“The president won’t say that this is a war,” she said, “Yet during the campaign he said we had a “war on women” yet he won’t say there’s a war on ISIS when they’re beheading Americans.”
Byron York attempted to explain to her that the president may have valid legal reasons for his choice of terms, since only Congress is authorized to declare war. He went on to say that the president feels that he has already been authorized to take action against ISIS based on the Authorization for the Use of Military Force (AUMF) passed during the Bush administration, which authorized the use of force in Iraq.
In response, Van Susteren “argued” that he already has that authority under the existing AUMF — completely reiterating what York had just said.
“I think he just looks silly,” Van Susteren concluded, “because I don’t think the American people are that naive. When you start dropping bombs on people that’s a war.”
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