist group, is now calling for a formal declaration of war, saying it cannot be initiated without Congress.
Mr. Paul, a likely GOP presidential contender who has tried to shirk the label of “isolationist” some have foisted upon him, would limit military action to one year and restrict the use of ground troops, The New York Times said.
“War cannot be initiated without Congress,” he told The New York Times.
“Conservatives are mad at him about immigration. And they’re mad about him using executive authority on Obamacare,” Mr. Paul said of Mr. Obama. “But this is another example where he doesn’t have much respect for Congress, and some conservatives don’t quite get that.”
The White House has said the campaign against the Islamic State is justified under a 2001 authorization of force passed in the wake of 9/11 and a 2002 authorization for Iraq, but Mr. Obama has said he plans to seek a new one from Congress for the campaign against the Islamic State, also known as ISIS or ISIL, in Iraq and Syria.
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