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Ted Rudow III, MA, Encina Ave, Palo Alto, CA
President is authorised to use military force against those who perpetrated the 9/11 attack and those countries that harboured those individuals. Well, more than a decade later, there was an article in The Washington Post where the US officials were anonymously saying that al Qaeda, the group that perpetrated the 9/11 attack, according to the government, was now dead.
There's only two leaders left, they say, in that entire region. It already rendered them "effectively inoperable". There is no more al Qaeda left in Afghanistan or Pakistan according to the US government. The group that perpetrated 9/11, according to it, is no longer even existing. And yet, we are engaged in mobilizing the military in a big way, constantly escalating war situation in many parts of the world.
There are six different countries in which the US is actively using drones: Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iraq, Somalia, Libya and Yemen, against groups that didn't even exist at the time of 9/11. What we are doing is not only going way beyond what we were supposed to be doing when the Congress authorised military force, but what we are really doing is we are constantly manufacturing the causes of our war.