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Senate kills bipartisan bill to end war in Afghanistan & repeal 2001 Terror War authorization

RT | July 1, 2020

The US Senate has voted to table a bill that would have ended the war in Afghanistan and repealed the 2001 law authorizing the War on Terror, shooting down a rare attempt to wind down the longest conflict in American history.

Lawmakers voted 60-33 on Wednesday to kill legislation introduced by Senators Rand Paul (R-Kentucky) and Tom Udall (D-New Mexico) as an amendment for a broader defense spending bill. Dubbed the AFGHAN Act, the measure would have directed the Pentagon to begin an “orderly withdrawal” from Afghanistan and pay a $2,500 bonus to American soldiers.

Ahead of the vote, Senator Paul castigated the nearly 20-year-old conflict as wasteful of American lives and tax dollars, urging lawmakers to send the troops home.

“It is not sustainable to keep fighting in Afghanistan generation after generation,” Paul said on the Senate floor, noting that some of the soldiers taking part in the conflict were not even born when it was launched in 2001. “Many people have said we should end the war. Today you get to vote.”

First introduced last year, the amendment also would have repealed the 2001 Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF) enacted in response to the September 11 attacks, which has been invoked to justify military action around the globe. Since the US invasion of Afghanistan, the AUMF has been cited dozens of times to authorize deployments, bombings or other armed operations in at least 14 countries.

Though a deal struck between Washington and the Taliban earlier this year initiated a phased withdrawal of the roughly 12,000 US soldiers stationed in the country, some 8,600 troops still remain there. The administration has reportedly mulled removing another 4,000 by the fall, but has yet to announce a decision. While US officials, including CENTCOM commander Frank McKenzie, say the Taliban has avoided attacks on coalition forces in recent months, ongoing disputes between the militant group and the Afghan government still threaten to derail the withdrawal deal.

July 1, 2020 - Posted by | Illegal Occupation, War Crimes | ,

1 Comment »

  1. BAU (my acronym): Business As Usual in Zionist-Occupied WashDC. It hurts, but I can find common (international-affairs-wise) ground with a Libertarian, even as Rand Paul doesn’t have the fortitude to call out the malefactors.

    “…60-33…”: beyond shameful. There’s no adequate word.

    “…a $2,500 bonus to American soldiers.” … WTF?! They’ve been drawing (non-taxable) ‘combat’ pay — 99 percent of the time “quarantined”-cum-hiding in garrison? — for years…plus scoring re-enlistment bonuses–non-taxable of course–as their enlistments are rolled over into the permanent-standing-mercenary (‘All-Voluntary Military,” to be sure) American ‘defense’ forces…. Socialism-welfare at ‘work’ in the service of the USraeli-MIC lust for full-spectrum global dominance.

    Well-rounded, informative reporting by RT…kudos.

    Ahhh — How convenient/useful were those “September 11 attacks,” while the ‘dancing Israelis’ cavorted and cheered on the implosions of WTC I and II. Such a deal….

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    Comment by roberthstiver | July 2, 2020 | Reply


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