Congress Hides Under Their Desks
- Both liberal Democrats and so-called "small government" Conservative Republicans are hiding under their desks frightened to death that they might actually have to publicly debate and vote on going to war in Iraq.
- Without a vote of Congress, King Obama has made unconstitutional wars on Libya, Yemen, Somalia, Syria (with the CIA) and now in Iraq.
The US military has launched 138 airstrikes against the Islamic State since the campaign began one month ago, making Iraq one of the hottest theaters in which US forces are engaged against jihadist groups.
The US military expanded its campaign against the Islamic State today, targeting jihadists who are threatening the Haditha Dam in the western province of Anbar, most of which has been under control of the group since January reports the Long War Journal.
The military announced the airstrikes in a press release on the Department of Defense's website.
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Four US airstrikes targeted and "destroyed five ISIL Humvees, one ISIL armed vehicle, an ISIL checkpoint, and also damaged an ISIL bunker."
Kirby said that the US would continue to target Islamic State forces near the Haditha Dam.
"We will continue to conduct operations as needed in support of the Iraqi Security Forces and the Sunni tribes, working with those forces securing Haditha Dam," he said.
Iraqi forces and tribes in Haditha have been battling the Islamic State for control of the area for months. More than 2,000 Iraqi troops, backed by tribal forces loyal to the anti-Islamic State Awakening, have been defending the dam, the largest on the Euphrates River. The Awakening was key to US efforts to secure Anbar and other provinces while US forces were in country.
The Islamic State has controlled the city of Fallujah and the smaller Fallujah Dam, which is downstream, since January. Islamic State fighters had opened the floodgates of the dam earlier this year to impede the movement of Iraqi troops.
Read more: Long War Journal
"The constitution vests the power of declaring war in Congress; therefore no offensive expedition of importance can be undertaken until after they shall have deliberated upon the subject and authorized such a measure."