Tags: America's Forum | Barack Obama | ISIS/Islamic State | Michael Reagan | ISIS | war authorization

Michael Reagan: Obama Sets GOP Up to Take Fall If ISIS War Fails

By    |   Thursday, 12 Feb 2015 01:24 PM

The three-year expiration date President Barack Obama has put on the war powers request submitted to Congress to fight the Islamic State is setting up the Republicans to ultimately take the blame, political commentator Michael Reagan tells Newsmax TV.

"He has the authority or the authorization already because of what was signed, what, back in 2002, to do exactly what he is in fact doing," Reagan told "America's Forum" hosts J.D. Hayworth and Miranda Khan on Thursday.

Story continues below video.

Note: Watch Newsmax TV now on DIRECTV Ch. 349 and DISH Ch. 223
Get Newsmax TV on your cable system – Click Here Now

"What he's trying to do is he's trying to have his own authorization that's watered down so that he can ultimately blame someone else for a failure that he is creating," he said.

"He wants to make the Republicans the fall guy in all of this."

Reagan contends that Obama doesn't really "want to carry out this war," but he's trying to look like he's "doing something" until he leaves office in two years.

One of the problems with Obama's Islamic State (ISIS, or ISIL) war powers proposal is that "you never go into a war situation as a member of Congress and say to the enemy, 'by the way, in three years we'll be gone,'" the conservative commentator said.

"This is a president who doesn't know how to win a war, this is a president who's scared to death of his own military. He doesn't want to have anything to do with the military, and if we give him authorization under what he wants, it is going to be truly the death of the Middle East," he said.

Obama's plan is "purely, purely political," he added.

According to Reagan, "America's really getting tired of fighting wars and not winning wars.

"It's time to go back to winning wars instead of just fighting them."

Winning wars starts by not taking "anything off the table ... and quit playing politics with the lives of American children," he said.

Obama sent his war powers request to Congress Wednesday, which would allow the United States to fight the war against ISIS beyond the Iraq and Syrian borders, which allows troops to be deployed except for in "enduring offensive ground combat operations."

He is asking that Congress approve authorization for use of military force against ISIS for three years. 

John Bellinger, a former legal adviser in the George W. Bush administration to the National Security Council, said that he finds the three-year expiration date problematic.

First, "it sends the wrong signal to ISIL. They can wait it out," Bellinger said.

In addition, "it just sets up a fight three years from now ... These things are so hard to get through Congress at any time that you don't want to go back for multiple bites of the apple," he said.

Obama is facing resistance from Democrats as well as Republicans.
 
Vermont Sen. Patrick Leahy said that he fears an "open ended authorization that becomes legal justification for future actions against unknown enemies in unknown places, at unknown times."

House Speaker John Boehner is concerned about limitations on "the flexibility and authorities [military commanders] need to succeed and protect our people."

"There's going to be great battle in Washington, D.C.," Reagan said.

"[Congress] may succumb to all this. I hope that they don't, because the American people need to understand the president already has this authorization," he said.

"Don't water down the authorization he already has," he added.

© 2017 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

   
1Like our page
2Share
Newsmax-Tv
The three year expiration date President Barack Obama has put on the war powers request submitted to Congress for the war against the Islamic State is setting up the Republicans to ultimately take the blame, political commentator Michael Reagan tells Newsmax.
Michael Reagan, ISIS, war authorization
590
2015-24-12
Thursday, 12 Feb 2015 01:24 PM
Newsmax Inc.
 

Newsmax, Moneynews, Newsmax Health, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, and Newsmax World are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
© Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved