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May 28, 2013

The Oklahoman: Time nears to revoke, not expand, 2001 law

Op-ed by Lieutenant General Charles Otstott, USA (Ret.) and Major General Paul D. Eaton, USA (Ret.)

The Senate Armed Services Committee held an important, under-discussed hearing recently. The question at hand: Should they expand the 2001 law that authorized military action after 9/11? 

During the hearing, Sen. Jim Inhofe, R-Tulsa, said, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” We agree, with this caveat: The current authorization should be revoked, not expanded, when the war against core al-Qaida and the Taliban ends. 

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