AFGHANISTAN WAR: Should Congress Authorize an Attack on Terrorist Targets in Afghanistan?
Issue: Should the United States attack Afghanistan in response to the September 11, 2001, attacks?
Following the terrorist attacks on the United States on September 11, 2001, Congress debated how the nation should respond. Some legislators called the attacks an act of war and urged the United States to use military force against Afghanistan, the country that was harboring the terrorist group behind the attacks. Military force was justified, they argued, and would prevent future acts of terrorism. Opponents of using military force against Afghanistan called the attacks criminal actions by individuals, not an act of war by a nation. Attacking Afghanistan, they argued, would do nothing to end terrorism and only cause greater problems.
Let your students get the facts and decide for themselves: Should the United States use military force against Afghanistan in response to the September 11, 2001, attacks? Be sure to check out Issues & Controversies in American History‘s clear and unbiased examination of the Afghanistan War, including an overview video, photographs, maps and charts, a bibliography, timeline, primary sources, and related websites.
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