Just hours after the White House sent a draft Authorization for the Use of Military Force against the Islamic State to Congress on Wednesday, Ted Cruz weighed in.
Speaking at the Center for Security Policy's "Defeat Jihad" Summit in Washington, the senator from Texas and all-but-announced presidential contender said he thinks an AUMF is a good thing.
"I hope it will force this administration to clearly articulate their objectives and their specific plan to accomplish that objective," he said. "That the process of going to Congress and seeking authorization leads to the natural question: authorization to do what? What do you intend to do and how do you intend to do it?"
That's been a standard line for the GOP since last August's controversial White House press conference, in which President Obama admitted his administration did not yet have a strategy to defeat the Islamic State in Syria. To authorize any kind of force, Republicans maintain, Congress needs to know more about a plan to defeat the terrorist organization.
In dealing with the Islamic State, Cruz said, the administration has not shown a "seriousness of purpose." And in what has become a favored talking point, he called out Obama's failure to use the term "radical Islamic terrorism," connecting it to success against the terrorist organization.