37 military operations in 14 countries have been carried out under the authorization for preventing 9/11…
The original AUMF passed on September 14, 2001, on the same day in both the Senate and House, with virtually no debate. Capitol Hill had just been evacuated. Congress’s usual slow and deliberative nature went out the window. In the face of vitriolic opposition including death threats — Lee cast the lone vote against the measure.
In a San Francisco Chronicle op-ed column at the time, Lee wrote that although she believed “All appropriate steps must be taken to bring the perpetrators to justice,” she also warned that, “It was a blank check to the president to attack anyone involved in the Sept. 11 events — anywhere, in any country, without regard to our nation’s long-term foreign policy, economic and national security interests, and without time limit… I could not support such a grant of war-making authority to the president; I believe it would put more innocent lives at risk.”
In the view of Lee and many others, her worst fears indeed come to pass. The AUMF has been used to justify at least 37 U.S. military operations in 14 countries since its original passage. That includes 18 uses under President George W. Bush and 19 uses (and counting) under President Obama.
Thanks to this ‘temporary’ measure, no more declaration of war is needed, as Trump can just invade anyone he gets mad at or wants to pick a fight with, like Iran. Fascism is rising