Letter to the Editor: Time to End Two Iraq War Authorizations
We have a real opportunity to end endless wars, with the recent approval by the Senate Foreign Relations Committee of SJRes.10, a resolution to repeal the 1991 and 2002 authorizations for the use of force. military. These authorizations specifically declared war on Saddam Hussein (which was accomplished 10 years ago), but they have been used to engage in military operations in many other countries since.
We are now partners with Iraq, and it is time for the 2002 authorization to use military force to be repealed. I congratulate Senator Susan Collins for joining SJRes.10 as a co-sponsor and I hope Senator Angus King will do the same. The House adopted this resolution (HR 256) and it will soon be submitted to the US Senate.
Congress has a constitutional duty to declare, wage and finance wars that engage our citizens in foreign countries. This authority has been largely vested in the executive since September 11, 2001, when we declared war on terrorism. The State Department and the Defense Department have said the repeal will have no effect on current or future military decisions, as the 2001 authorization for the use of military force will remain and hopefully. , will be revised and defined more closely.
Decisions on whether to allow the use of military force must be a debate and conversation with the American people, not a continuing projection of American military supremacy in the world. Congress should vote and be responsible for the war.
Editor’s Note: Senator King has signed on as a co-sponsor of SJ Res. 10, August 10.
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