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Honore: Obama declares war

4 years 1 month 1 week ago Thursday, September 11 2014 Sep 11, 2014 September 11, 2014 6:12 AM September 11, 2014 in News
Source: WBRZ, Associated Press
By: Zach Correa

BATON ROUGE - Retired General Russel Honore believes President Barack Obama's address to the nation was a declaration of war.

"We are doing the equivalent of... going to war with ISIS," Honore said.

But Honore said this is not the declaration of past days when a nation would officially declare itself at war.

"We don't go to war that way anymore because when we go to war, the nation doesn't go to war," said Honore. "A small part of the volunteer force goes to war. So this is a new way to war in this century."

In a speech to the nation, President Obama vowed to bring an end to the group ISIS. He also promised to send nearly 500 more troops to northern Iraq, where ISIS has taken villages and towns, trying to declare its own state in the Middle East.

Honore stressed that the promise to end ISIS needs funding to back it up.

"The mission is clear," said Honore. "I think the job of Congress now, they have a mission to do, is how we are going to pay for this? Whether we'll have a war tax or this will be a part of future debt."

Despite the issue of funding, Honore believes there's no place to run for ISIS.

"They have no safe haven. There's no safe place for them," said Honore. "So they started this and they used the media to exploit how great they were doing, but little do they know, they just made a big enemy."

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