2,178 American soldiers have died in Afghanistan in the "War on Terror."
4,489 American soldiers have died in Iraq.
More than 51,000 American soldier have been wounded between the two wars.
US Army Specialist Bowe Bergdahl has been held as a prisoner of war in Afghanistan since June 30, 2009. Taliban forces are demanding $1,000,000 and the release of 21 POWs from Guantanamo Bay prison in exchange for his release.
These are the exact words which Congress used in authorizing any President -- ANY President, from here on out -- to conduct a war with no specified enemies, no zone of operations, no identified enemy, and no clearcut goals or signs of victory:
That the President is authorized to use all necessary and appropriate force against those nations, organizations, or persons he determines planned, authorized, committed, or aided the terrorist attacks that occurred on September 11, 2001, or harbored such organizations or persons, in order to prevent any future acts of international terrorism against the United States by such nations, organizations or persons.
Using those words, two Presidents have set up military tribunals which authorize detention of US citizens, use drone strikes to kill nearly 200 children in Pakistan, extraordinary rendition to subject people to torture, the NSA eavesdropping.
The Authorization for the Use of Military Force has even been cited by President Obama as giving him the power to kill US citizens without a trial.
The Authorization does not end. Last week, the House of Representatives voted against ending the authorization, and voted in particular not to end Guantanamo Bay or indefinite military detention.
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