In his speech Thursday, President Obama said: “I look forward to engaging Congress and the American people in efforts to refine, and ultimately repeal, the AUMF’s mandate.”
Why wait? The 2001 Authorization for Use of Military Force doesn’t need refining — it needs repealing, now. Let the President know we’re engaged. Tell him and Congress to repeal endless war.
The leading excuse for current U.S. wars, drone strikes, kill lists, renditions, imprisonments without trial, spying without warrants, the militarization of police, and gargantuan weapons budgets is the legal and rhetorical idea that the United States is involved in a war unbounded by time or space.
While it took 6 years to repeal the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution that was used to justify war in Southeast Asia, after more than 11 years the Authorization for Use of Military Force — the congressional resolution that launched the “war on terror” — has not been repealed.