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Obama must secure authorization for force in Middle East
Obama must secure authorization for force in Middle East

Before President Obama does anything else in the lame-duck Congress or the new one in January, he needs forthrightly to seek an update or new authorization for the new war he's fighting against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria. Although he has said that he already has legal authority under the authorization of use of military force (AUMF) voted in 2001 after the 9/11 terrorist attacks, it's a very flimsy crutch to lead on, and it should be strengthened. For one thing, the targeted enemy, also known variously as ISIS or ISIL, did not exist at the time of the assaults on the World Trade Center in New York and on the Pentagon. For another, the 2001...

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