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The Denver Post: Congress needs to reclaim power to declare war

Author: The Denver Post Editorial Board - October 14, 2017 - Updated: October 14, 2017

U.S. and Afghan security forces inspect the site of a suicide attack on NATO convoy in Kabul, Afghanistan, Sunday, Sept. 24, 2017. Afghanistan’s Interior Ministry says a suicide car bomber has struck a convoy of international forces in the capital, wounding three civilians. (AP Photo/Massoud Hossaini)

For 16 years American presidents have used vague authorizations of military force to wage protracted wars against amorphous and evolving enemies in multiple states in the Middle East.

Time has come for Congress to pass a new authorization against our new foe, the Islamic State, and against our old enemies, al-Qaeda and the Taliban, that sets a reasonable time limit for the ongoing conflict and is as specific as possible.

Rep. Mike Coffman, R-Aurora, introduced a new authorization for the use of military force on Thursday that would take just such a step to reign in the use of force abroad without explicit approval from Congress.

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