Letters to the Editor

Wants Congress to repeal use of force authorization

As we get nearer to the November elections, voters must ask candidates if they believe endless war should come to an end.

Congressman Rick Larsen should clearly state his position on the 2001 Authorization for the Use of Military Force. I believe the bill has allowed two presidents unchecked power to wage war without Congressional authorization.

Many constituents believe that the Authorization for the Use of Military Force must be cleanly repealed (and not replaced), because it not only gives the president —and any future presidents — unchecked power to wage military action, it also allows the president to use lethal drone strikes that have killed civilians and unfettered surveillance, including of U.S. citizens.

Congress must take back its authority to oversee the president’s use of military force. It is their Constitutional duty to do so.

Micki Jackson

Bellingham

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