One thing I never hear about as a rationalization for "Police Actions" (Korea, Vietnam), is the effect of treaties and alliances on warfare.
Remember how WW1 started.
It was the result of "secret treaties" where a nation would declare war on one other country, not realizing it was declaring war on that country's allies, of which it was "unaware",
When Pearl Harbor was attacked, the United States was brought into war with Germany because of it's alliance with Japan, which it chose to honor.
If we had declared war on North Korea or North Vietnam, we may have been exposed to inadvertently declaring war on China, or Russia, or both.
Maybe I never hear about this because I'm totally out in left field about it.
Nonetheless, as everybody knows, we've gotten in the habit of letting presidents wage war without declarations of such by congress. We do however have congressional "approvals".
Resident Sotero is seeking such funding for battling ISIS.
Like a guy who doesn't want to fight, yelling to his friends, "Hold me back!".
The terms he's asking for, as you probably know, are such that the funding runs out after he leaves office and restrains him from putting boots on the ground.
Except for Special Forces. Special Forces are allowed. Probably because they wear moccasins or sneakers or such. Or a footwear technically not boots (Special Warfare Footwear?).
If someone is going to ask for war authorization money you would think that first they have to act like we are at war.
And if we were at war then Congress must declare it.
And once that war begins, it must be prosecuted like war, with victory being the end game.
If we were to go to war with Isis, the goal should not be to control the land or to hold the towns and cities.
I keep hearing you need boots on the ground to hold the land.
The goal is to destroy the enemy which is Isis, and then leave.
Just as Hiroshima, Dresden, Nagasaki, I don't care about collateral damage.
Just shattering the enemy's will to harm us.
We have an opportunity with Isis accumulating in one place a target rich environment in which to destroy those who wish to destroy us and our allies.
This was part of the rationale for fighting them over there instead of over here, multiplied.
Elections have consequences,