WASHINGTON (BP) — Today, President Barack Obama asked Congress to authorize the use of the American military to defeat an Islamic terrorist army that has waged a widespread campaign of carnage in Iraq and Syria. After airstrikes began in August, Southern Baptists’ lead ethicist said the United States could not demonstrate “moral indifference” to the slaughter by ISIS. “This is both a humanitarian catastrophe and a national security emergency, and nearly everyone agrees that America bears a special responsibility” because of the war in Iraq, said Russell Moore, president of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, at the time. Wisdom is needed, he said, “to know when to start, and when to stop,” against ISIS. Obama said the proposal “would not authorize long-term, large-scale ground combat operations” like those in Iraq and Afghanistan. His proposal would empower U.S. ground efforts in “more limited circumstances,” such as rescue operations, the use of special operations forces against ISIS leaders and the collection of intelligence.
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