That is ironic politically because just this spring Obama asked Congress to narrow the 2001 AUMF or even consider phasing it out.
“The statutory issue depends on whether ISIS is covered by the AUMF,” he said.
Wittes said that he took an expansive view of what would constitute associated forces for the 2001 AUMF.
Exasperated at one point, Corker asked, “Well do we need an AUMF or not?”
The AUMF from 2001 is a declaration of war against al Qaeda and its associated forces.
But the AUMF does not even mention al Qaeda, let alone its affiliates.
At issue is the 2001 Authorization for the Use of Military Force (AUMF).