We gave the President of the United States the authority to declare war on anyone anywhere in the world he wishes, so long as he believes said country harbors terrorists. Says so right here in the Authorization for Use of Military Force.
by O Society May 26, 2019
The AUMF itself consists of 60 words:
“That the President is authorized to use all necessary and appropriate force against those nations, organizations, or persons he determines planned, authorized, committed, or aided the terrorist attacks that occurred on September 11, 2001, or harbored such organizations or persons, in order to prevent any future acts of international terrorism against the United States by such nations, organizations or persons.”
The United States is currently at war with 7 different countries, as authorized under the AUMF. Can you name them? Here they are:
Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, Yemen, Somalia, Libya, and Niger
Why does Congress allow Bush, Obama, and now Trump to declare war upon and continuously fight these countries? Surely not because the 9/11 terrorists are hiding there.
The man the US government claims masterminded the 9/11 terrorist attacks is from Saudi Arabia. Osama bin Laden was hiding in Pakistan, which isn’t even on the list.
How do we explain this?
I don’t know. The US certainly isn’t at war with Saudi Arabia or Pakistan, which is what the AUMF was designed to do, go to war with the countries harboring 9/11 terrorists. Says so right in the AUMF…
How come Congress allows the President to just bomb any place he wants to kill people? Just how stupid does our Congress and President believe We the People are?
The Senate approved this AUMF 98-0
The Congress approved this AUMF 420-1
Only Barbara Lee voted against it.
Congress also voted to invade Iraq specifically, though Saddam Hussein and Iraq had nothing to do with 9/11.
The Senate approved Iraq invasion 77-23
Joe Biden and Hillary Clinton are among those voted for it.
The Congress approved Iraq invasion 296-133
Bernie Sanders and Barbara Lee are among those who voted against it.
Why the discrepancy? How come the nearly-unanimous vote to “get Osama bin Laden” yet 23% of the Senate and 31% of Congress didn’t think he was hiding in Iraq?
And why does the AUMF still stand today?
To repeat, Osama bin Laden is dead and he wasn’t hiding in any of the seven countries America is currently blowing up, ostensibly authorized to do so by this AUMF looking for terrorists.
The Invasion of Iraq Was the Single Worst Foreign Policy Decision in American History and yet we still haven’t cleaned up the mess because the President is authorized to invade any country he wants to call “terrorists.”
What am I missing here? I don’t get it.
General Wesley Clark knew 12 years ago: