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A New 60 Words?

Monday, February 16, 2015 - 12:14 PM

(Photo Credit: US Department of Defense/Flickr)
As you may know, on February 12th, 2015, President Obama put a draft of a new AUMF authorizing force against ISIL in front of Congress. 
After 6 months of declaring that the 2001 AUMF, the 2002 AUMF, and his Article II powers cover the force currently being used against ISIL, this broad new proposal struck some as overkill but seemed to others as too weak.

There is bound to be a lot of debate and shuffling back and forth of drafts, but some of the main questions people have for the new AUMF include:

Will this allow for ground troops?

How will "Associated Forces" now be defined?

Will the 2001 AUMF be sunset? 

In this current draft the answers seem to be kind of, more broadly than ever, and no. 

For much more thorough analysis and ongoing coverage, please keep an eye on Ben Wittes' Lawfare blog. And for those who really want to be in the know, check out this post by Jack Goldsmith.


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Comments [7]

John from PA

As theorized since the fall of the soviet union, the American foreign policy - along with those of other western cultures - has been characterized by a reduction in formal war fighting and an increase in international policing behavior. The international strategy parallels the domestic strategy when those being targeted become increasingly intermixed with the domestic population. As foreshadowed, domestic policing has become increasingly militarized in the name of protecting citizens against terrorism. Normative arguments with respect to these trends flood the thoughts of political theorists and policy advocates. Objectively, the argument "at the expense of" has never been more pertinent. However, it typically resides in the camp of: [safety][security] at the expense of [first][fourth] amendment.

Mar. 31 2017 10:41 PM
Jenny S from Nashville, TN

Great, as always.
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Sep. 26 2016 07:24 PM
Roger Williams from Washington, DC

This was a wonderfully informative program..!!

Sep. 12 2016 10:44 AM
Tim Scott from Austin, TX

"The Declaration of War is kind of a dead instrument of national law." says Ben Wittes. Wow, he called the U.S. Constitution "dead." No argument here, but shocked the Brookings Institute would admit it.

Sep. 11 2016 01:09 PM
Debbie Ericsson- Zenith from United States

Wow, a great education for all of us.

Sep. 11 2016 12:54 AM
Lyn Elkind from Keene, NH

I have listened to this podcast a number of times trying to absorb the totality of this crucial issue. Thank you for telling about this complex problem.
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