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In U.N. Speech, Biden Says America Is Not at War for First Time in 20 Years. That's Just Not True.

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Scott Shackford | 9.21.2021 5:00 PM

In a wide-ranging speech at the United Nations today, President Joe Biden made a curious and inaccurate claim that the United States is no longer at war. Americans need to understand that even as we withdraw from Afghanistan, the U.S. is nowhere near on a peace footing.

Biden's speech (read the transcript here) focused significantly on "looking ahead." It dealt with climate change, fighting the spread of COVID-19, protecting infrastructure from cyberattacks, containing Iran and North Korea, and fighting new terror attacks.

Early in the speech, Biden noted that America (and the rest of the world) has "ended 20 years of conflict in Afghanistan." That's certainly true. But later, as he wrapped up the speech, Biden delivered this whopper:

I stand here today, for the first time in 20 years, the United States is not at war. We've turned the page. All the unmatched strength, energy, and commitment, will and resources of our nation, are now fully and squarely focused on what's ahead of us, not what was behind.

That is just simply not true. As commander in chief, Biden is still operating under the authority of the 2001 Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF), which, on paper, grants the president only........

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