Earlier today, President Obama officially asked Congress — yes, he actually asked them for a change!— to authorize limited ground combat operations against ISIS:
His proposal includes limitations that would bar “enduring offensive ground combat operations” and let the authorization lapse after three years. The letter from Obama says the authorization would not allow “long-term, large-scale ground combat operations like those” conducted in Iraq and Afghanistan.
But the request includes no restrictions on where U.S. forces could pursue the threat. And while the current military campaign centers on coalition airstrikes in Iraq and Syria, the proposal clearly allows U.S. ground troops to engage in limited circumstances.
“The authorization I propose would provide the flexibility to conduct ground combat operations in other, more limited circumstances, such as rescue operations involving U.S. or coalition personnel or the use of special operations forces to take military action against ISIL leadership,” Obama wrote in his letter to Congress. “It would also authorize the use of U.S. forces in situations where ground combat operations are not expected or intended, such as intelligence collection and sharing, missions to enable kinetic strikes, or the provision of operational planning and other forms of advice and assistance to partner forces.”
All this talk about limited operations makes “Red Eye” panelist and former Miss New York USA Joanne Nosuchinsky think of something else: