Walking Our Way To More War

I have been bitching for years about the fact that the US uses military force without proper authorization…..and recently a few brave reps in Congress have offered up their bills to change the way we use military force….these events I have written about recently……

Source: Some Real “Men” In Congress After All – In Saner Thought

I wrote my post when I heard the news of these attempts….but I had not read any of the proposed bills…..like the most recent one, the Flake-Kaine Authorization Bill….

Source: Flake-Kaine AUMF | United States House Of Representatives | United States Senate

After reading the above bull I found myself concerned about the wording.  While I applaud the reps for their effort I am not too sure that anything would change if it is ever signed by this president.  In other words ir sounds like a sugar coated business as usual…..

I decided to do a little research to see if there were any others with similar concerns…..there were……

The 2001 Authorization for Use of Military Force has been used to justify military strikes around the world – dubiously, in the opinion of many legal scholars.

In their place, the new legislation would allow military action against the Taliban, al-Qaida and the Islamic State group, commonly known as ISIS, along with “associated groups,” specifically including Jabhat Fateh al-Sham (formerly the al-Qaida-affiliated Nusra Front), the so-called Khorasan Group, al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula and al-Shabab.

Military action would be allowed in Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, Somalia, Libya and Yemen.

If the president wanted to take military action against additional associated groups or inside countries not specifically named, he would have to notify Congress, which would then have the option of passing a motion of disapproval.

Source: Bipartisan War Authorization Bill Would Make Trump ’21st Century Version of King George III’ | US News

This is an open-ended authorization to attack anyone by simply stating that they are “associated” with AQ or ISIS…..

Again I just do not see this as anything different than what is being done today……the only good thing is there is an expiration date on the AUMF….5 years.

10 thoughts on “Walking Our Way To More War

  1. The president has too much power. We did not learn our lesson even after the disaster of the war in Iraq. Unfortunately our government is so partisan he would seem to have a blank
    check. Our congress has forgotten who elected them and why.

    1. They are worried on how their vote will play back home…..it is all about the money……they could care less about the troops and their plight. chuq

      1. They are so busy circling the wagons, they can think of nothing else. Everytime I see bobble head ( Ryan) standing behind our asshat prez I feel nauseated.

  2. I tend to see this as window dressing. I doubt they will worry about any ratification, if they decide to go into somewhere other than those on the list. Act first, explain later. Or not. That seems to be the way it will go, at least to me.
    Best wishes, Pete.

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