Get rid of the AUMF

I would like this very much:

The 2001 vote in Congress to go to war against Al Qaeda and the Taliban in Afghanistan has become obsolete in the face of new threats, and the law should be reconsidered, according to a politically diverse range of lawmakers, diplomats, and international legal experts.

The Authorization to Use Military Force, approved three days after the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks, gave the president authority to “use all necessary and appropriate force against those nations, organizations, or persons” that “planned, authorized, committed, or aided the terrorist attacks.”

But as antiterror operations expand in places such as Mali, Somalia, and Yemen, a rare bipartisan coalition is advocating that Congress apply a new set of checks on President Obama, who like President George W. Bush has used the 2001 law to justify drone attacks and other counterterrorism operations across the Islamic world.

Normally Republicans would be in favor of the drone attacks, but this is one case where their ‘We’re against it if Obama is for it’ attitude might work in favor of liberals. There should not be this kind of open-ended war doctrine where we are ‘at war’ with some amorphous group that is ill-defined and so applicable to so many groups. Especially when it is secret and decided on by a very small group of people. Bill Moyers had a show on it here.

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