House Foreign Affairs Committee Chair Rep. Michael McCaul (R-TX) is pushing for authorization that would allow the use of U.S. military force in the war in the Middle East. This is not news the American public is taking lightly.
🚨Scoop from Defense News: "House drafts bill to strike Iran proxies amid Israel-Hamas war"
House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Mike McCaul is drafting an Authorization to Use Military Force (AUMF) against Iranian proxies like Hezbollah & Hamas.https://t.co/m80zwn7R8N
— Colby Badhwar 🇨🇦🇬🇧 (@ColbyBadhwar) October 18, 2023
McCaul says his committee is starting the process to authorize military force in the Middle East should things continue to play out in a way that necessitates U.S. involvement. He also said the use of such military force is going to require broad support from the public. But America is asking for checks and balances, and wondering who gets to make that decision.
McCaul has said, “I’m currently preparing a draft of that in the event it is called upon and is necessary, but most importantly is supported by the American people.”
They’ve already decided on war. Now it’s about propaganda to convince the public that American involvement is necessary and morally justified. https://t.co/mW7YhEkThM
— Candace Owens (@RealCandaceO) October 18, 2023
Yep, and Biden started the escalation. For what? Israel doesn't need the US military.
— Chris Carl aka Laughlin007 (@ChrisCa55152352) October 18, 2023
America does not need to get involved.
We do not need to be a 2 war fronts soon to be 3.
We don't need to be the catalyst to WWIII
We don't need to send our military supplies to two war front
We don't need to send American tax dollars to two war fronts.
These are not our…
— MikeRuoho MNGOP Candidate 4 Senator 2026 (@Ruoho4SenateMN) October 18, 2023
McCaul was also clear that he’s preparing for the worst but hoping for the best, noting he hopes he will “Never have to mark this bill up, But we have a situation in the Middle East that’s growing day by day with intensity and if Hezbollah gets involved, Iran has already threatened if Gaza is, you know, if Israel does, you know, if IDF (Israel Defense Forces) goes into Gaza that they’re gonna come out.”
"I hope I never have to mark this bill up."
The Chairman of @HouseForeignGOP @RepMcCaul says he's drafting legislation to authorize the use of U.S. military force should the #Israel–#Hamas war expand, and given threats from #Iran and its proxy #Hezbollah.https://t.co/ORf44hOHsQ
— UANI (@UANI) October 17, 2023
McCaul believes the U.S. needs to be poised to act the moment it is deemed necessary, noting he had already been in touch with the White House about the bill draft. McCaul relayed, “They do not have the authorities to hit Hezbollah or Hamas or any of Iran’s proxies, even the Iran-backed militias in Iraq, for instance. So, this is something we are looking at,” according to The Hill.
Thus far, McCaul has not revealed the names of specific territories that could become targets. He said, “I’d prefer not to put Iran as a nation-state in there. It would be more Iran proxies, you know, like Hamas, Hezbollah, Iran-backed Shia militias, but if Iran gets directly involved, then we would have to put them on the list.”
“The U.S. military has placed roughly 2,000 personnel and a range of units on a heightened state of readiness, ‘which increases DoD’s ability to respond quickly to the evolving security environment in the Middle East,’ said the Department of Defense on Tuesday, according to the Wall Street Journal.
Currently, U.S. troops would be on hand to assist with supply chains for food, fuel, and other materials needed to aid Israel — not for combat. But the American public’s concern is growing that non-combat measures could take a turn that might lead to U.S. involvement in combat.
Big Breaking 🚨🚨
The US will prepare to send an army to Israel in case of war with Iran
The US House of Representatives, led by Michael McCaul, Chair of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, will draft a bill to deploy the US military to Israel should the conflict with Hamas… https://t.co/mM795vKCt3 pic.twitter.com/ZOrkQ5yL2R
— QuickUpdate (@BigBreakingWire) October 17, 2023
The U.S. first deployed the USS Gerald R. Ford carrier strike group to the eastern Mediterranean Sea. Next, the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower carrier strike group was sent to join the Ford. The USS Mesa Verde is also in the Mediterranean Sea.
On Tuesday, the Pentagon said the USS Bataan amphibious ready group would be heading to the Red Sea along with the USS Carter Hall.
When the US initially sent one of their aircraft carriers to the Mediterranean Sea in defense of Israel, it had close to 5,000 servicemen on board, reportedly. Shortly after, they sent another one. So, essentially, the biggest and most lethal war ship that the United States has… pic.twitter.com/Ge2cG2Rjky
— J. C. Okechukwu (@jcokechukwu) October 17, 2023