Members of Congress have been privately urging US military generals to rebel against President Barack Obama over his foreign policy in the Middle East, says Rep. Doug Lamborn.
The Colorado Republican, a member of the House Armed Services Committee, made the remarks during a liberty group forum on Wednesday night.
“A lot of us are talking to the generals behind the scenes, saying, ‘Hey, if you disagree with the policy that the White House has given you, let’s have a resignation’,” Lamborn said.
“You know, let’s have a public resignation, and state your protest, and go out in a blaze of glory,” Lamborn continued. “And I haven’t seen that very much, in fact I haven’t seen that at all in years.”
The uneasy relationship between the White House and US military has been on full display in recent weeks as President Obama and his top generals continue to clash over the strategy to combat the ISIL terrorist organization.
Obama has authorized airstrikes against ISIL targets in Iraq and Syria, but has repeatedly ruled out American boots on the ground in a combat role.
US military officials have complained privately for weeks that an air campaign alone would not be sufficient to achieve the announced goal of defeating ISIL.
During a Senate hearing last Tuesday, the Pentagon leadership raised the specter of American ground troops directly joining Iraqi forces in combat against ISIL militants.
Army General Martin Dempsey, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told the Senate Armed Services Committee that he might recommend deploying US military forces to Iraq.
In Syria, the United States is seeking to arm and train “vetted” insurgents to capture Syrian territory from ISIL terrorists.
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