Anti-war demonstrators yelling ''we don't want another endless war'' disrupt Secretary of State John Kerry's opening remarks before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) Protesters waving signs reading "there is no military solution" twice disrupted U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry's testimony before congress on Wednesday (March 11). Kerry along with Secretary of State Ash Carter, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Martin Dempsey are seeking Senate approval for President Barack Obama's request for an Authorization of Use of Military Force (AUMF) to fight Islamic State. "We simply cannot allow this collection of murderers and thugs to achieve... their ambition which includes most likely the death or submission of those that oppose them," Kerry said in his opening remarks. Democrats including Senator Robert Menendez, the ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee have expressed concern over what they say is vague language regarding the time frame for military operations. "What I think Democrats are not willing to do is to give this or any other president an open-ended authorization for war, a blank check," Menendez said. Obama's request to authorize military force against Islamic State has made little progress since he sent it to Congress a month ago, and may never pass, due largely to opposition from his fellow Democrats.