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Inventing reasons to fight
The president is authorized to use military force against those who perpetrated the 9/11 attack and those countries who harbored those individuals. Now, more than a decade later, news stories anonymously quote U.S. officials saying al-Qaida, the group that perpetrated the 9/11 attack, is now demolished.
Only two leaders might be left in the entire Middle East. Al-Qaida is already rendered “effectively inoperable.” There is no more al-Qaida left in Afghanistan or Pakistan according to the U.S. military. We have left Iraq at the insistence of the elected Iraqi government.
The U.S. is actively using drone bombers wherever it pleases, often against groups that didn’t even exist at the time of 9/11. What we’re doing is not only going way beyond what we were supposed to be doing when Congress authorized military force, but we are constantly manufacturing the causes of our war.
Ted Rudow III, Palo Alto