At Wednesday's White House press briefing, press secretary Josh Earnest said the authorization for the use of military force (AUMF) President Obama is asking for is "intentionally" fuzzy to give him "flexibility."
JIM ACOSTA, CNN: But operations would be authorized for rescue missions, taking out ISIS leaders, calling in air strikes and intelligence. How is that not mission creep?
JOSH EARNEST, WHITE HOUSE: Well because Jim the president has been clear about this I think from the very beginning. That this kind of large-scale long-term commitment of U.S. ground troops is not a successful strategy.
ACOSTA: But short of a large-scale long-term operation you can expand the operation under this operation?
EARNEST: What we have --
ACOSTA: The language is fuzzy, is it not?
EARNEST: Intentionally so. And the intent is --
ACOSTA: Intentionally so?
ACOSTA: It's intentionally fuzzy?
EARNEST: Yes, Jim, because we believe it's important that there aren't overly burdensome constraints that are placed on the commander-in-chief who needs the flexibility to be able to respond to contingencies that emerge in a chaotic military conflict like this.