On COI #125, Kyle Anzalone and Will Porter explain recent efforts in Congress to repeal the 2002 Authorization for the Use of Military Force (AUMF), which gave legal authority for the US invasion of Iraq. Kyle argues that while the 2002 authorization has been invoked a few times since the invasion, it’s really the 2001 AUMF that’s allowed the War on Terror to continue. Far less attention has been paid to the broader 2001 authorities, however.
Israel briefly renewed airstrikes on the Gaza Strip last week, after Palestinians sent incendiary balloons into Israeli cities. The exchange followed clashes that sparked during a controversial ‘Flag March’ through Jerusalem, arranged by Israeli nationalist groups last week. The two sides are now attempting to deescalate, as a new coalition government in Israel cuts its teeth on its first bout of conflict with the blockaded Palestinian enclave.
General Mark Milley, the chairman of the joint chiefs of staff, made uncharacteristically reasonable comments about China and Taiwan during a recent congressional hearing. Despite near-constant warnings about an imminent Chinese invasion from lawmakers and military officials, Milley downplayed those concerns, questioning whether Beijing has any intention or interest in taking over the island.