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Rep. Peter King: Obama should ‘put the fear of God in’ ISIS

‘You don’t tell the enemy in advance this is not what you’re going to do. You don’t tell the enemy in advance this is going to expire in three years,’ Rep. Peter King (R-N.Y.) said.J. Scott Applewhite/AP ‘You don’t tell the enemy in advance this is not what you’re going to do. You don’t tell the enemy in advance this is going to expire in three years,’ Rep. Peter King (R-N.Y.) said.

The only way President Obama can defeat ISIS is to “put the fear of God” in them, Rep. Peter King said Sunday, as the New York Republican added his name the growing list of lawmakers bashing the White House’s recent war authorization proposal.

“You don’t tell the enemy in advance this is not what you’re going to do. You don’t tell the enemy in advance this is going to expire in three years,” King said on John Catsimatidis’ Sunday morning radio show, “The Cats Roundtable.”

“I want ISIS to think that we’re going to use a million troops, (that) we’re going to stay there 100 years and (that) we’re going to use every weapon,” he said, adding that he thinks the U.S. will ultimately have to “use some amount of ground troops” to fight the bloodthirsty militant group.

“Put the fear of God in those people, make them think they have to be defending themselves everywhere, that they have to assume every possible contingency. Don’t tell them in advance what you’re going to do and not do,” King said.

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) called Obama’s proposal ‘convoluted.’JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) called Obama’s proposal ‘convoluted.’

Last week, Obama formally asked Congress to authorize war against ISIS with a draft resolution that called for “systemic and sustained campaign of airstrikes,” continued support and training for coalition forces and the possibility of deploying U.S. special forces in the region under very limited circumstances.

The authorization, however, does not call for the deployment of ground troops in Iraq or Syria and places a strict three-year limit on operations, after which the resolution would have to be renewed.

The resolution has prompted a bevy of criticism across both parties, with Democrats feeling that it unwisely escalates military operations and Republicans expressing that it doesn’t give the President enough authority to take on a serious threat to homeland security

JIM LO SCALZO/EPA House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) thinks the authorization request isn’t ‘robust’ enough.

Arizona Republican Sen. John McCain reiterated those concerns Sunday, calling Obama’s request “convoluted.”

“The President hasn’t come forward with a plan or a strategy for us to succeed ,” McCain said on NBC’s “Meet The Press.” “It’s really kind of convoluted. And I’d say maybe call it an uncertain trumpet.”

House Speaker John Boehner added that he felt the plan wasn’t “robust” enough to defeat ISIS and wouldn’t promise that the House would pass it.

OCT. 21, 2013 FILE PHOTOCharles Dharapak/AP White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough has warned against a resolution that would implement another ‘full-scale invasion’ in the Middle East.

“The President is asking for less authority than he has today under previous authorizations. I don’t think that’s smart. We need a robust strategy,” the Ohio Republican said on “Fox News Sunday.” “No one has seen one from this White House yet.”

“In addition to a robust strategy … I think we need to have a robust authorization, and I don’t believe that what the President’s said here gives him the flexibility or the authority to take on this enemy and to win,” Boehner said, adding that it was “too early to predict” whether Congress would rubber-stamp the sought-after approval.

The White House, for its part, doubled down on its proposal, as Denis McDonough, Obama’s chief of staff, stressed that the nation should avoid getting involved in another all-out war.

“We’ve had some who suggest that maybe we ought to go back to the kind of full-scale invasion that we saw in Iraq. We think that’s a mistake,” he said on CBS’ “Face the Nation.” “The President’s outlined a very precise use of our force, supporting Iraq, Iraqi soldiers on the ground so that they can carry this fight on themselves.”

“It’s very important in questions of war and peace for Congress to be heard,” he added. “The President has given them a roadmap to follow. They can take that or they can come up with something else. But they should not take a pass on this important issue.”

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