Washington DC—Congressman Duncan Hunter will introduce legislation today to provide the President with a use of force authorization directed at the terrorists and organizations responsible for the attack in Benghazi that resulted in four dead Americans. In a letter to Hunter, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff confirmed that authority does not exist to target or strike the Benghazi perpetrators should such action be determined necessary by the Commander-in-Chief.
“As important as it is to gain absolute clarity on the Benghazi attacks through ongoing oversight, it is no less important for the President, as Commander-in-Chief, to possess the necessary authority to strike targets directly linked to the attacks,” said Rep. Hunter, a member of the House Armed Services Committee and veteran of Iraq and Afghanistan. “Having the authority is by no means a requirement to use it. But with four dead Americans, the President must not be restricted from holding individuals and organizations responsible. And if the President believes this authority is unnecessary, then he has an obligation to come forward and explain why the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff is wrong or why he would avoid action in the event of an opportunity.”
Congressman Hunter wrote to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs in February. A response was provided stating that use of force authority does not currently exist.