Obama Backs Sen. Paul’s Move to End Iraq War

White House Has 'No Objections' to Idea

The White House says it endorses the idea of repealing the legal basis for the Iraq War in principle, and Sen. Rand Paul (R – KY) is hoping to give his effort to legally end the Iraq War another shot.

US troops left Iraq years ago, but the Authorization for the Use of Military Force (AUMF), the law that green-lit the invasion, remains on the books, and could theoretically be used by Obama or future presidents to just up and invade Iraq at any time in the future.

White House officials confirmed last week that Obama is in principle supportive of ending the AUMF since he’s not using it, though they also insisted they consider the matter far from a “top priority”at the time.

Even without Obama’s objection, ending the AUMF and ending a war that’s really already over may be far from easy, with a number of Senate hawks still voicing their displeasure at ending the occupation of Iraq.

Author: Jason Ditz

Jason Ditz is senior editor of Antiwar.com.