In the wake of escalating conflict in Israel and Palestine, House Foreign Affairs Committee Chair Michael McCaul (TX-10) has begun drafting a new Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF) against Iran-backed groups.
On closer inspection, it becomes clear that the Biden administration’s approach to counterterrorism is not a shift away from a militarized response at all, but an outsourcing of it. Instead, the Biden administration should take bold, active steps to end the War on Terror. To do so, it should start by working with Congress to repeal outdated AUMFs, move our nation off a war footing, and pursue sustainable peace at home and abroad.
A bipartisan group of representatives sent a letter to House Speaker Kevin McCarthy calling on him to fulfill his promise to bring a bill to repeal the 2002 AUMF Against Iraq to the House floor.
There is no need to link the 2002 Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Iraq with broader war powers reform efforts.
Analyzing Previously Undisclosed Use of Force Reports: Challenges of Congressional Oversight of the War on Terror
As the House of Representatives prepares to embark on renewed efforts to repeal and replace outdated war authorizations, it will need to grapple with a fundamental question: who decides against whom the country goes to war.
Last week, the House passed its version of the annual defense policy bill known as the National Defense Authorization Act or NDAA. Unfortunately, an amendment to repeal the 2002 Authorization for the Use of Military Force Against Iraq (2002 Iraq AUMF) was not included. However, we are not discouraged. There remain multiple paths to repeal.
It has been 20 years since “mission accomplished” was declared, nearly 12 years since the formal end of the Iraq War, and four years since the expulsion of ISIS from the territory it once controlled in Iraq. We have had ample time to reflect on the painful lessons of the Iraq War. It’s time to truly bring it to an end.
As a Quaker organization, FCNL opposes all war. As a matter of public policy, we believe Congress must debate and vote before the president commits our military to lethal action and should regularly evaluate and vote on whether to continue ongoing U.S. wars.
A diverse group of organizations applauded today’s overwhelming bipartisan Senate vote to repeal the 1991 and 2002 AUMFs and formally end the Gulf and Iraq wars.
Today marks the 20th anniversary of the Iraq War. As we reflect on this anniversary, we also have an opportunity to look back to 2003 and reflect on what proponents of the war were saying, how FCNL responded, and how these predictions have borne out two decades on.
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