After fighting the Islamic State for more than a year, President Obama has renewed his call for Congress to give him the specific authority to fight the terrorist group. But the odds that he’ll get it aren’t high...
...Robert Menendez nicely summarized the problem Monday night: “The big debate here is between a universe, mostly Republicans, that wants to basically say, ‘Here you go [Obama], you have the wherewithal to do anything you need’—you know, an open-ended authorization—and Democrats who don’t want to see another Iraq or another Afghanistan in terms of an open-ended military [engagement]; they want to tailor it more. When you get to tailoring it more, you have a Republican universe that says, ‘No, we … think that by tailoring it, you’re controlling an executive and you’re hamstringing him.’”
The debate, Menendez said, has allowed Republicans to move on from the issue arguing that “there’s no agreement and the administration is already having military actions without it.” The New Jersey Democrat, as many of his colleagues have in the past, called on Republicans to present their own AUMF strategy, but that doesn’t appear to be going anywhere either.