Gene Healy Says It's Time To End Congress's Blanket Authorization of Force



It may sound hard to believe, but Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., isn't always wrong—at least when he states the obvious: "9/11 is a long time ago," he said Wednesday, "and it's something that needs to be looked at again." The "it" is the post-9/11 Authorization for Use of Military Force resolution, or AUMF, adopted three days after the terror attacks, and now going on its lucky 13th year. Gene Healy says that after two imperial presidents in a row have treated that authorization like a permanent delegation of congressional war power to the president, it's time to put an end to the policy.