I recently wrote about the US House attempt to end the free hand the president has to start war but repealing the AUMF,,,,for those that failed to read my post…..
AUMF–The Long Good-bye
As predicted the Senate has rejected the idea of ending the free hand for the president….
On March 29, the Senate voted to repeal two Authorizations for the Use of Military Force, (AUMF’s), one passed in 1991 and another in 2002. The repeal now goes to the House. But those Authorizations are irrelevant to the present; they apply only to the Iraq war. But a third AUMF, passed in 2001, was left untouched. And that AUMF is the only one that has a bearing on the present moment, because it provides legal cover for the many US military operations, open and secret, around the world.
The AUMF of 2001, the one untouched by the Senate, is an entirely different matter. Its content and use are explained in a nutshell here:
“The authorization granted the President the authority to use all “necessary and appropriate force” against those whom he determined “planned, authorized, committed or aided” the September 11 attacks, or who harbored said persons or groups…. Since 2001, U.S. Presidents have interpreted their authority under the AUMF to extend beyond al Qaeda and the Taliban in Afghanistan to apply to numerous other groups as well as other geographic locales. ….Today, the full list of actors the US military is fighting or believes itself authorized to fight under the 2001 AUMF is classified and therefore a secret unknown to the American public.
“The AUMF has also been cited by a wide variety of US officials as justification for continuing US military actions all over the world. (Emphasis, jw)…. According to a report by the Congressional Research Service, published May 11, 2016, at that time the 2001 AUMF had been cited 37 times in connection with actions in 14 countries and on the high seas. The report stated that ‘Of the 37 occurrences, 18 were made during the Bush Administration, and 19 have been made during the Obama Administration.’ The countries that were mentioned in the report included Afghanistan, Cuba (Guantanamo Bay), Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Georgia, Iraq, Kenya, Libya, the Philippines, Somalia, Syria and Yemen.”
Every year the War Department keeps getting more and more and our country gets less and less.
So all you cheerleaders for some sort of war have nothing to fear….we will continue to do what we do best….go to war.
I Read, I Write, You Know
“lego ergo scribo”
7 thoughts on “This Should Keep Warmongers In Business.”
Will the US ever run out of money for war? At some stage, it has to start providing proper health and social care for its people, surely?
Okay, maybe not.
Best wishes, Pete.
Pete as long as cash is the governing tool the biggest bucket ins the debate. Hint: the people have no bucket chuq
If you don’t keep the insect sprayer charged up you will eventually be overrun by vermin of one kind or another.
Apparently we cannot find the proper insecticide. chuq
We don’t need war to keep us safe, we need stricter immigration laws, like the rest of the world.
Immigrants have not impacted my life….war has…..chuq
Good for you!