WASHINGTON — There is “no way possible” for the White House’s proposed Islamic War authorization measure to lead to a third massive US military ground conflict in the Middle East, Secretary of State John Kerry told senators Tuesday.
Kerry told the Senate Foreign Relations Committee a White House-crafted authorization of the use of military force (AUMF) would authorize “no long-term combat.” He added the Obama administration is not asking “to build up to a new Iraq or Afghanistan.”
“That’s not what we’re doing,” he said.
His comments come two weeks after the White House sent Congress an AUMF that would “not authorize the use of the United States armed forces in enduring offensive ground combat operations.”
But lawmakers from both parties say that the language is too legally murky because, as committee Ranking Member Robert Menendez, D-N.J., put it, “the definition of what that is is problematic.”
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