Published: Thu, September 14, 2017
World Media | By June Phelps

Endless War Continues as Senate Kills Effort to Repeal 2001 Authorization

Endless War Continues as Senate Kills Effort to Repeal 2001 Authorization

WASHINGTON ― The Senate on Wednesday rejected a proposal to repeal the sweeping authorizations for war passed by Congress in the aftermath of the September 11, 2001, terror attacks.

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". More Dems back "Medicare for All" bill Paul: Cassidy-Graham health care bill not "going anywhere" MORE (R-Ky.) is threatening to block all amendments to the annual defense policy bill if he does not get a vote on his amendment repealing two war authorizations.

Senators have been clamoring for votes on measures to force Congress to decide on a new authorization for use of military force (AUMF) within six months, increase mandatory sanctions against North Korea, and reverse Trump's ban on transgender troops.

The first of the significant amendments to come up for a vote will be a proposal from Sen.

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Paul said that in the long run the legislation binds the United States to multi-generational proxy wars without the capacity to vote on a preferred course of action. "We have fought the longest war in USA history under an original authorization to go after the people who attacked us on 9/11", Paul told senators.

Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) (C) returns to his office after bringing the Senate into session at the Capitol July 31, 2017 in Washington, DC.

No one with an ounce of intellectual honesty believes these authorizations allow current wars we fight in 7 countries. These advocates of perpetual war argue that the Article II powers of the President give unlimited war-making powers to the President.

Lawmakers who supported Paul cited concerns about the constitutionality of having an authorization that is loosely defined and that has extended into its second decade.

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Sen. Tim Kaine, a Virginia Democrat who has joined forces with Arizona Republican Sen. Ben Cardin (D-MD), Chris Murphy (D-CT), and Dick Durban (D-IL).

Trump announced last month a new strategy for the U.S.'s war in Afghanistan, one in which the USA would no longer focus on "nation-building", but simply "killing terrorists".

This vote is far from the end of this debate. "That we don't today have clear authorization from Congress to pursue the military campaign against ISIS".

Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., the leading Republican voice urging a new AUMF, warned of "the very risk associated with repealing such a vital law before we have something to replace it with". 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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