Congressman Frank Wolf (R-VA) is proposing legislation that would authorize the president to engage the Islamic State militarily. Well, the Islamic State and pretty much anybody else, anywhere, at any time:
Wolf on Wednesday told The Hill that when Congress returns from its vacation, he would introduce legislation that would override the 2001 AUMF and give the Obama administration all the justification it needs to carry out strikes against ISIS’ bases in Syria. Titled the “Authorization for Use of Military Force against International Terrorism Act,” Wolf’s bill would greatly expand the already overly broad mandate given under the 2001 AUMF:
The President is authorized, with the close consultation, coordination, and cooperation with NATO and regional allies, to use all necessary and appropriate force against those countries, organizations, or persons associated with or supporting terrorist groups, including al Qaeda and its regional affiliates, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, al Shabaab, Boko Haram, and any other emerging regional terrorist groups that share a common violent extremist ideology with such terrorist groups, regional affiliates, or emerging terrorist groups, in order to eliminate all such terrorist groups and prevent any future acts of international terrorism against the United States or its allies by such terrorist groups, countries, organizations, or persons.
Given that the intent of the relatively specific Authorization for the Use of Military Force that was passed in 2001 in the wake of the 9/11 attack has never been abused or had its intent stretched beyond the breaking point at any time in its nearly 13 year lifespan, it makes total sense to replace it with something whose written mandate is even broader. Now we’ll be allowed to blow up furriners no matter where they are or, really, what they’re doing! And you have to love the fact that there’s no expiration date on the authorization, which would ensure that our WAR ON TERROR can go on forever! Yippee!