Bipartisan Move To Repeal The Empire's "Authorization For Use Of Military Force"
May 21, 2014 • 10:33AM

A cowered and compliant U.S. Congress rubberstamped the empire's Authorization for Use of Military Force three days after 9/11. George Bush signed it four days after that. A strict reading of the law authorizes the President to use all "necessary and appropriate force" against those he determines "planned, authorized, committed or aided" the September 11, 2001 attacks or who harbored such persons or groups. But the legislation has been used by the Cheneyacs in both the Bush and Obama regimes to extend the empire's deadly global military reach, on the say-so of a unitary executive that treats the U.S. Constitution as an historical relic, and nations as artillery proving grounds. And despite the AUMF's stated purpose, London and Riyadh have yet to be subjected to necessary and appropriate force.

Now, finally, a bill has been introduced into the House (H.R. 4608) that would repeal the AUMF, and restore to Congress its constitutional authority to declare war, if need be. The Authorization Review and Determination Act (WARD Act) was introduced May 8 by California Democrat Barbara Lee, a member of the Congressional Black Caucus.

She and co-sponsor Paul Broun, a Republican from Georgia, co-authored an op-ed in Huffington Post, which concludes:

"This bill would require the president to report to Congress precisely what activities are being conducted pursuant to the AUMF. It would then allow Congress to continue any of those activities it determines necessary before ultimately sunsetting the overly broad AUMF language. The WARD Act does not affect the president's many other war powers, and it re-engages the Constitutional framework through which the President may seek authorization from Congress.

"As the U.S. withdraws from its longest war, it is time to reflect on the world that the AUMF has created. As the House prepares to take up the National Defense Authorization Act, we look forward to having a long overdue opportunity to debate the AUMF and vote for its repeal.

"There usually is not a lot the two of us can agree on -- but we do agree it is not too late to learn from our mistakes and change course for the betterment of our country, our citizens, and the world."

Thomas.gov lists 15 other co-sponsors to the bill, including some of the most senior members of the House: Rep. Amash, Justin [R-MI]; Rep. Conyers, John, Jr. [D-MI]; Rep. Ellison, Keith [D-MN]; Rep. Garamendi, John [D-CA]; Rep. Grayson, Alan [D-FL]; Rep. Hastings, Alcee L. [D-FL]; Rep. Jones, Walter B., Jr. [R-NC]; Rep. Massie, Thomas [R-KY]; Rep. McDermott, Jim [D-WA]; Rep. McGovern, James P. [D-MA]; Rep. Pocan, Mark [D-WI]; Rep. Posey, Bill [R-FL]; Rep. Slaughter, Louise McIntosh [D-NY]; Rep. Stockman, Steve [R-TX]; and Rep. Yoho, Ted S. [R-FL].