Anti-Imperialism/Foreign Policy

20 Years Later: Barbara Lee Was the Only Sane Voice After 9/11

I was with her. I knew she was right at the time and that the Afghan war would turn out more or less as it did. Anybody with a basic knowledge of that region of the world could have figured it out.

Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA) cast the only vote against the Authorization for Use of Military Force in 2001, following the 9/11 attacks. The Authorization gave George W. Bush’s administration carte blanche to wage a nebulous and, as we now know, frequently secretive and incredibly broad ranging “war on terror” that had nothing to do with the events of 9/11. Writer Luke Savage joins Ben Burgis to discuss the fact that Barbara Lee was right, and everyone else was wrong.

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