Osama Is Dead, But Congress Wants a Wider War…

Osama Is DeadFor all of you who chanted “USA! USA!” the night of the night of 1/2 May, if you are truly patriotic, you’ll ask what the hell is going on NOW. Spencer Ackerman writes in WIRED’s Danger Room:

Osama bin Laden is dead. 9/11 was ten years ago. So it’s not the most obvious time for a key congressional panel to expand the war on terrorism.

But that’s exactly what a section of the fiscal 2012 defense bill proposes to do. The so-called “Chairman’s Mark” of the bill, currently before the House Armed Services Committee, wants to update the 2001 Authorization to Use Military Force, to reflect that the al-Qaida of the present day is way different than the organization that attacked the U.S. on 9/11.

While the original Authorization tethered the war to those directly or indirectly responsible for 9/11, the new language authorizes “an armed conflict with al-Qaida, the Taliban, and associated forces,” as “those entities continue to pose a threat to the United States and its citizens.”

To its supporters, the proposal catches Congress up to the reality of today’s war. There aren’t many al-Qaida members in Afghanistan, but the war there rages onward. Meanwhile, the Obama administration wages a series of secret wars against al-Qaida entities in Pakistan and Yemen. Since last fall, Rep. Buck McKeon, the chairman of the committee, has argued that Congress, which hasn’t voted on the war in a decade, needs to go on record approving or disapproving of the 2011-era war. Essentially, his proposal would bring the secret wars in from the cold.

Read More: WIRED’s Danger Room

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  • DeepCough

    As Yogi Berra would say, “It’s like [Ho Chih Minh] all over again.”

  • DeepCough

    As Yogi Berra would say, “It’s like [Ho Chih Minh] all over again.”

  • Margaret Thatcher

    If I’m truly patriotic? What about, because I value human life? What about, because I detest the systematic murder of millions of people? What about, because hate the very nature of war? What does being patriotic have anything to do with it? I’m as anti-patriotism as they come, yet I am still asking “what he hell is going on?”

    Idiot.Go suck a fart out of your woman’s ass and hold it in like a bong hit, then let the fumes go to your brains and die. Get the f**k out of here with that Patriotism bullshit.

    Cheers.

  • Klingon

    OK,
    Margaret Thatcher, whose namesake has a lot more BALLS than you will ever have. Tell me, does bleeding once a month disrupt your thinking? Because it sure seems like it does based on your argument.Cut that vagina out of your body so you can think. Remember, today is a good day to die,

  • ejd

    you’re a dick, Klingon. we’ve got too many of those. find a cliff, buffalo, find a cliff……

  • Klingon

    Yes I have a dick and so does the REAL Margaret Thatcher, not this bleeding freak I responded to. Grow a pair.

  • Margaret Thatcher

    You mad bro? “USgay USgay”?

    Your mother was a salamander.

  • Tony Blair

    WHATS THIS?

  • Tony Blair

    Shut up both of you!

    The nigger fears the light, one peace says to leave, now we can stay.

  • George W. Bush

    YEEEEEEEEHHHHHHHAWWWWWWWWWWWWW

  • Barack Obama

    wut

  • George W

    just like a jackass to want to pop the bong and chill out after a major victory, reminds me of when Clinton basically disbanded the CIA during his tenure, believing it useless in the new world order after the fall of USSR…. that lack of intel worked out real well for us leading up to 911.

    Pacifists need to stay out of politics and stick to reading Harry Potter and watching TMZ, their unrealistic views are better suited to fantasy.

  • Anonymous

    The real reason for Osama bin Laden’s death was to cover the facts, 1) he had nothing to do with 911, 2) prior to 911 he was on the CIA payroll, 3) to cover the Bushs’ involvement with 911 and lastly to get Obama re-elected. America is radioactive now, all of the USA’s so called enemies have to do is wait for the fallout to take its toll.

  • Guest

    The real reason for Osama bin Laden’s death was to cover the facts, 1) he had nothing to do with 911, 2) prior to 911 he was on the CIA payroll, 3) to cover the Bushs’ involvement with 911 and lastly to get Obama re-elected. America is radioactive now, all of the USA’s so called enemies have to do is wait for the fallout to take its toll.