Yep, I said it. I understand that Presidents do not like the War Powers Act, but suck it up, dude. This is the third or fourth on-going war, so step in front of it and take some leadership. Put the Republicans in a difficult position if they want to oppose a conflict while Americans are putting themselves in harm's way. To call this conflict anything other than a war is akin to the German defense minister (the one before the plagiarist) who referred to some folks killed in a crisis scenario ... in Afghanistan.
Publics do seem to prefer it when you take ownership rather than playing with words.