After 9/11, in an incipient bit of cowardice and fear that still plagues our country decades later, Congress passed the Authorized Use of Military Force Against Terrorists Act (AUMF). This was a bald faced dereliction of duty that passed easily because of a large faction of authoritarians and an even larger faction of cowards in Congress. It basically gives the President carte blanch when going after anyone the President determines is a terrorist anywhere in the world. Under the auspices of the AUMF, we have killed U.S. citizens, bombed sovereign states without a declaration of war, and killed untold numbers of innocent human beings.
At the time, there was one lone voice that spoke out against this abomination of legislation. Her name was Representative Barbara Lee (D-CA). She, and she alone, voted against it. Well, today, she proposed an amendment to the 2018 Defense Appropriations bill that would rescind the 2001 AUMF and it was approved by the House Appropriations Committee. Almost unanimously. The lone holdout was Representative Kay Granger (R-TX). This is still only a first step, being still in Committee, but it’s an important one. Let’s hope the amendment stays in and gets passed by all of Congress. It will put a very dark time behind us.