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      by Published on 09-18-2014 07:40 AM

      Amash: What have we learned from the last decade of war?

      Those years should have taught us that when going to war, our government must:

      (1) be careful when defining a military mission,

      (2) speak forthrightly with the American people about the sacrifices they will be called to make,

      (3) plan more than one satisfactory end to the conflict, and

      (4) be humble about what we think we know.

      These lessons should be at the front of our minds when Congress votes today on whether to arm groups in Syria.

      Today’s amendment ostensibly is aimed at destroying ISIS—yet you’d hardly know it from reading the amendment’s text. The world has witnessed with horror the evil of ISIS: the public beheading of innocents, ...
      by Published on 09-17-2014 05:14 PM

      U.S. Representative Massie Votes Against Intervention in Syria

      WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congressman Massie voted against the President's plan to arm and train Syrian rebels. The amendment passed the House, 273-156.

      “It is immoral to use the threat of a government shutdown to pressure Members to vote for involvement in war, much less a civil war on the other side of the globe,” said Rep. Massie. “Because the Syrian resolution is contained within the Continuing Resolution, Representatives and Senators must tacitly approve the President's aggressive intervention in order to vote to fund all government programs.”

      Rep. Massie added, “Also, it is disingenuous for the Administration to tell the American public that we are arming Syrian rebels to fight ISIS when the Administration's stated objective is to topple the secular government of Syria, a government which has not committed aggression against the United States.”

      Congressman Massie also questioned the effectiveness of supporting the rebels.

      “If the goal of arming and training so-called moderate Syrian rebels is to eliminate ISIS, the plan will not work,” said Massie. “Military experts know this, and the President acknowledged as much five weeks ago when he stated that the idea that arming rebels would have made a difference has ‘always been a fantasy.’”

      The amendment to arm and train Syrian rebels was attached to the Continuing Resolution to fund the government (H.J. Res 124), which passed 319-108.

      Rep. Massie’s floor speech in opposition to the amendment can be viewed here.

      by Published on 09-12-2014 07:20 AM


      H.Res. 428 picked up two more cosponsors (Sanford and McGovern) yesterday. There are now 13 cosponsors:

      Rep Broun, Paul C. [GA-10] - 3/13/2014
      Rep Coble, Howard [NC-6] - 9/8/2014
      Rep Duncan, John J., Jr. [TN-2] - 7/31/2014
      Rep Grimm, Michael G. [NY-11] - 1/31/2014
      Rep Hastings, Alcee L. [FL-20] - 2/11/2014
      Rep Lynch, Stephen F. [MA-8] - 12/2/2013
      Rep Massie, Thomas [KY-4] - 2/4/2014
      Rep McGovern, James P. [MA-2] - 9/10/2014
      Rep Rangel, Charles B. [NY-13] - 7/24/2014
      Rep Rohrabacher, Dana [CA-48] - 1/31/2014
      Rep Sanford, Mark [SC-1] - 9/10/2014
      Rep Stockman, Steve [TX-36] - 2/5/2014
      Rep Yoho, Ted S. [FL-3] - 7/10/2014
      by Published on 09-11-2014 10:55 AM

      From the desk of Justin Amash: When our government orders our young men and women into harm's way, our leaders have a duty to define the mission, set a plausible strategy, and explain why the risk of our children's lives and our citizens' resources is justified. President Obama has failed to fulfill those obligations.

      The president boldly claimed, contrary to the Constitution, that he alone can order our Armed Forces into a protracted war. And he left unanswered the basic questions responsible Americans and their representatives must ask before going to war.

      Whom, specifically, will the mission target and what, specifically, is the threat to our homeland?

      For how long do we expect to put our young people's lives at risk? The administration leaked to newspapers Wednesday morning that Americans must prepare for at least a three-year war, long after the president has left office. In his address, the president did not limit his proposed war to even that time frame.

      Who are our partners and what resources will they commit? Will the president stop our military involvement at air strikes regardless of how our allies are faring?

      Which rebel groups does the president intend to arm in Syria and Iraq? How do we know that those weapons won’t be turned against us and our allies?

      When will we have accomplished our objectives? After we've successfully occupied northern Iraq and installed a more functional government? After the United States has done the same in Syria? Does this disregard the lessons we should have learned from the president’s war in Libya or the previous war in Iraq?

