The United States has the legal authority to prosecute campaigns against the Taliban, Al Qaeda, and associated forces, including ISIS, and is not currently seeking any new or additional Congressional authorization for the use of force. The 2001 AUMF remains a cornerstone for ongoing US military operations and continues to provide legal authority relied upon to defeat this threat.
>> Any new AUMF must not be geographically constrained. As has been stated, these are not traditional threats. This is a fight against a transnational enemy. One that does not respect international borders and does not place geographic limits on their areas of operations.>> But I don't think we gave the executive branch a blanket authority just to go to war anywhere they want.
The Constitution was very clear, initiation of war comes from Congress.>> You've got conflict going on in Niger. We have 6,000 troops in 54 countries in Africa, and we should just politely say, we were given this authority to be anywhere, anytime? We haven't been checking and balancing the executive branch for 60 some odd years.