VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) – A Virginia Beach man has sued President Barack Obama for overstepping his bounds with U.S. military forces in the Middle East.
William Kearon filed the complaint Sept. 29 in U.S. District Court in Norfolk on the grounds that the president violated the constitution by ordering military forces to attack the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria Sept. 22 without the authorization of Congress.
Kearon alleges the president didn’t get the proper approval from Congress, which he said is required by Article I, Section 8 of the constitution.
Article I and Section 8 states: “The Congress shall have power to declare war, grant letters of marque and reprisal, and make rules concerning captures on land and water.”
Kearon is asking for the court to rule that Congress should have the exclusive power to authorize offensive attacks by the U.S. military.
When Franklin D. Roosevelt declared war on Japan in 1941 after the Pear Harbor attacks, it marked the last time the U.S. was officially at war. Korea, Vietnam, the Persian Gulf, Afghanistan Iraq and the conflicts in between technically have been called “Extended Military Engagements.”
President Obama has said his plan is to “degrade and eventually destroy” ISIS.
“As your commander-in-chief, I will not commit you and the rest of our Armed Forces to fighting another ground war in Iraq,” he told military personnel in September. “After a decade of massive ground deployments, it is more effective to use our unique capabilities in support of partners on the ground so they can secure their own countries’ futures. And that’s the only solution that will succeed over the long term.”