Scarborough on AUMF: ‘The President Doesn’t Have a Strategy,’ ‘Half-assed’

On Thursday’s broadcast of MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” host Joe Scarborough criticized President Barack Obama’s proposal for authorization to use military force against ISIS.

He warned the United States didn’t need to go into war again “half-assed” and that he would vote “no” if he were still in Congress.

“We keep talking at the Powell doctrine, which was before that the Weinberger doctrine that was put together as a reaction to Vietnam,” Scarborough said. “You don’t go in until you know what the trigger event is that will take you up. Why is the objective you have to achieve and mistake that Americans have made time and time and time again is they have gone into war half-assed. And I will say it. They have gone into war half-assed. A little bit here, a little bit there. See what happens. They end up using American men and women as targets for enemies, for suicide bomber, for snipers to blow their brains out. If you are going to war, go to war to win war. If you’re not going to go to war to win war, then keep our men and women home. This right now continues to seem, to me at least, to make more of a halfway approach.

“I would vote ‘no’ right now,” he added. “The president doesn’t have a strategy. You talk to generals who will tell you the president doesn’t have a strategy. You talk to Democratic foreign policy giants, they will tell you the president doesn’t have a strategy. Hold on — this is important. You talk to foreign ambassadors, both friends and foe, they will tell you the president doesn’t have a strategy. I’m not willing to send more Americans to die until the president knows exactly what he wants out of this. Incrementalism, this lead from behind –”

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