This week, congress will be voting to repeal the 1991 AUMF against Iraq.
People will likely mock this measure, just like they did last week’s House vote to repeal the 2002 AUMF. I hope y’all have time to read why repealing the 2002 AUMF was not an empty gesture.
Like the 2002 AUMF, the 1991 AUMF is another strand in the tangled web that holds the Forever War together. The 2002 AUMF codified the Cold War Carter Doctrine in US law. The 1991 AUMF codifies it through international law.
It establishes a policy of using UN Resolutions to create, maintain, and perpetuate a standing army of coalition forces to serve as the Forever Military Cops of MENA. The 1991 AUMF is another cog in the Forever War Machine, and repealing it is not “performative”.
Calls to Action
Those who hope to end the Forever War should call or email their congresspersons and ask them to repeal the the 1991 AUMF. Please tell them that the Persian Gulf War is over, and we should start acting like it.
Please call or email Chuck Schumer to make sure the senate measure gets a floor vote soon.
Please call or email your senators and ask them to repeal the 1991 and 2002 AUMF’s. Please tell them: Saddam is dead, there were no WMD’s, and it’s time to put this embarrassing issue to bed.
I don’t suggest that any of us demand they take their war powers back. The awful truth, is that most in congress don’t want that responsibility. It’s why these measures have stayed on the books for so long. But by voting to end apparently defunct war bills, they inadvertently will.