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Rep. Walter Jones: Mideast Nations Should Commit Troops Before We Do

By    |   Wednesday, 11 February 2015 10:29 AM

Any authorization of military force Congress gives the president needs to include an annual review, North Carolina Rep. Walter Jones said Wednesday on Newsmax TV's "America's Forum."

President Barack Obama on Wednesday sent a request to Congress to formally authorize war on Islamic militants. The proposal would have no geographical restrictions on where U.S. forces could do battle and would limit the authorization for three years.

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Jones opposes the use of U.S. ground troops if Middle Eastern nations don't step up.

"I'm opposed to putting ground troops in Iraq or any other Middle East countries until the Middle East countries starts sending their troops first," Jones told Newsmax TV host J.D. Hayworth. "You and I both know our country's in deep, deep trouble. Yes, I want to fight ISIS. They're evil, barbaric and they need to be eliminated.

"However, how can we continue to borrow money from foreign governments to pay to fight these wars around the world? We need to start paying for this.

"I'm not an advocate of taxes, but I will tell you that our country cannot continue to go down this road or we won't even be able to afford to pay those in the military. We're spending about $300,000 an hour to drop bombs."

Taking out former Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein was a grave miscalculation and the U.S. needs to learn from its mistakes, according to Jones.

"He knew his country better than we know his country," said Jones. "We've got to be careful with our foreign policy. We've got to have an end to whatever our goals are of what we're trying to achieve. We cannot continue to go 10 more years or 20 more years.

"That's why I said I want these other Middle East countries to commit their troops, then let us commit our troops. I'm opposed to anything that would give the president the authority to go in there and commit our ground troops. As far as I'm concerned, they say that the AUMF that he's offering says there should be a three-year [commitment], then a sunset. I want to see a review once a year if we make this commitment."

On the topic of homeland security, the congressman predicted that another temporary funding measure would be passed, which would continue to fund the Department of Homeland Security for 30 to 90 days. The current funding runs out at the end of the month.

DHS funding is tied to immigration reforms put in place by the president's executive order granting de facto amnesty to some 5 million people in the country illegally. The House and Senate appear to be at an impasse to resolve the dispute with the White House.

Jones is dismayed that Republicans are not taking a tougher stance with the president and with Democrats. He favors impeachment for Obama's "unconstitutional act."

"I'm sorry and I don't like the idea of impeaching anyone but, for goodness sakes, when you make those kinds of executive decisions to the detriment of our country ... telling people who came here illegally, you're now legal because I just signed an order," he said.

"I mean, that's why we're in the situation we're in now if we don't follow the Constitution."

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