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Authorization for Use of Military Force

Jessica Schulberg

Legal Experts Tell Congress Obama's New War Authorization Fails To Limit Power

HuffingtonPost.com | 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 02.25.2015 | 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 02.18.2015 | 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.

HuffingtonPost.com | 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 02.12.2015 | 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

HuffingtonPost.com | 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

HuffingtonPost.com | 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

HuffingtonPost.com | 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 ...

Jennifer Bendery

Senate Committee Votes To Authorize War Against ISIS

HuffingtonPost.com | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 12.11.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Senate Foreign Relations Committee voted Thursday to pass new war authorization legislation for the fight against Islamic State mili...

Jennifer Bendery

Chris Coons Readies Bill To Offset Costs Of War Against Islamic State

HuffingtonPost.com | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 12.11.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Ahead of a Senate committee vote to authorize military force against Islamic State militants, Sen. Chris Coons (D-Del.) is readying an a...

Sometimes Congress Needs a Kick in the A*#

Daniel R. DePetris | Posted 02.08.2015 | Politics
Daniel R. DePetris

Even if outgoing Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid does not schedule a floor debate on an AUMF this week, as is likely, at least the Foreign Relations Committee will have gotten the ball rolling by voting and passing a resolution. That's the most Americans can hope for from the 113th Congress.

Jennifer Bendery

Obama, Congress Ready To Leave Washington Without Any Debate On War Authorization

HuffingtonPost.com | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 12.03.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- As lawmakers race to get out of Washington next week for the holidays, they're sending a clear message that the role of Congress in auth...

Obama Open To Limits In War Authorization: Aide

AP | BRADLEY KLAPPER | Posted 01.19.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration is open to limits on the duration of its military efforts in Iraq and Syria and on the potential use of g...

Michael McAuliff

Let's Not Launch War By Accident, Lawmakers Warn

HuffingtonPost.com | Michael McAuliff | Posted 11.18.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Most lawmakers appear content to let President Barack Obama set his own course battling the Islamic State, but a growing number are warn...

Amanda Terkel

Operation ____ : Here's Why The U.S. Hasn't Named Its Latest Bombing Campaign

HuffingtonPost.com | Amanda Terkel | Posted 10.03.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The United States is currently engaged in a "targeted action" against Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria. President Barack Obama ...

John Boehner Wants To Punt War Vote Until Next Year

The Huffington Post | Igor Bobic | Posted 09.25.2014 | Politics

In theory, when the U.S. deploys forces in military conflicts abroad, Congress is expected to debate and subsequently vote on the matter. Not so with ...

Obama Declares Perpetual War

Marjorie Cohn | Posted 11.16.2014 | Politics
Marjorie Cohn

Obama's war violates the UN Charter, a treaty the United States has ratified, making it part of U.S. law under the Supremacy Clause of the U.S. Constitution. Obama's war also violates the War Powers Resolution, which permits the president to introduce U.S. Armed Forces into hostilities or imminent hostilities only in three situations.

A New AUMF: What Is the Obama Administration Afraid of?

Daniel R. DePetris | Posted 11.16.2014 | Politics
Daniel R. DePetris

Either the president needs some new faces in the Office of Legal Counsel, or his team needs to do what many of his allies on Capitol Hill are calling for: Ask Congress to grant new statutory authority for the military campaign against ISIL in both Iraq and Syria. What is the administration afraid of?

Friday Talking Points -- Slouching Off to War

Chris Weigant | Posted 11.12.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Congress needs to vote on this war. They need to vote not just on a budget item to move some money to some rebels, they need to vote on a clear Authorization for Use of Military Force resolution.

Why Obama Should Ask Congress for an ISIS AUMF

Daniel R. DePetris | Posted 11.02.2014 | Politics
Daniel R. DePetris

If the Obama administration finds it necessary to expand U.S. military activity against the IS into Syria, President Obama will quickly face a wave of pressure on Capitol Hill on the need to submit a new Authorization for the Use of Military Force for congressional debate and approval.

Matt Sledge

Obama Tries To Have It Both Ways On 'Perpetual War' Law

HuffingtonPost.com | Matt Sledge | Posted 05.23.2013 | Politics

Echoing the words of critics like Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), President Barack Obama promised Thursday to revise and ultimately repeal a 2001 military for...

Congress Rethinking 9/11 Law

AP | DONNA CASSATA | Posted 05.16.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Congress is rethinking the broad authority it gave the president to wage a war on terror after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks in ...

Iran Leak Reveals Senate Push for Regime Change

Kate Gould | Posted 07.10.2013 | World
Kate Gould

The legislation would not only signal U.S. regime change policy to the Iranian government -- it would also signal to the Iranian people as a whole that the U.S. is determined to pursue regime change by making ordinary Iranians suffer.

Time to Renounce the 'War on Terror'

Norman Solomon | Posted 06.24.2013 | Politics
Norman Solomon

The "war on terror" is now engaged in various forms of military intervention in an estimated two-dozen countries, killing and maiming uncounted civilians while creating new enemies.

Republican Wants To Overhaul Controversial Law On Presidential Power

AP | DONNA CASSATA | Posted 05.20.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON — The top Republican on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee said Wednesday that Congress should overhaul the 2001 authorization fo...