      Before risking our young people's lives, the president must analyze the serious actions he proposes our country take. He must engage the public in a frank assessment of the objectives and grave risks. The Constitution and the American people demand it.

      by Published on 09-09-2014 03:25 PM

      Justin Amash: Time for Republicans to stop listening to Dick Cheney

      Former Vice President Dick Cheney met with House Republicans Tuesday morning after returning from their August recess, warning lawmakers about how grave the threat of Islamic State (ISIS) terrorists is.

      But some anti-interventionist Republicans were not thrilled about Cheney’s foreign policy views returning to prominence in the party.

      Rep. Justin Amash, R-MI, fresh off of his victory of a contentious Republican primary, was one of them.

      Asked by the Washington Post’s Robert Costa whether it was time for Republicans to stop listening to Cheney, Amash replied “Yeah … Because Republicans don’t agree with him … they don’t agree with him on foreign policy.”


      “I don’t think two beheadings justifies a war,” Massie continued. “I think that justice is warranted, but I don’t think a war is warranted over two YouTube videos.”

      Massie indicated that ISIS likely created the videos to draw America further into a fight, creating a recruitment opportunity. Air strikes killing innocent civilians, he added, would turn moderate Muslims against America.

      by Published on 09-09-2014 10:00 AM


      Editors note: After the airing of our report, National Security Council spokesperson Caitlin Hayden issued this response:

      "Earlier this summer the White House requested that ODNI review the 28 pages from the joint inquiry for declassification. ODNI is currently coordinating the required interagency review and it is ongoing."
      by Published on 09-06-2014 12:08 PM

      Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) is slated to introduce legislation next week that would revoke the U.S. citizenship of anyone fighting or providing support to terrorist groups working to attack the United States.

      Cruz said he is filing the Expatriate Terrorist Act in reaction to the threat posed by the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS). It would provide another level of protection to prevent foreign fighters from re-entering the United States, he said.

      “Americans who choose to go to Syria or Iraq to fight with vicious ISIS terrorists are party to a terrorist organization committing horrific acts of violence, including beheading innocent American journalists who they have captured,” Cruz said in a statement.

      "There can be no clearer renunciation of their citizenship in the United States, and we need to do everything we can to preempt any attempt on their part to re-enter our country and carry out further attacks on American civilians.”

      by Published on 09-04-2014 09:46 AM


      A BILL

      To authorize the use of military force against international terrorism.

      Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,


      This Act may be cited as the ‘‘Authorization for Use of Military Force against International Terrorism Act’’.


      (a) IN GENERAL.—The President is authorized, with the close consultation, coordination, and cooperation with NATO and regional allies, to use all necessary and appropriate force against those countries, organizations, or persons associated with or supporting terrorist groups, including al Qaeda and its regional affiliates, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, al Shabaab, Boko Haram, and any other emerging regional terrorist groups that share a common violent extremist ideology with such terrorist groups, regional affiliates, or emerging terrorist groups, in order to eliminate all such terrorist groups and prevent any future acts of international terrorism against the United States or its allies by such terrorist groups, countries, organizations, or persons.


      (1) SPECIFIC STATUTORY AUTHORIZATION.—Consistent with section 8(a)(1) of the War Powers Resolution, Congress declares that this section is intended to constitute specific statutory authorization within the meaning of section 5(b) of the War Powers Resolution.

      (2) APPLICABILITY OF OTHER REQUIREMENTS.—Nothing in this Act supercedes any requirement of the War Powers Resolution.

      Rep. Wolf's press release:
      by Published on 09-03-2014 07:04 PM

      Press conference will be on September 9.

      Press release:

      Here's a recent letter from Rep. Howard Coble to a constituent explaining that he has read the classified 28 pages and will cosponsor H.Res. 428:

      Current cosponsors:

      Rep Broun, Paul C. [GA-10] - 3/13/2014
      Rep Duncan, John J., Jr. [TN-2] - 7/31/2014
      Rep Grimm, Michael G. [NY-11] - 1/31/2014
      Rep Hastings, Alcee L. [FL-20] - 2/11/2014
      Rep Jones, Walter B., Jr. [NC-3] (introduced 12/2/2013)
      Rep Lynch, Stephen F. [MA-8] - 12/2/2013
      Rep Massie, Thomas [KY-4] - 2/4/2014
      Rep Rangel, Charles B. [NY-13] - 7/24/2014
      Rep Rohrabacher, Dana [CA-48] - 1/31/2014
      Rep Stockman, Steve [TX-36] - 2/5/2014
      Rep Yoho, Ted S. [FL-3] - 7/10/2014
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