As expected, President Barack Obama is seeking approval of the Congress in order to broaden the operations against Sunni militants and he receives support by top Republican leaders, although party members are questioning whether or not the plan is forceful enough.
In a televised national address, Obama said he is going to lead an alliance in order to destroy the Islamic State, with military operations that will be held in both Syria and Iraq.
According to the White House, the president does not need formal authorization by the Congress but there is a wish that legislators support a united front aimed to eradicate the militants.
John Boehner, House Speaker, declared that President Obama made a “compelling case” but that more details have to be offered to Republicans about the strategy used.
The Republican leaders that support the President’s plans need to unite various factions present in the party. Some members are skeptical about the spending plans of the President and others want the US to no longer be involved in foreign military campaigns. The Ohio representative declared:
“An F-16 is not a strategy. And air strikes alone will not accomplish what we’re trying to accomplish. The president’s made clear that he doesn’t want boots on the ground, well somebody’s boots have to be on the ground.”
President Obama requested for $500 million in order to train and arm the moderate Syrian rebels. The House vote will take place around Tuesday to approve or disapprove the request.
John Kerry, US Secretary Of State, managed to gain support from ten Arab countries in order to build a coordinated military campaign against militants.
Bob Corker, Republican Tennessee Senator, said:
“Our allies would feel much more secure and committed…if they knew that Congress was behind this.”
Not all democrats support arming Syrian rebels. Senator Chris Murphy said that he will vote against such a bill or against a spending bill that has this measure attached.
Although the vicious murders of the 2 US journalists by the Islamic State militants brought forth support for action coming from both parties, it is not yet known what Congress support will be offered. However, the White House does not need support in order to start military actions.