Barbara Lee Intros Bill to Debate “Endless” U.S. Wars Across the Globe
Congresswoman Barbara Lee (D-CA) this month introduced legislation to repeal the 2001 Authorization for the Use of Military Force (AUMF) and force a debate on several “endless wars” around the world. The legislation would sunset the 2001 AUMF after eight months, giving Congress ample time to debate and vote on a new AUMF. Back in 2001, Lee cast the lone vote against the congressional AUMF after the September 11th terrorist attacks. At that time, she warned the bill could signal the start of “an open-ended war with neither an exit strategy nor a focused target.” In the 17 years since, the U.S. has used the 2001 AUMF to justify wars, bombings, detentions, and troop deployments in more than 20 different countries. The total number of countries surpassed 20 in 2017 when Donald Trump told Congress that he had deployed 100 troops to Lebanon and that military personnel were deployed to Chad and Nigeria to support counterterrorism efforts. “For far too long, Congress has abdicated its constitutional responsibility to debate and vote on matters of war and peace,” said Lee. “It’s time to stop kicking the can down the road. Congress owes it to the American people – and our brave men and women in uniform – to do our job and repeal this blank check for war.” More here.