The United States is at war again!

What the White House Means When It Says ‘We’re at War’ with ISIS

The White House finally admitted what was abundantly clear to everyone: The United States is at war again.

The-United-States-is-at-war-again

But in the view of the administration, the “war” against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria that President Obama described in his primetime address on Wednesday night is not a continuation of the conflict in Iraq, which he ended in 2011. It’s actually the next front of the original Global War on Terror that President George W. Bush launched in the days after the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.

“The United States is at war with ISIL in the same way that we are at war with al Qaeda and its affiliates around the world,” White House press secretary Josh Earnest, referring to the acronym the administration uses to describe the Islamic State.

Both the declaration and the distinction are key for a couple of reasons.

For one, the White House effectively overruled the semantic dance that Secretary of State John Kerry engaged in on Thursday, when he refused to say the U.S. was at war – as opposed to merely a “very significant counterterrorism operation” – in an interview on CNN.

What we are doing is engaging in a very significant counterterrorism operation. It’s going to go on for some period of time. If somebody wants to think about it as being a war with ISIL, they can do so, but the fact is it’s a major counterterrorism operation that will have many different moving parts.”

Earnest dispensed with the “counterterrorism operation” line Friday, repeatedly invoking the W-word during his daily press briefing. What he and the president want a war-weary public to understand is that this is a more surgical war than the full-scale invasion of Iraq. Obama has sworn up and down that he won’t send U.S. ground combat troops to the Middle East again, and he has instead compared his strategy against ISIS to counterterrorism efforts in Somalia and Yemen, which the public largely ignored.

See also: 6 Important Stories Silenced by Syria War Drums

But the way Earnest described the conflict also has important legal significance. The White House is arguing that Obama does not need new authorization to use military force from Congress, which under the Constitution has the sole power to declare war. Instead, the administration is citing the original authorization for the use of military force that Congress gave Bush 13 years ago – just a week after 9/11 – to go after al-Qaeda.

A senior administration official cited that document in a background conference call with reporters ahead of Obama’s speech on Wednesday.

We believe that he can rely on the 2001 AUMF as statutory authority for the military airstrike operations he is directing against ISIL, for instance. And we believe that he has the authority to continue these operations beyond 60 days, consistent with the War Powers Resolution, because the operations are authorized by a statute.”

In an indication of how quickly ISIS’s advance snuck up on Obama, the administration had for months been asking Congress to “refine, and ultimately repeal” the 2001 authorization, only to reverse course and cite it as basis for its airstrike campaign in Iraq and potentially Syria.

But the administration’s argument is somewhat dubious, because ISIS is now an entirely separate terrorist entity from al Qaeda, even though it is an offshoot of al- Qaeda’s affiliate in Iraq. It also didn’t exist in 2001.

The White House has argued that’s an insignificant distinction, and Earnest’s explanation on Friday had echoes of the way Bush described his own campaign against the terrorists: They declared war on us.

As Earnest put it:

This is not a situation where it’s the United States against ISIL. ISIL has indicated it is prepared to go to war against the rest of the world.”

Source | TheWire

Find us here

Get news from the CSGLOBE in your inbox each weekday morning

The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the authors/source and do not necessarily reflect the position of CSGLOBE or its staff.

Paid content

Putin has Banned Rothschild and His New World Order Banking Cartel Family from Entering Russian Territory

As of recently, Russian president Vladimir Putin took yet another decision for his country. "Under any circumstances", the Rothschild family is banned from entering Russian territory. Along...

Rothschild Bank Now Under Criminal Investigation After Baron David De Rothschild Indictment

Last year, Baron David de Rothschild was indicted by the French government after he was accused of fraud in a scheme that allegedly embezzled...

14 African Countries Who Still Pay Colonial Tax To France

80% of the 10 countries with the lowest literacy rates in the WORLD among adults are in francophone Africa. Namely: Benin (40%), Burkina Faso (26%),...

What's New Today

Georgia House Votes To Allow Citizens To Abolish Police Departments In The State

The Georgia House backed an effort on Friday to dissolve the Glynn County Police Department and any...

Leaked CDC document contradicts Pence claim that U.S. coronavirus cases ‘have stabilized’

Even as Vice President Mike Pence wrote in a Wall Street Journal op-ed published Tuesday that coronavirus...

Five bombshells about Trump from Bolton ‘s book

Excerpts from former national security adviser John Bolton ’s book about his time in the Trump administration...

Don’t Listen to Fox. Here’s What’s Really Going On in Seattle’s Protest Zone.

It seems I live in a city undergoing a “totalitarian takeover” that will lead to “fascist outcomes”...

MOST READ

Putin has Banned Rothschild and His New World Order Banking Cartel Family from Entering Russian Territory

As of recently, Russian president Vladimir Putin took yet another decision for his country. "Under any circumstances", the Rothschild family is banned from entering Russian territory. Along...

What Is Agenda 21? Depopulation of 95% of the World By 2030

Most people are unaware that one of the greatest threats to their freedom may be a United Nations program which plans to depopulate 95%...

Rothschild Bank Now Under Criminal Investigation After Baron David De Rothschild Indictment

Last year, Baron David de Rothschild was indicted by the French government after he was accused of fraud in a scheme that allegedly embezzled...

Putin has Banned Rothschild and His New World Order Banking Cartel Family from Entering Russian Territory

As of recently, Russian president Vladimir Putin took yet another decision for his country. "Under any circumstances", the Rothschild family is banned from entering Russian territory. Along...

Assange: Clinton resisted FBI, and now they’re out for payback

Hillary Clinton sparked an FBI backlash, which is now surfacing, when she stonewalled the Feds, who were trying to investigate her private server, Julian...

Gangs unite to ‘take out’ cops – Baltimore PD

Gangs join forces to ‘take out’ cops, Baltimore PD alleges Baltimore police said it has credible information that street gangs have joined forces to attack...

French Court Rules It Unconstitutional To Cut Anybody Off From Water!

It is now illegal for companies to shut off residents' water even if they cannot afford to pay their bill. France is on a roll....

Editor In Chief Of World’s Best Known Medical Journal: Half Of All The Literature Is False

In the past few years more professionals have come forward to share a truth that, for many people, proves difficult to swallow. One such authority is Dr....

Mystery sea creature found in Russia Far East

‘Mysterious’ sea creature with furry tail washes ashore in Russia’s Far East The enigmatic remains of a giant marine animal with a furry tail found...

Our brain sabotages all efforts at breaking bad habits, Johns Hopkins study finds

It hardly comes as a surprise that we’re our own worst enemies, but new research appears to conclusively prove that our brain is the...

Costa Rica Wants to Become World’s First Country to Eliminate Single-Use Plastics

Costa Rica wants to become the world's first country to achieve a comprehensive national strategy to eliminate single-use plastics by 2021. The Central American nation intends to replace these wasteful,...