SENATE READY TO GIVE OBAMA AUTHORITY TO DECLARE “INTERNATIONAL MARTIAL LAW”
New AUMF allows an autocratic president to wage war anywhere in the world without congressional approval
A week after Obama’s State of the Union address Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell took a procedural step known as Rule 14 and put a measure on the floor and introduced a refashioned AUMF (Authorization for Use of Military Force) written by the Republican neocon Sen. Lindsey Graham.
In November Graham spelled out the details of his AUMF:
I’m going to introduce an authorization to use military force against ISIL that is not limited by time, geography or means. We only have two choices regarding ISIL—fight them in their backyard or fight them in ours. I choose to fight them in their backyard.
At the time it was said Graham’s AUMF had little chance of making it to the Senate floor, but that changed last week when McConnell used Rule 14 which bypasses the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.
Graham’s authorization would not rule out the use of ground troops and would not have time or geographic limitations.