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Pres. Obama to Request Congressional Approval of Military Force Against ISIS

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OCEAN VIEW, Del. -- The White House is expected to ask for congressional authorization for the use of military force against Islamic State militants in the Middle East.

The Eastern Shore's U.S. Representative Andy Harris told WBOC specific language is needed for any congressional approval of legitimate military action.

"He's going to have to lay out what his plans are to Congress," said Rep. Harris.

"He hasn't yet, but when he comes to Congress, I'm going to take a look and see if that has a reasonable chance of doing what we need to do -- which is defeat ISIS once and for all," said the Congressman.

So far, President Obama's order of military air strikes have been the primary avenue of attack against the Islamic State.

But Republicans, who now control the Senate as well as the House, don't believe Obama's strategy nor his defense budget to combat ISIS are enough.

Maryland's U.S. Senator Ben Cardin says leadership is what the U.S. will provide -- not boots on the ground.

"It's going to be the people from that region who will provide the ground support necessary to root out ISIS and to destroy it, we hope, once and for all," said Sen. Cardin.

Veterans such as Ed Mazewski have been on the front lines in foreign wars. He said boots on the ground might just be the answer.

"I don't think the air strikes are going to do the job," said the Vietnam veteran.

"When you're dropping bombs, you don't know what your hitting for sure. I think if you really want to combat ISIS you're going to have to put troops on the ground."

Another Vietnam veteran and Commander of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Ocean View post, Fulton Loppatto said he hopes the fight against ISIS won't come to another ground war. But Loppatto also said he knows what it's like to fight an elusive enemy as he did once against the Viet Cong.

"It is an enemy that's hard to find and sometimes you need to have people unfortunately on the ground to actually get the intelligence and find the people," said Loppatto.

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