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Congress Is About To Rein In The Forever War... Just Kidding!
A number of brave U.S. senators are attempting to pare back America's forever war by passing a new Authorization for Use of Military Force, Defense News is reporting.
The new AUMF of 2018, sponsored by Sens. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) and Tim Kaine (D-Va.), would replace the original AUMF passed in the wake of the Sept. 11 attacks, which gave the president broad authority to hit back against al Qaeda and "associated forces" — later interpreted by Presidents Bush, Obama, and now Trump, to include terror groups that didn't even exist at the time of the attacks, or in some cases, were sworn enemies of al Qaeda.
But not to fear, citizen! After 17 years of war, Congress is going to do its constitutional duty and demand oversight on the executive, forcing him to ask their permission should he want to use military force in foreign lands.
Or, as Defense News puts it, "the proposed bill would cover all terrorist groups the U.S. is currently fighting, and it would not restrict the president from taking immediate action against enemies in other global hot spots."
Lawfare has a great explainer on what the new bill would do differently from the existing AUMF, which it seems, isn't much. There are a couple of noticeable differences in Corker/Kaine's bill, including that it specifically names the terror groups the U.S. military can engage, which includes al Qaeda, the Taliban, ISIS, and others. It also says the president needs to notify Congress if he wants to expand existing operations beyond Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, Somalia, Yemen and Libya.
All that sounds nice in theory, but the Congress — with its sky high approval rating of 15% — is not keen on actually reining in the president's use of military force. That's pretty clear with the 2018 AUMF's (just like the 2001 version) use of a catch-all clause of giving the president authorization to go after "associated forces," which not surprisingly, are to be determined by the White House, not Congress.
So anyway. We're going to keep going with this forever war for a while. Plan accordingly.
Actor Mark Wahlberg will be visiting troops overseas to plug Wahlburgers, a fast-casual restaurant chain owned by the actor and his two brothers, Donnie Wahlberg, and chef Paul Wahlberg.
US troops will not burn and pillage like Genghis Khan's hordes as a result of Trump intervening in war crimes cases, Milley says
The U.S. military will not disintegrate into an undisciplined horde following President Donald Trump's recent intervention in three war crimes cases, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Army Gen. Mark Milley assured lawmakers on Wednesday.
Milley was testifying before the House Armed Services Committee when he was pressed by Iraq war veteran Rep. Seth Moulton (D-Mass.) about the president's actions in the cases of former Army 1st Lt. Clint Lorance, retired Army Maj. Matthew Golsteyn, and retired Navy SEAL Chief Eddie Gallagher.
Taliban fighters attempted to fight their way into Bagram Airfield on Wednesday by invading a medical facility just outside of the base's perimeter, a spokesman for Operation Resolute Support said Wednesday.
J.P. Lawrence of Stars and Stripes and Jim LaPorta of Newsweek first reported that the battle lasted for several hours after using car bombs to attack the hospital, which is near the base's northern corner. Helicopter and fixed-wing aircraft were reportedly used to drop ordnance on the hospital.
An armed suspect was taken into custody at Naval Air Station Corpus Christi on Wednesday morning after a brief lockdown period, according to the Texas base's Facebook account.
Though the exact nature of the incident is unclear, base officials wrote that no shots were fired and no injuries were reported.
The new defense bill would create a public database for every complaint made about privatized housing
Among the dozens of requirements outlined in the latest version of the National Defense Authorization Act is the requirement for the Secretary of Defense to create a public database for privatized housing complaints.
So, that will be... a lot.