Rand Paul calls for declaration of war against Islamic State: NYT
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[November 25, 2014]
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Senator
Rand Paul, a possible Republican candidate for president in 2016, is
calling for a formal declaration of war against Islamic State militants
who control parts of Iraq and Syria, the New York Times reported on
In an interview on Saturday, Paul said his proposal would limit
the duration of military action to one year and significantly
restrict the use of ground forces, the Times said.
His proposal differs from others circulating in Washington in that
he wants to formally declare war against Islamic State, which
Congress has not done since World War Two, the newspaper said.
Some members of the U.S. Congress have said U.S. President Barack
Obama is waging war against the Islamist militant group without
proper congressional oversight.
The administration has said Obama has the legal authority to conduct
the current fight against Islamic State. The campaign involves air
strikes in Iraq and Syria, training and equipping so-called moderate
rebels in Syria, and hundreds of U.S. military advisers helping
Iraqi and Kurdish troops against the militants.
Paul said Congress had ceded too much authority to Obama because it
had not developed its own policy, the Times said.
"War cannot be initiated without Congress," Paul told the Times.
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"Conservatives are mad at him about immigration. And they're mad
about him using executive authority on Obamacare," he said. "But
this is another example where he doesn't have much respect for
Congress, and some conservatives don't quite get that."
(Editing by Jim Loney and Susan Heavey)
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