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Major Michael Brabish admitted that the 2002 Congressional Authorization for the Use of Military Force, under which the Oregon Guard is being sent to Iraq, is no longer valid. The Authorization was specifically for removing the Saddam Hussein regime as a threat to the United States and that has been done. Thus, there is not a legal basis for deploying the guard.
Major Brabish brought up the Status of Forces Agreement (SOFA) as justification for the deployment. But that is an agreement between the Bush Administration and the Iraqi Government. Congress has not approved it and only Congress can Authorize force.
There are many moral and financial arguments against sending the Oregon National guard to continue the US occupation of Iraq. There is also a safety argument that the guard and their equipment are needed here at home. Fortunately there is also a strong legal argument against their going.
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