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Can Marco Rubio And Ron Johnson Sabotage The Repeal Of The AUMF After All?

"Warmongers gotta warmonger"

It was just last Thursday when the House passed a repeal of the hated Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Iraq (AUMF) by a wide bipartisan margin-- 268-161. Only one military industrial complex shill among House Democrats, Virginia warmonger and crackpot Elaine Luria, voted no-- while 49 Republicans crossed the aisle in the other direction to vote with the Democrats, including mainstream conservatives like Fred Upton (R-MI), Tom Cole (R-OK), Peter Meijer (R-MI), Victoria Spartz (R-IN), Tom Reed (R-NY), Jaime Herrera Beutler (R-WA) and Nancy Mace (R-SC) as well as radical right extremists like Marjorie Taylor Greene (Q-GA), Andy Biggs (R-AZ), Paul Gosar (R-AZ), Louie Gohmert (R-TX), Lauren Boebert (Q-CO), Matt Gaetz (R-FL), Mad Cawthorn (Nazi-NC), Mary Miller (Q-IL), Mo Brooks (R-AL), Gym Jordan (R-OH) and Michael Cloud (R-TX).

This is a popular position so... leave it to the conservative consensus in the Senate to screw it up. The Democrats may be "in control," but they are so fucked up as a political entity that they can't even get this done! Bob "corruption is my middle name" Menendez (D-NJ) is somehow chair of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and he's decided to postpone the vote-- which was supposed to happen today-- ostensibly to accommodate Mitch McConnell, who opposes the repeal.

The Senate repeal is co-sponsored by conservatives Tim Kaine (D-VA) and Todd Young (R-IN). The move to delay the vote and drag this out-- potentially for months, part of McConnell's run-out-the-clock strategy-- comes from 5 warmongers: Ron Johnson (R-WI), Marco Rubio (R-FL), Mitt Romney (R-UT), Mike Rounds (R-D) and Bill Hagerty (R-TN). They're demanding hearings and classified briefings, claiming "there are weighty questions about the implications of repealing the 2002 AUMF... We should fully evaluate the conditions on the ground, the implications of repealing the 2002 AUMF for our friends, and how adversaries-- including ISIS and Iranian backed militia groups-- would react."

Biden has already said he is willing to sign the repeal but this group of 5 seems to be trying to draw Trump into the argument. Menendez, who says he supports the repeal, needs too put it to a vote at the next meeting of the committee (Thursday). He predicted it would pass. "It has total Democratic support, it has a couple Republicans supporting it. So I believe it will go through, certainly the committee. The question is on the floor."

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