Barbara Lee Was the Only Congressperson to Oppose Military Force in Afghanistan

Shortly after the September 11th attacks, President George Bush demanded that congress pass a resolution that would allow the military to use force against those who were responsible for the attack.

Barbara Lee, a Black congresswoman from Oakland, California, was the only congressperson to vote no on a resolution that gave the United States power to attack anyone it so called please for the September 11th attacks.

Barbara Lee referred to the resolution as “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.” Lee added that “a rush to launch precipitous military counterattacks runs too great a risk that more innocent men, women, children will be killed.”

After Lee’s vote, she was called anti-American and received insults as well as death threats.

Though she stood alone at the time, “close to a majority of Americans now believes that the first war the AUMF [Authorization for Use of Military Force] was invoked to launch — the one in Afghanistan — was a mistake.”

Barbara Lee embodies what it means to advocate for what you believe in, even if it is not popular.

Via The Intercept