US Senate Rejects Bid To Repeal 2001 War AuthorizationSat 10:46 pm +01:00, 25 Mar 2023 1
The US Senate has overwhelmingly voted down a proposal to repeal a 2001 law that has been interpreted to grant sweeping war powers to the White House.
Several presidents have cited the same measure as legal backing for dozens of military interventions worldwide for over 20 years.
Introduced by Republican Senator Rand Paul to mark the 20th anniversary of the US invasion of Iraq, an amendment to rescind the 2001 Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF) was rejected in a 9-86 vote this week.
Only four lawmakers from each party, as well as Independent Senator Bernie Sanders, supported the legislation. “Today, I offered the US Senate a chance to repeal the 9/11 2001 authorization for war to reclaim our constitutional power and send a message to the world that we are a nation of peace,” Paul said after the vote.
A lot of US citizens believe their country stands for peace and freedom. Those who don’t are conspiracy theorists, sort of like most of our Western countries. A sad state of affairs.