Endless War Continues as Senate Kills Effort to Repeal 2001 Authorization

Endless War Continues as Senate Kills Effort to Repeal 2001 Authorization

Endless War Continues as Senate Kills Effort to Repeal 2001 Authorization

The annual bill, which still currently carries the controversial war powers resolutions, was cleared for consideration Monday by Congress and now some major amendments, including Paul's, are set to be heard.

Paul introduced his amendment to the 2018 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA).

If Paul drops his objections to other amendments - and no other senators raise their own - there are a number of other contentious issues that might get votes on the defense policy bill, although there are hundreds of amendments that have been offered.

California Representative Barbara Lee, the only opponent to the 2001 Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Terrorists, has also long called for a change to the current war powers regime, according to The Atlantic.

"For the first time in 16 years, I'm advocating we should vote on whether or not we should be at war", Paul said. This vote will be to sunset, in 6 months, the 2001 and 2002 authorizations for the use of military force.

Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Va., announced on Tuesday that despite his initial concerns, he would support Paul's effort to force an AUMF debate in Congress over the next six months.

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Paul managed to gather support from Democrats. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) argued that supporting an all-volunteer military meant keeping the old AUMF in place to prove Congress' support for all those wars.

"I'm inclined to support it, because I think it will encourage the foreign relations committee to really grapple the Flake-Kaine AUMF", Kaine told CNN.

The authorization, which was passed in the immediate aftermath of the 9/11 attacks, is the legal justification for many US military engagements overseas, as part of what has been called the "global war on terror".

"Sen. Paul's amendment gives us that opportunity by saying the '01 and '02 authorizations need to end", Cardin said.

Despite the failure, Win Without War director Stephen Miles argues that the vote "shows that momentum is building to cancel the president's blank check for endless war", adding that "it's clear that our representatives in Congress are beginning to recognize that after almost two decades, the conflicts we are now fighting have a tenuous connection to the laws that are used to authorize them". After defeating Hussein's military, USA forces were immediately faced with a jihadist insurgency led in part by Al-Qaeda in Iraq, which ultimately evolved into ISIS and spread into neighboring Syria, where US troops have also been deployed.

"I think it is way past time, way past time, for Congress to take this up and for everybody to be on the record", he said. Paul's actual amendment. Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), were said to be concerned that new, specific AUMFs would limit to scope of America's wars, whereas the status quo is an AUMF that isn't directly applicable, and subsequently includes no direct limits that anyone is complying with.

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