With the White House’s Blessing, Rand Moves to Formally End the Iraq War


John Hudson
thecable.foreignpolicy.com
January 14, 2014

It’s been more than two years since U.S. troops withdrew from Iraq. But a loophole in the 2002 Iraq War Resolution allows future presidents to re-invade Iraq anytime they want. Now, Republican Senator Rand Paul wants to change that.

On Tuesday, the Kentucky libertarian is set to formally introduce a bill to repeal the Authorization of the Use of Military Force in Iraq. The bill, obtained by The Cable, has the support of a handful of Republicans and Democrats. But, in a bit of a surprise, it also has the support of the White House — at least in principle.

“The Administration supports the repeal of the Iraq AUMF since it is no longer used for any U.S. Government activities,” White House spokeswoman Caitlin Hayden said in a statement. “We understand that some in Congress are considering legislation related to the Iraq AUMF, and we will certainly examine these proposals as they come forward.”

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