House Armed Services Committee Chairman Buck McKeon (R-Calif.) is warning the Obama administration that any authorization of force against Islamic militants that restricts the use of U.S. ground troops will be “dead on arrival” in Congress.
“I will not support sending our military into harm’s way with their arms tied behind their backs,” said McKeon at a committee hearing Thursday.
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey testified at the hearing on the administration’s strategy against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS).
The hearing comes with President Obama sending 1,500 more troops to Iraq, doubling the U.S. presence to more than 3,000.
The new deployment has renewed debate over the administration’s strategy. The president has said that U.S. forces will not be in combat, but some military leaders and lawmakers say troops will be needed to coordinate the fight.