Award-winning journalist Greg Johnsen explains how a law Congress hastily passed after the September 11, 2001, attacks has given rise to a new set of presidential powers that the country’s founding fathers never wanted a US president to have. getAbstract recommends this eye-opening piece to the general reader interested in the historical and legal background of America’s seemingly unending war on terrorism.
In this summary, you will learn
- Why the US Congress almost unanimously passed the Authorization for the Use of Military Force (AUMF) following the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks,
- How the AUMF has given US presidents unprecedented powers to use force anywhere in the world and
- Why US president Barack Obama failed to limit the AUMF’s sweeping mandate.
About the Author
Greg Johnsen is a writer at large for BuzzFeed News and is based in Istanbul.