Senators Jeff Flake and Tim Kaine introduced on Thursday a bipartisan authorization for the use of Military force (AUMF) against the Islamic state, Al-Qaeda and the Taliban, which, if exceeded, could the first resolution since 2002.
Flake, R-Ariz., and Kaine, D-Va., both sit on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and urging for the authorization of use of military force against Islamist terrorist organizations and establish a process for congressional oversight, where the fight against ISIS, Al-Qaeda and the Taliban can occur, Afghanistan, Somalia, Syria, Iraq, Yemen and Libya.
The AUMF, repeal and replace the 2001 AUMF, and the Bush administration to use the permit, all “necessary and appropriate force” against those who planned, supported and carried out the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. The new resolution, the repeal of the 2002 AUMF against Iraq.
“It is our constitutional obligation in Congress to authorize military action, but we have stood still, as the authorities have said that the stretched the 2001 AUMF far beyond its original purpose,” Kaine, adding that most of the current members of Congress were elected during the vote for the original AUMF. “It is time for Congress to fulfill their duty by their stamp on the current fight and to reaffirm his commitment to the defeat of ISIS, Al-Qaeda and the Taliban.”
The AUMF would allow for an accelerated procedure to the author, the AUMF in five years, authorize and require, the President of Trump report to Congress with a strategy to “protect the United States from ISIS, Al-Qaeda and the Taliban.”
The President George W. Bush and Barack Obama relied on the AUMF authorities to pursue any military action against Islamist terrorist organizations. Obama’s proposed AUMF in 2015, especially the target-forces “stand for, in addition to, or in the name of” ISIS, but no authority for the US armed forces ground combat operations, but Congress refused to consider the proposal.
Other lawmakers, such as Sen. Robert Menendez, D-N. J. and Rep. Adam king Zinger, R-Ill., Legislation proposed, but neither were taken into account.
“When I voted in 2001 to authorize military force against the perpetrators of the Sept. 11 attacks, I had no idea I would be said authorization armed conflicts for more than 15 years and counting,” Flake. “It is past time for Congress to voice their support for the war against ISIS, something used in many military and diplomatic to defeat ISIS, and the Congress some of the authority it has abandoned over the years.”
The former Deputy assistant secretary of defense detainee Affairs, now a senior, broke legal fellow at the Heritage Foundation, Cully Stimson, the difference between war and AUMF.
“The AUMF is not a Declaration of war, it is a broader,” Stimson told Fox News. “A Declaration of war against a country, AUMF, against non-state actors such as terrorist groups.”
Fox News contributor gen Jack Keane told Fox News that a new AUMF is necessary.
“The one we use now, is outdated and not really suitable for ISIS. Our military is always strengthened when Congress is in support of them,” Keane told Fox News. “If Congress makes the strategy and the force levels of the Executive branch, and authorized the use of military violence for a specific purpose, then this is very appropriate.”
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