The 1991 and 2002 Authorizations for Use of Military Force (AUMF), which were used to launch the Gulf and Iraq Wars, are obsolete, unrelated to our current strategic challenges, and unnecessary for any ongoing U.S. military operations.
Keeping these outdated authorizations on the books could enable more “forever wars” and policies that needlessly endanger American lives, waste taxpayer dollars, and distract from other, more pressing priorities. They should be repealed.
Repealing them will remove the ability for any continued abuse of the authorizations, begin to restore Congress’ role in matters of war and peace, and force more Congressional debate over when, if, and (most importantly) why we send American troops into harm’s way.
We need Congress to reassert its role in authorizing the use of military force, ensuring our country fights only the wars that are necessary to keep us safe — and to stop giving the executive branch free rein to entangle America in new conflicts.
Sign the letter and tell your Representatives to support repeal of these authorizations and begin to correct the constitutional imbalance in matters of war and peace!