For more than one year, said Obama, he has ordered the military to launch airstrikes against ISIS targets. He added that he thinks it is now time for the Congress to vote to demonstrate they the people are united as well as committed to the fight.
However, minutes earlier, the public saw why that would never happen. Basically, no one is paying any attention to the debate of needing new authorization for military force.
Opinions are that the president does not need to ask for Congress to authorize the use of force, he just needs to take action.
Obama has directed strikes against the terrorist group in Syria and Iraq since August of 2014, without any new authorization from Congress.
It is necessary per the Constitution for Congress to declare war, but Obama says an AUMF from the 9/11 that never expired gives him authority to make the decision unilaterally.
Lawmakers have argued for a number of months that he stretched the war authorization to its maximum, so Obama sent lawmakers an ISIS-specific AUMF last February saying he would welcome a vote on it even though in his opinion he did not need one.
Many are not willing to have their fingerprints on a vote related to war and figure if Obama believes he has authority to take action without them, and then leave the responsibility in his hands.
The inaction by Congress leaves the United States in a war that is open-ended without a debate on the duration, scope or even use of troops on the ground.
It also gives Congress a pass in voting on the authorizing of the war they are quickly to critique.
To date over 8,573 airstrikes have been led by the U.S. with over $5.2 billion spend and over 3,550 military personnel working overseas.
Only last week Obama made the announcement he was deploying additional special forces into Syria and Iraq to help local militia and troops carry out raids.