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……
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….
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.
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.