Former Legal Adviser to the Department of State, Harold Koh, on ending the “Forever War.” His analysis covers the 2001 AUMF, Gitmo, and drones.
First, we should keep trying to end the Forever War. Our eventual goal should be to repeal the AUMF. Almost thirteen years after 9/11, it is increasingly problematic to rely on the 2001 AUMF to conduct all of America’s counterterrorism operations. We should not use a broadly worded 13-year old AUMF text drafted for a prior situation to conduct perpetual armed conflict against a mutating group of terrorist networks.