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Rep. Wolf: Congress Has Right to Declare War

By    |   Friday, 05 September 2014 10:45 AM

President Barack Obama needs Congress to be part of the decision-making process about the military fight against ISIS, Rep. Frank Wolf, a Virginia Republican, said Friday on “America’s Forum” on Newsmax TV.

Wolf sounded stunned when host J.D. Hayworth asked him about the Congressional briefing scheduled for today by officials from the Office of the Director of National Intelligence and the National Counterterrorism Center following the beheading of two American journalists.

“There is a briefing today?” he asked. “I didn't know that there was a briefing today. Nobody said that, where did you hear that there's a briefing today?

“There are almost no members of Congress here in town, as you know they're back in their district.”

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Wolf isn’t the only Republican taken aback by news of the briefing.

"I've received no notice of any such briefing," Pennsylvania Rep. Tom Marino, who sits on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, told Newsmax. He said he was “disgusted that this administration refuses to engage with Congress on a critical national-security issue where we could potentially agree.”

New York Rep. Peter King’s spokesman said “the congressman was not informed of the meeting or briefing." King sits on the Intelligence Committee.

Wolf said the country is facing a “direct threat” from ISIS and that it’s imperative that Congress is involved in the response.

“The guy who did the beheadings, who was standing there, was talking to the president of the United States,” Wolf said. “This is a direct threat and al-Shabaab up in Somalia, there are a lot of Americans that are fighting with Al-Shabaab. So for the Congress not to participate, not to be involved would be terrible.

“I'm not a fan of the Obama administration, they have been a disaster, but it's not enough for the Congress to sort of watch what they do and if it works say hey great we support and if it doesn't work, criticize them.”

He reminded Hayworth that the Congress has the “right to declare war.”

“We have to debate this and we have to vote on it,” he said. “Yeah, a lot of people may not want to, but we have a moral obligation, and I think we have a legal obligation.”

Although ISIS has dominated media reports because of its barbaric acts, Wolf said al-Qaida remains a threat.

“Bin laden may be dead, but al-Qaida is not on the run,” he said.

“You have a triple threat happening. You have ISIS, you have al-Qaida, you also have al-Shabaab, who has Americans fighting with them. They were the ones who blew up the mall and did all the attacks in Kenya. You also have the group in Nigeria, Boko Haram.

"These are all connected to a certain degree they're in contact with each other. So yea, al-Qaeda is definitely much a threat today as it was before, maybe even more."

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President Obama needs Congress to be part of the decision-making process about the military fight against ISIS, Rep. Frank Wolf, a Virginia Republican, said Friday on "America's Forum."
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Friday, 05 September 2014 10:45 AM
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