Within 24 hours, President Barack Obama is expected to ask Congressional lawmakers for authorization of use of military force (AUMF) against the self-described Islamic State fighters.
Strategies in the AUMF could disappoint both conservative and progressive lawmakers who diverge on the option of a ground offensive with US troops in Iraq and/or Syria. In recent months, the US military has conducted nearly 1,000 airstrikes against IS in Syria, relying on war powers Congress gave former President George W. Bush after 9/11.
Does a new AUMF signal the president wants more than airstrikes? What would that mean practically speaking? Does the threat posed by IS justify American military intervention?
Brian Katulis, Senior Fellow focusing on U.S. national security policy in the Middle East for the Center for American Progress, a left-leaning think tank in Washington, D.C.
Danielle Pletka, Senior Vice President, Foreign and Defense Policy Studies at the American Enterprise Institute, right-leaning think tank in Washington, D.C.