Rep. Barbara Lee: The AUMF gives US presidents a “blank check” to wage war

Rep. Barbara Lee voted against the Iraq War in 2002 and she was the only member of Congress to vote against authorizing the war in Afghanistan just three days after 9/11. Those were both politically unpopular votes at the time but they catapulted her into anti-war hero status in the years that followed, as more evidence emerged of the Bush administration’s misleading of the public in the run-up to the war. “You don’t make decisions when you’re grieving, when you’re mourning, when you’re angr