Buttigieg : “Repeal and replace” use of American military force


Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg(D), who’s been a rising star in this election season, has not only been involved in a rivalry with President Trump, but he has also been captivating Democrats with his passionate pleas for a better America.

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On Twitter, Mayor Pete shared an excerpt of a speech given, where he addressed supporters, saying that “the world needs an America free from entrapment in endless war and prepared to focus on future threats.”

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He informed the crowd that “after 9/11, Congress passed and President George W. Bushsigned into law an authorization for the use of military force to eliminate the threat posed by al-Qaeda and to attack the Taliban in Afghanistan.”

Mayor Pete described that the “law was barely two pages long, yet it has been used for two decades to wage wars and launch military strikes.”

To this, he argues that “the time has come for Congress to repeal and replace that blank check on the use of force and ensure a robust debate on future operations.”

A former Afghanistan veteran, the Mayor gave a brief background of his time of service, noting that “we should never again send troops into conflict without a clear definition of their mission and an understanding of what will come after.”

Citing an incident in 2017, Buttigieg explained that the United States should never find itself in a position such as the one where “four U.S. soldiers were killed on a counter terrorism mission in Niger, only to have senators from both parties admit that they didn’t even realize that we had a thousand troops stationed in that country.”

He called it a matter of “renewed congressional oversight.”

Initially seen as a candidate that would not make an impact, Mayor Pete has transformed into an underdog by gaining momentum as a candidate like former Vice President Joe Biden(D) sinks in the polls.

Daniel Molina was the Opinion Editor of his high school’s newspaper, and he was also Editor-in-Chief of Miami Dade College’s Urbana literary and arts magazine wherein he also won the 2013 FCSAA Best Fiction Story in the State of Florida Award. He’s currently pursuing his Bachelor’s in English Literature. Hobbies in his free time include reading, writing and watching films and basketball.