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.
An Oregon Air National Guard F-15C Eagle that made an emergency landing on Wednesday ditched its entire arsenal of live air-to-air missiles before touching down at Portland International Airport, The War Zone reports.
President Donald Trump announced in December that he would withdraw all U.S. troops from Syria, but Sen. Lindsey Graham has since made a strong push to keep a small residual force along the Turkish border along with troops from European allies.
The former Navy SEAL among a group of eight men arrested earlier this week in Port-au-Prince on weapons charges says he was providing security work "for people who are directly connected to the current President" of Haiti.
"We were being used as pawns in a public fight between him and the current Prime Minister of Haiti," said Chris Osman, 44, in a post on Instagram Friday. "We were not released we were in fact rescued."
It's a photo for the ages: a Marine NCO, a Greek god in his dress blues, catches the eye of a lovely young woman as her boyfriend urges her on in distress. It's the photographic ancestor of the much-loved "distracted boyfriend" stock photo meme, made even sweeter by the fact that this is clearly a sailor about to lose his girl to a Devil Dog.
Well, this photo and the Marine in it, which hopscotched around Marine Corps Facebook and Instagram pages before skyrocketing to the front page of Reddit on Thursday, are very real.
The photo shows then-Staff Sgt. Louis A. Capozzoli — and he is absolutely not on his way to steal your girl.