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Authorization for Use of Military Force

We Must Deny Fear Its Victory

Jim Wallis | Posted 09.16.2016 | Politics
Jim Wallis

On the morning of Sept. 11, 2001, I was at home in Washington, D.C., and listening to the news on NPR when I heard the first confusing report of a plane crashing into the World Trade Center's North Tower.

Watch Barbara Lee Predict 15 Years Ago That Congress Was OK'ing Endless War

The Huffington Post | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 09.14.2016 | Politics

WASHINGTON ― It’s been 15 years since Congress gave the president the authority to take military action against any country or person connected to...

U.S. Targeted Killing Rules Conflate Legality and Politics

Marjorie Cohn | Posted 08.17.2016 | Politics
Marjorie Cohn

In January 2013, President Barack Obama promised to make the rules for the United States’ targeted killing program “more transparent to the Americ...

Tom Cotton: America Can Shoot Russian Planes, Because Al Qaeda

The Huffington Post | Michael McAuliff | Posted 07.21.2016 | Politics

CLEVELAND ― The United States has the authority to shoot down Russian fighter jets because Congress voted 15 years ago to authorize a war against al...

A 10-Minute Debate on War

Robert Koehler | Posted 05.26.2016 | Politics
Robert Koehler

"Look, nuclear should be off the table. But would there be a time when it could be used? Possibly, possibly . . ." This is -- who else? -- Donald Tru...

Congress Is OK With Unrestrained War Powers For Donald Trump

The Huffington Post | Michael McAuliff | Posted 05.14.2016 | Politics

WASHINGTON — Republicans in Congress may be struggling to wrap their arms around Donald Trump, but one thing most of them don't seem concerned about...

Hillary a Superhawk? Maybe Less Than Some Think

Andy Schmookler | Posted 05.03.2016 | Politics
Andy Schmookler

It is not my intention, for example, to pass any overall judgment of Hillary's hawkishness. That would require more detailed knowledge than I possess. But I do have a couple of observations to offer that, in my view, should lessen the weight of evidence for this characterization of Hillary as a superhawk.

Sorry President Obama, Congress Won't Help You This Year on Foreign Policy

Daniel R. DePetris | Posted 01.13.2016 | Politics
Daniel R. DePetris

To Democrats, President Barack Obama's final State of the Union address in front of a national audience was quintessential Obama. But to Republicans, Obama's speech was the "same old, same old."

Lindsey Graham Backs Obama's Call For War Powers Against ISIS

The Huffington Post | Michael McAuliff | Posted 11.18.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The push for Congress to assert its constitutional powers for war got a hawkish backer on Wednesday, as Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) pro...

Jennifer Bendery

House Debates War Authorization For 2 Hours -- Then Votes Against Dealing With It | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 06.17.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Lawmakers determined to have a war authorization debate chalked up a win on Wednesday: they forced the House of Representatives to spend...

Jennifer Bendery

House Rejects Democrats' Efforts To Authorize War Against Islamic State | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 06.12.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Democrats forced the House to take votes Thursday on authorizing the war against the Islamic State group, making it the first time the H...

Jennifer Bendery

At Last, Senators Give Bipartisan Push To War Authorization Debate | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 06.09.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Congress has demonstrated for months that it has no appetite for taking a tough vote on authorizing the war against the Islamic State gr...

Jennifer Bendery

House Committee Votes To Remind Congress Its Job Is To Authorize Wars | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 06.03.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Ten months into the U.S.-led war against the Islamic State, Congress still has neither debated it nor voted to authorize it. But on T...

Jennifer Bendery

GOP Calls For 'Honoring' Troops By Funding A War Congress Won't Vote On | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 05.23.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- It's Memorial Day weekend, and congressional Republicans are using their weekly video address to the nation to call for "honoring our co...

Jennifer Bendery

House Votes To Keep Funding A War It Hasn't Debated, Authorized Or Even Voted On | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 05.15.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The House passed legislation Friday that clears the path for spending tens of billions of dollars on overseas wars, including the one ag...

Jessica Schulberg

Ash Carter Warns Congress Against Repealing 2001 War Authorization | Jessica Schulberg | Posted 03.11.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Testifying before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Wednesday morning, Defense Secretary Ash Carter offered support for a three-...

Congress Should Deny President Obama Authority for Perpetual War

Doug Bandow | Posted 05.03.2015 | Politics
Doug Bandow

The Islamic State is evil. But that's no reason for America to go to war again in the Middle East. Or for Congress to approve years more of conflict.

Jessica Schulberg

Legal Experts Tell Congress Obama's New War Authorization Fails To Limit Power | Jessica Schulberg | Posted 02.26.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- National security law experts, testifying before the House Armed Services Committee on Thursday, faulted President Barack Obama’s prop...

The 2015 Authorization of Military Force (AUMF) and America's Military Kings

Heather Gautney | Posted 04.27.2015 | Politics
Heather Gautney

In the weeks to come, Americans will bear witness to congressional hearings and debates over presidential war powers. And despite the lack of proof that ISIS poses a direct threat to the homeland, we'll hear a lot of talk about emergent dangers and military necessity.

Obama to Congress: Rubber-Stamp My Perpetual War

Marjorie Cohn | Posted 04.20.2015 | Politics
Marjorie Cohn

We need to stop using military force as a solution to everything -- indeed, it is a solution to nothing. We must push for the repeal of the 2001 AUMF and prevent the passage of a new AUMF. We cannot rely on Congress or the president to reverse the course of rampant U.S. militarism. It is up to us to make our voices heard.

Jennifer Bendery

Obama Wanted To Stop Endless Wars. He'll Leave Office Waging One. | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 02.13.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama made waves this week by sending a proposed Authorization for Use of Military Force to Congress for its considerat...

Authorization to Use Military Force Against ISIS Is Too Broad

Jon Soltz | Posted 04.14.2015 | Politics
Jon Soltz

The limits under Obama's proposed authorization are an important distinction, which we hope will carry on through future administrations. However, on maybe the most important limit -- the limit on types of operations our ground troops can be committed to -- the language is too broad, and leaves too much room for drawn-out combat missions.

Jennifer Bendery

Obama Sends Congress Draft War Authorization | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 02.12.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama on Wednesday formally asked Congress for new war authority to fight Islamic State militants. Obama's request c...

Jennifer Bendery

Obama To Ask Congress For New War Authorization With Limited Ground Troops | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 02.11.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama is expected to ask Congress as soon as Wednesday for new authority to fight Islamic State militants, including th...

Jennifer Bendery

Bob Corker Ready To Give Another Push To ISIS War Authorization | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 01.08.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- It's been five months since the U.S. began bombing Iraq and Syria in the war against the Islamic State, or ISIS. It's also been five ...