Executive Power

Is the AUMF Next?

By Benjamin Wittes
Friday, January 17, 2014, 7:34 AM

Hmmmm. Here's a very interesting few paragraphs from the Wall Street Journal:

The president's speech, to be delivered at the Justice Department, caps a process that was similar to the one he undertook on other controversial, post-Sept. 11 issues, such as the use of armed drones and closing the detention center in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

The next policy to come under similar review is the 2001 Authorization for Use of Military Force, a senior administration official said, referring to the congressional act that provided the basis of a campaign widely known as the "war on terror."

Mr. Obama has said his goal is to revise and eventually repeal the authorization, the primary legal justification for military operations against al Qaeda around the world, including in Afghanistan, but also Somalia and Yemen.

"One of the next things is working on how we structure the congressional authority for military action moving forward," the senior administration official said.