Congressman Barr agrees with need to fight ISIS; says AUMF does not go far enough

02/23/2015 05:46 PM

U.S. Rep. Andy Barr agrees President Barack Obama is on the right course in pursuing military force against Islamic terrorists known as ISIS, but he said Obama is missing the mark when it comes to the campaign the commander-in-chief would wage.

Speaking to Pure Politics by telephone last week, Barr, R-Lexington, said the “limited force with artificial timetables” is not a strategy which would produce victory against Islamic extremists.

Obama’s Authorization for Use of Military Force, or AUMF, request to Congress asks for a three-year timetable that prohibits the use of “enduring offensive ground forces.”

Barr said the proposal is akin to “asking the Congress to tie its hands become complicit in a strategy that will lead to failure.”

“I will not be a party to that,” Barr said, predicting that Congress would vet the request and possibly hand back a document that looks significantly different than what the president requested.

The White House announced recently that Obama is open to negotiating several aspects of the AUMF.

Nick Storm

Nick Storm is the Anchor and Managing Editor of Pure Politics available exclusively on Spectrum News. Pure Politics is the only nightly program dedicated to Kentucky politics. Nick covers all of the political heavyweights and his investigative work brings to light issues that might otherwise go unnoticed, like his coverage of the backlog of DNA rape kits waiting to be tested in Kentucky. Nick is also working on a feature length bio documentary Outlaw Poet: A documentary on Ron Whitehead. Pure Politics airs weeknight at 7 and 11:30 on Spectrum News. Follow Nick on Twitter @NStorm_Politics. Nick can be reached at 502-792-1107 or


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