Congress shouldn't have passed the measure that gives the president wide military powers to pursue al-Qaeda and the Taliban in the first place and 12 years later a repeal is long overdue.
Phyllis Bennis directs the New Internationalism Project at the Institute for Policy Studies. She is also a fellow of the Transnational Institute in Amsterdam, as well as a writer, analyst, and activist on Middle East and UN issues. In 2001 she helped found and remains on the steering committee of the U.S. Campaign to End Israeli Occupation. She works closely with the United for Peace and Justice anti-war coalition, co-chairs the UN-based International Coordinating Network on Palestine, and since 2002 has played an active role in the growing global peace movement. She continues to serve as an adviser to several top UN officials on Middle East and UN democratization issues.
He proved that progressives without much money could win statewide elections.
With vast oil reserves but a deeply divided country, Libya is vulnerable to outside powers after Gaddafi's death.
With too many Iraqi deaths and too many tax dollars, it's still a "dumb war."
This could have been a moment to replace vengeance with cooperation, replace war with justice.
Libyan protesters asked for help, but the military attacks they're getting may actually create a whole new set of problems that could last a very long time.