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IDAHO FALLS POST-REGISTER — It is time to end the forever-wars

04/16/19

The Democrats and Trump are right: It is time to end the forever-wars.

On Sept. 14, 2001, Congress wrote what would prove to be one of the largest blank checks in our nation’s history. The Authorization for Use of Military Force against terrorists gave President Bush authority to attack the Taliban, the Sunni fundamentalist forces in Afghanistan and the mastermind of the attacks, Osama bin Laden.

The House of Representatives and the Senate voted, and there was only one vote in opposition — a Democratic representative from California who warned of another Vietnam. To be clear, this is not how the Constitution of the United States provides for committing our troops and treasures to war.

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