The Senate on Wednesday voted to repeal the 2002 Authorization for the Use of Military Force (AUMF) that was used for the invasion of Iraq and the 1991 AUMF that was passed for the Gulf War.
The bill passed in a vote of 66-30 and now heads to the House. Repealing the Iraq war AUMFs is largely a symbolic move as the 2001 AUMF passed to invade Afghanistan in the wake of the September 11 attacks is used to justify wars today.
The 2002 Iraq AUMF was most recently cited by the Trump administration in 2020 when it killed Iranian Gen. Qasem Soleimani in a drone strike in Baghdad. But since then, President Biden has cited Article II of the US Constitution to justify airstrikes in Iraq and Syria, claiming they were launched in “self-defense” of US forces illegally occupying Syria.
When arguing in favor of repealing the Iraq AUMFs, Sen. Tim Kaine said President Biden would still be able to use Article II of the Constitution to launch airstrikes. The presence of US forces in Iraq and Syria is justified by the 2001 AUMF and won’t be affected by the repeal. The 2001 AUMF is also used for the war in Somalia and other US operations across Africa.
Last week, Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) offered an amendment to repeal the 2001 AUMF, but it didn’t come close to passing, failing in a vote of 9-86. In a statement after his bill failed, Paul said the Senate “should have risen above symbolism and repealed the 9/11 authorization for war and shown our respect for the Constitution, our fealty to the rule of law, and our sincere desire that peace, not perpetual war, be our legacy.”
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This is why a Truth Commission for 9/11 is so important. You can’t even go to the supposed guardians of the Constitution, the Supreme Court.
The American experiment has failed. Putting trust in the Supreme Court should be largely ignored to dull the pain.
Better said, the Enlightenment “experiment” has failed. The American system was never ought but a mere lawyers sophist-icated swindle on behalf of their client, the big bourgeoisie.
any 9/11 truth commission today would be a limited hang-out at best and only serve to further the official fairytale. 9/11 is like the impossible moon landings =
that ship has sailed.
9/11 is the “Boston Massacre”/ “Fort Sumter”/”Remember the Maine”/”Lusitania”/”Pearl Harbor”/”Tonkin Gulf” …. the “Reichstag Fire”, explicitly countenanced in preceding institutional neocon lit attempted first in ’93, and successfully in ’01.
Well said Senator Paul, well said.
Abdication of their responsibility is their biggest sin.
It would be great if the US could have repealed the AUMF already back in 2008 but then like it was only Nixon who could do a deal with communist China it is maybe only a republican president who can repeal the AUMF – and survive the next election.
Why would there be any no votes? Did these 30 republicans think their constituency is so rabidly pro war that they would lose votes even though all the wars will go on unabated? A perfect chance for a phony anti-war vote and they pass it up? I mean, they could have done a Tim Kaine:
“When arguing in favor of repealing the Iraq AUMFs, Sen. Tim Kaine said President Biden would still be able to use Article II of the Constitution to launch airstrikes.”
What a fucking tool.
so there was more than 1 AUMF
isn’t that convenient that at least 1 is still in effect
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