This is a copy of letter I have sent to the editors of several newspapers around the country:
On September 14, 2001, in the aftermath of the worst domestic attack on the United States, Congress passed the Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF) Act. It allows the President to use military force against anyone connected with the destruction of the World Trade Center on September 11.
That Act has been used as justification to attack “terrorists” anywhere in the world without Congress declaring war. So far, the United States has waged undeclared war in Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan, Mali, Somalia, Philippines, Yemen, Libya, Kashmir, Cameroon and Syria.
Now Donald Trump wants to use the AUMF to escalate our military involvement in Syria in support of forces opposed to President Bashar al-Assad and theoretically fighting the Islamic State. Russia also has military forces in Syria in support of President Assad and theoretically fighting the Islamic State. There have already been clashes between U.S. and Russian forces.
Commander-in-Chief Trump does not have a master plan for our action in Syria, leaving strategic decisions up to his generals. Let’s see: Syria – Assad; United States; Russia; rebel; and Islamic State forces. And no plan! Maybe it’s time to take another look at the Authorization for Use of Military Force Act.