House Repeals 2002 War Powers Authorization

Via The Washington Examiner:

It’s a rare day that constitutional conservatives ought to applaud far-left Democratic Reps. Ro Khanna and Barbara Lee. But today is that day.

The House of Representatives voted Thursday afternoon on an amendment the two sponsored that repeals the 2002 Authorization of the Use of Military Force. It’s an amendment that deserves applause even from conservatives, as it’s a first step toward reasserting Congress’s proper war powers and limiting the potential of future executive abuse.

It would also require that, in light of President Trump’s killing of Iranian general and terrorist Qassem Soleimani, the president obtain proper congressional authorization if any protracted military conflict with Iran emerges before funds can be used. Seeing as how costly and difficult a war with Iran would be, this measure is well-warranted, as the president should have to go through the proper process before launching any such full-blown conflict if it does ever come to that…

It granted the president authorization to use limited military force in Iraq to protect the United States and take down Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein. It was based in large part on the U.S. government’s assertion that Hussein had at his disposal “weapons of mass destruction,” which we know now was not really the case. The authorization covered a goal we have already achieved (Hussein was killed in 2006) based on a faulty premise.