Obama seeks war powers against ISIS; historian and author offers dire predictions of terrorism at home

02/11/2015 11:42 AM

President Barack Obama is seeking a formal authorization of war to fight Islamic terrorists in a limited three year engagement that prohibits the use of “enduring offensive ground forces.”

The request was delivered to Congressional leaders Wednesday morning, and Kentucky U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell, the Senate Majority Leader, said there are already plans to talk with his caucus on the proposal.

“It was clear from the outset that a successful military campaign to defeat ISIL would require a multi-year effort,” McConnell said on the Senate floor. “So it’s certainly in order for Congress to debate an authorization like this.”

“And because Congress must meet its responsibility to decide whether our military should use force, the Senate will review the President’s request thoughtfully. Individual Senators and committees of jurisdiction will review it carefully, and they’ll listen closely to the advice of military commanders as they consider the best strategy for defeating ISIL.”

McConnell said the Senate GOP caucus would meet on Wednesday to discuss Obama’s Authorization for the Use of Military Force against ISIS and affiliate terrorist networks.

On Tuesday, Pure Politics spoke with William Forstchen, PhD, a New York Times best-selling author, college professor and historian whose latest book indicates America’s vulnerability to attack from ISIS.

In Forstchen’s latest work of fiction ‘Day of Wrath’, which was published in August of 2014, he warns of terrorists attacking “soft targets” such as America’s schools. The book is a harrowing imagining of what is already happened in other parts of the world, and Forstchen says that ISIS has spoken openly about attacking America and we must take the threat seriously.

In an interview with Pure Politics Forstchen pleads for students and local communities to prepare for the worst, even if that means arming teachers.

About Nick Storm

Nick Storm is the Anchor and Managing Editor of Pure Politics, 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 the connection between the high profile Steubenville, Ohio rape and a Kentucky hacker whose push for further investigation could put him in federal prison. Nick is also working on a feature length bio documentary Outlaw Poet: A documentary on Ron Whitehead. Follow Nick on Twitter @NickStorm_cn2. Nick can be reached at 502-792-1107 or nicholas.storm@twcnews.com.

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