Rudalevige on Why Trump May Want Congress to Pass New AUMF

Andrew Rudalevige

There are several reasons why the Trump administration may wish Congress to pass a new updated version of the Authorization for the Use of Military Force (AUMF), writes Thomas Brackett Reed Professor of Government Andrew Rudalevige in The Washington Post’s political science blog the Monkey Cage.

In last week’s Monkey Cage, Rudalevige wrote about the current standing of the AUMF, which Congress passed in 2001 in the wake of the September 11 terrorist attacks, granting the US the legal right to pursue those who committed and aided the attacks—namely al-Qaeda and the Taliban.

However, with the terror threat now coming from the so-called Islamic State group, also known as ISIS or ISIL—which did not exist in 2001—Rudalevige identifies a number of potential legal challenges when it comes to using AUMF to cover the war against Islamic terrorism. Read more.

One thought on “Rudalevige on Why Trump May Want Congress to Pass New AUMF

  1. Dave Dayanan

    Threat for a lot of human lives always triggers a leader to pursue desperate measures to promote the safety of everyone. I think this are the things that encourages President Trump to do such things.

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