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The Biden Administration Must Do More to End Forever Wars

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 To do so, it should start by working with Congress to repeal outdated AUMFs, move our nation off a war footing, and pursue sustainable peace at home and abroad.

Congress Continues the Long Path Toward Repealing the 2002 AUMF

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.

Time to Make “Mission Accomplished” a Reality

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.