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Rome's "Empire Without End" and the "Endless" U.S. War on Terror

•, Nandini Pandey

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.

Three days after 9/11, as the Twin Towers continued to burn, a near-unanimous United States Congress passed the Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF). The lone dissenter, Representative Barbara Lee, warned that the resolution gave a "blank check to the president to attack anyone involved in the Sept. 11 events?—?anywhere, in any country, without regard to our nation's long-term foreign policy, economic and national security interests, and without time limit."

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