Ocasio-Cortez: America Should Not Have Authorized Military Force in Response to 9/11 Attacks

In a series of late-night tweets, Democrat Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez argued Monday that the United States shouldn’t have authorized military force against those behind the 9/11 attacks.

Ocasio-Cortez was responding to a social media post by Rep. Juan Vargas (D-CA) criticizing Rep. Ilhan Omar for a series of recent anti-Semitic comments.

“It is disturbing that Rep. Omar continues to perpetuate hurtful anti-Semitic stereotypes that misrepresent our Jewish community,” Vargas stated. “Additionally, questioning support for the U.S.-Israel relationship is unacceptable.”

The New York socialist objected to the notion that one cannot question foreign policy, incorrectly claiming both major political parties were in agreement in ratifying an Authorization to Use Military Force (AUMF) for the Iraq War.

Shouldn’t Have Responded to Terrorist Attack

Lee was actually the lone dissenter on an AUMF voted on in the aftermath of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. The Iraq War resolution was objected by more lawmakers, passing the House by a vote of 297-133, and the Senate 77-23.

Ocasio-Cortez later corrected her tweet by saying it was the war in Afghanistan she was referring to, adding that “we shouldn’t have been in either” war.

The AUMF Lee objected to was voted on Septemeber 14th, 2001, just days after Osama Bin Laden and al Qaeda murdered thousands of Americans on U.S. soil.

The History Channel explains why the AUMF was key in fighting back against the terrorist organization that had just declared war on America at the time.

“Almost 3,000 people were killed during the 9/11 terrorist attacks, which triggered major U.S. initiatives to combat terrorism and defined the presidency of George W. Bush,” the site teaches.

History Lesson

Whatever point Ocasio-Cortez is trying to make in debating military action against the perpetrators of 9/11, she is sorely lacking in historical acumen.

Nobody debated the need for military action against al Qaeda in 2001 because it was an essential response to an act of war. Even Barbara Lee agreed, opposing the AUMF on grounds that it was too broad in allowing the President to take action further down the line, not because she opposed an actual military response.

“Like everyone throughout our country, I am repulsed and angered by these attacks and believe all appropriate steps must be taken to bring the perpetrators to justice,” Lee wrote in the San Francisco Chronicle at the time.

“We must prevent any future such attacks. That is the highest obligation of our federal, state and local governments. On this, we are united as a nation.”

We were united as a nation, anyway. Perhaps Ocasio-Cortez, who was just 11-years old at the time, could use a history lesson.

Rusty Weiss has been covering politics for over 15 years. His writings have appeared in the Daily Caller, Fox... More about Rusty Weiss

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