Visitors gather around President Barack Obama, center, during his visit to Arlington on Memorial Day 2013. (Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP)The war in Iraq is over, everybody knows that. “I promised to end the war in Iraq—and I did” was one of President Barack Obama’s best-received stump speech applause lines last year.
Except it’s not. First, most obviously, because bombings and other acts of violence have killed more than 2,000 people there this year, as detailed in this amazing Agence France-Presse analysis. Pressed on that point last year by Yahoo News, White House press secretary Jay Carney said: "The president promised to responsibly end our war in Iraq, the United States military operation in Iraq. He did that and our troops came home."
Except that "our war" isn't technically over either: The "Authorization for Use of Military Force" in Iraq, signed into law on Oct. 16, 2002, is still the law of the land. (H/t to independent national-security writer Marcy Wheeler, who follows this issue—and many others—closely.)
Republican Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky is expected to offer legislation this year to repeal the Iraq AUMF.Read More »from Congress struggles with ending the war in Afghanistan … and in Iraq?