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Created with Fabric.js 1.4.5 WHAT THE 2001 AUMF DOES DONATE For more, read NSN's reports, Ending the Endless War: An Incremental Approach to Repealing the 2001 AUMF and Navigating an AUMF for the Islamic State: Toward a High-Standard Authorization. Available at: 56% of historical AUMF laws have included limits on geographic scope. 54% of historical AUMF laws have included at least one type of limitation.The rest - except for one - included more than one. THERE'S THAT EXCEPTION AGAIN. The 2001 AUMF authorizes the president to use any military means to strike al-Qaeda and its associated forces, anywhere in the world, with no expiration date. "None of us, not one who voted for it, could have envisioned we were voting for the longest war in American history or that we were about to give future presidents the authority to fight terrorism as far flung as Yemen and Somalia." It has been used to justify drone strikes in at least 5 countries, and raids and other military missions in several others. The full extent of the actions taken under the law are classified. - Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL), May 7, 2013 THE NEW AUMF DOESN'T HAVE TO BE ANOTHER BLANK CHECK The law authorizing the next war doesn't have to be as open-ended as the 2001 law. It should place limits on the geographic scope of operations, make clear that U.S. ground troops aren't an option, and set an date to sunset the provision. That's the way the United States has traditionally fought its wars.
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