by Janet Weil
Here’s one CODEPINK activist’s annotation of portions of President Obama’s request for a new Authorization to Use Military Force (AUMF) against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). You can watch Obama’s speech in full here and read the proposed AUMF text here.
Obama: “My fellow Americans – tonight, I want to speak to you about what the United States will do with our friends and allies to degrade and ultimately destroy the terrorist group known as ISIL.”
CODEPINK: “Degrade and destroy” we’ve heard that before re the Taliban and Al-Qaeda…
These “friends and allies” include the misogynistic monarchy of Saudi Arabia and the repressive government of Turkey, which has carried out decades-long campaigns of terror against the Kurdish people.