This week, Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.) introduced a measure that would allow the United States military to fight Russia if its troops employ biological, chemical, or nuclear weapons in Ukraine.
During a CBS interview, Kinzinger said that any such assault on Ukraine would be a “clear red line.” He explained that if his proposal to Congress passed, it would give President Joe Biden the authority to allow the United States to provide military aid to Ukraine.
According to the New York Post, Kinzinger stated, “I don’t believe we need to apply military force in Ukraine at this time. I just introduced a AUMF, an authorization for the use of military force, which gives the president essential congressional power to utilize it if WMDs — nuclear, biological, or chemical — are used in Ukraine.”
“It will give Biden leverage, and it will serve as a deterrent to Russian Pres. Vladimir Putin,” Kinzinger said.
“It won’t force the president to use military force,” Kinzinger declared. “It just states that if WMDs are utilized, he has the upper hand. It gives him more flexibility while also serving as a deterrent to Vladimir Putin.”
Congressman Kinzinger made a statement on his official Congressional Twitter account shortly after his appearance on CBS, which read, “Words matter, but our actions do too. I’m proposing this AUMF as a clear redline so that the president can take necessary action if Russia uses biological, chemical, or nuclear weapons. We must defend humanity and stand by our allies.”
“Words matter, but so do our actions. I’m proposing this AUMF as a redline to ensure that if Russia uses chemical, biological, or nuclear weapons, @POTUS is able to take action. We must defend humanity and support our allies.”
An AUMF was passed by Congress in the immediate aftermath of the 9/11 attacks. In doing so, the national legislature gave former President George W. Bush authorization to send troops into combat against terror organizations responsible for the assaults.
The Authorization for the Use of Military Force (AUMF) passed by Congress in 2002 to authorize the invasion of Iraq is similar.