If Harry Reid said he wants to abolish the AUMF, then that's thesmartest thing he's ever said.

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Printer-friendly versionPrinter-friendly versionPDF versionPDF version If Obama used it to justify executing and American without a trial, then it can be used to justify almost anything. or to reply The Late P Brooks or to reply Yes, I question the legality of the WoT AUMF, anyway. The one for Iraq is arguably a lawful declaration of war under a different name, but this one seems to me to be an unlawful delegation of power. or to reply GM is alive! Osama is dead! Kill the AUMF! Recall all the cars! or to reply Just caught that new John Oliver show on HBO the other day, and he was tearing into GM something fierce. Quite funny, but unfortunately he didn't make the final leap to "and of course the government bailed them out". Still, I laughed out loud a few times. I'd check it out again. No partisan bullshit, at least in the bit that I saw. reply to this log in or register to reply |5.20.14 @ 1:36PM|# I like Oliver, and the bits of the new show I've seen have been pretty hilarious, but there is a whiff of Daily Show "ONE.OF.US" mentality that I'm afraid will end up turning it in to a DS clone. He had Bill Nye on recently and you can imagine just how hilarious that was. Ahem. reply to this log in or register to reply Brett L|5.20.14 @ 1:43PM|# See, I think that one was important because Oliver accidentally admitted it doesn't matter how many scientists hold the wrong opinion. Granted, he and Nye believed that they held the right opinion and he was using the statement as a club to bash deniers, but it will be fun to use when the "Super El Nino" doesn't produce 1997/98 style record highs. reply to this log in or register to reply |5.20.14 @ 1:52PM|# But do you actually think they will recall their previous pronouncements? That whole bit with Nye was obnoxious, and that's the DS whiff I was referring to. reply to this log in or register to reply Brett L|5.20.14 @ 1:57PM|# No, no. They believe they are right -- which is fine, science is advanced, eventually by these disagreements. I just think climate science as it exists is closer to phrenology than theory of gravity. (Phrenology is no longer popular because the scientific method was applied to it, and found that variation in skull size and shape had little to do with observed moral and intellectual traits. However, lots of very important psychology and neuroscience has its roots in the early back-and-forth.) reply to this log in or register to reply John|5.20.14 @ 12:44PM|# Al Quada, such as it was when it planned and executed 911 is gone. All of its leaders have been killed or captured and nearly all of its foot soldiers long since died fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan. What remains is a loose conglomeration of various radical Islamists and assorted nuts who pick up the banner of Al Quada and fight for it. Saying the AUMF is still valid for those guys is like saying the declaration of war on Germany authorized the US to go after under ground Nazi groups in Western Europe in the 1950s, The AUMF needs to be repealed. If the President thinks some country is harboring terrorists such that we have a right to attack them, let him go to Congress and make the case for a new AUMF. reply to this log in or register to reply Slammer|5.20.14 @ 12:46PM|# More Madison: It is a universal truth that the loss of liberty at home is to be charged to the provisions against danger, real or pretended, from abroad. And: If Tyranny and Oppression come to this land, it will be in the guise of fighting a foreign enemy. reply to this log in or register to reply american socialist|5.20.14 @ 12:49PM|# Hi gene, Nice article. I agree with you. I remember Barbara lee's vote and called her a national hero (and writing her to that affect ) while right-wingers were calling her a traitor and CATO libertarians were putting John Yoo on its board. It's nice that you guys came around after a thousand or two body bags came home. Seriously, in defunding the DoD it's going to take all the allies we can get. reply to this log in or register to reply Slammer|5.20.14 @ 12:52PM|# Defund the DoD? Which article said that? reply to this log in or register to reply Pro Libertate|5.20.14 @ 12:55PM|# I'm a libertarian and a mostly minimalist minarchist, but I don't advocate totally defunding our military. reply to this log in or register to reply |5.20.14 @ 1:32PM|# Defund it by 50-75% or so, rename it the Department of War, and I'll be satisfied. reply to this log in or register to reply |5.20.14 @ 1:34PM|# More like defund it by 90%. We have a severely, severely bloated military. Before WWII the military would get slashed to the bone after every war. reply to this log in or register to reply Pro Libertate|5.20.14 @ 1:36PM|# We do have nukes now, which changes the equation somewhat, so long as the nukes remain largely indefensible. No invasions. reply to this log in or register to reply |5.20.14 @ 1:51PM|# The Army's budget would get slashed to the bone, but the Navy's would get cut much less severely, since capital ships take so long to build. I think today you couldn't cut as severely as they could in 1919 and still maintain a decent level of combat readiness, since we have so much expensive equipment today. Still. Severe cuts are what we need, no argument there. reply to this log in or register to reply Pro Libertate|5.20.14 @ 1:53PM|# Why not one totally amazing killbot? Oh, wait, that's how bad movies get started. Never mind, nukes are safer. News Source : If Harry Reid said he wants to abolish the AUMF, then that's thesmartest thing he's ever said.
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