President Barack Obama is asking Congress to formally authorize war against Islamic State militants.
The request is limited to three years, with no restriction as to where U.S. forces could pursue the threat.
Obama's proposal bans "enduring offensive combat operations," an ambiguous term intended as compromise between lawmakers who want authority for ground troops and those who don't. In a statement delivered Wednesday, Obama said his request "does not call for the deployment of U.S. ground forces to Iraq or Syria." He said local forces are in the best position to fight a ground war.
Connecticut Senator Chris Murphy is one of those opponents to ground forces.
"We’ve got to be smart about this fight," he said. "A smart strategy recognizes that combat troops, in the end, are just going to become bulletin board material for terrorists to bring even more forces to the fight in the Middle East, and across the globe."