01/17/2014 03:42 am ET Updated Jan 25, 2014

60 Words And A War Without End: The Untold Story Of The Most Dangerous Sentence In U.S. History

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Written in the frenzied, emotional days after 9/11, the Authorization for the Use of Military Force was intended to give President Bush the ability to retaliate against whoever orchestrated the attacks. But more than 12 years later, this one broadly-phrased sentence remains the primary legal justification for nearly every covert operation around the world. Here’s how that sentence came to be, and what it’s since come to mean.

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