Friday, June 30, 2017

House Committee Just Voted to Basically End War on Terror and No One Noticed

On Thursday, while most political and media figures were obsessing over Facelift-Gate, the House Appropriations Committee held a vote that could have long-standing repercussions for American foreign policy. In a voice vote that sounded completely one-sided, the Committee elected to repeal the 2001 Authorization of the Use of Military Force (AUMF). In case you’re not familiar with this, it’s the legal basis that Presidents have relied on to conduct the War on Terror.

Under normal circumstances, a President needs approval from Congress to go to war. The AUMF circumvented that by giving the President authority to carry out strikes after September 11. The AUMF has been used for attacks in 14 different countries—including the Iraq war and strikes against ISIS—since it passage on September 14, 2001.

The amendment of the Defense Appropriations Bill that would repeal AUMF was introduced by Rep. Barbara Lee (D-Calif.), the only person who voted against the AUMF in 2001.

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