Since October 2001, the US has been fighting the so-called “War on Terror” in Syria, Iraq, Yemen, Libya, Pakistan, Somalia, and Afghanistan. The result has been death, destruction, and more terrorism.
President Trump not only dramatically increased military spending, he also continued President Obama’s policies of bombings, drone strikes, troop deployments, and training and arming rebels in the Middle East. He continued to support Saudi Arabia despite the fact that Congress passed legislation to pull the U.S. out of the Yemen conflict. Despite his promises to end the conflict, President Biden is still providing support for the Saudi-coalition in their war on Yemen.
Destructive US policy in the Greater Middle East and North Africa is not a partisan issue.
Congress Must Repeal the 2001 and 2002 AUMFs
Our wars in the Middle East have been justified by two Congressional resolutions. The first Authorization for the Use of Military Force (AUMF) was passed three days after the attacks of 9/11. That resolution was the basis for the US-led invasion of Afghanistan, the longest war in U.S. history. A second authorization was adopted in October 2002 in order to invade Iraq. The two authorizations have given the U.S. the ability to use force over a wide area for nearly two decades. In December 2016, President Obama declared that the AUMF justified the battle against ISIS in Iraq, Syria, or wherever else it exists. This gave the grounds for the on-going air war in Somalia. President Trump appealed to the AUMF to send more U.S. troops to Syria.
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