WASHINGTON — House Speaker John Boehner on Tuesday urged President Barack Obama to start from scratch on a measure to legally authorize the Islamic State conflict, declaring “we don’t have a strategy.”
The White House in February submitted to Congress a draft authorization of the use of military force (AUMF), but members of both parties rejected it, leading many on Capitol Hill to wonder whether it has stalled. The speaker drove yet another nail into the White House draft’s coffin Tuesday.
“The president’s request for an authorization of the use of military force calls for less authority than he has today. I just think, given the fight that we’re in, it’s irresponsible,” Boehner told reporters. “This is why the president, frankly, should withdraw the authorization of use of military force and start over.”
Echoing other prominent GOP lawmakers like Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman John McCain, R-Ariz., Boehner was critical of the president’s approach for taking on the violent Sunni group.