Ocasio-Cortez Gets Smacked with Criticism for Her ‘Ignorant’ Comments on US Response to 9/11 Attacks

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Freshman Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is getting hit with criticism for her continued controversial statements as she suggests there shouldn’t have been U.S. force used post-9/11 attacks and called for an end to the Authorization to Use Military Force (AUMF).

After first defending Rep. Ilhan Omar’s (D-N.Y.) for her anti-semitic comments, the self-described democratic socialist went on a tweet rant late Monday where she questioned Rep. Juan Vargas (D-Calif.) if he “will further explain his stance here that it’s unacceptable to even *question* US foreign policy.”

Ocasio-Cortez went on to claim, “I remember a time when it was ‘unacceptable’ to question the Iraq War,” adding, “All of Congress was wrong, including both GOP & Dem Party, and led my generation into a disastrous + wrong war that virtually all would come to regret, except for the one member who stood up: Barbara Lee.”

She then corrected herself that she was talking about the Afghanistan War, adding, “but honestly we shouldn’t have been in either, and we should end the AUMF now while we’re at it.”

AUMF passed on Sept. 14, 2001, to allow the president “to use all necessary and appropriate force against those nations, organizations, or persons he determines planned, authorized, committed, or aided the terrorist attacks that occurred on Sept. 11, 2001, or harbored such organizations or persons,” according to The Hill.

The freshman representative got hit with criticism by Amherst College professor Mark Jacobson over her “ignorant” remark regarding the 9/11 attacks.

“I realize you were ten years old on 9/11 but do you truly understand why the Manhattan skyline looks the way it does and that Afghanistan not = IRAQ?” he wrote on Twitter. “I may not agree w/most of your views but don’t be ignorant of history like GOP. Do better.”

Others also swiped back Ocasio-Cortez’s remark:

The New York representative’s remark drew questions from CNN’s Jake Tapper on what she thinks should have been done instead: “Congresswoman, could you please explain more about what you think the US should have done post-9/11 regarding Afghanistan? Should there not have been any NATO/US action versus AQ/Taliban in your view? A limited one? What would you have supported?”

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Screwtape
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Sweetie, your ignorance of topics in your ALLEGED degrees of economics and international relations are bring into question your pedigree and Boston U.
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Now you are attacking those within your own party. It’s ignorance to a higher power. Either Nancy is afraid of your media power or she’s giving you enough rope to hang youself. I hope you run in 2020. Maybe your party will relax the age requirements so a spoiled, ignorant, child can run.

KhyberRifle
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There are many ignorant people as Prof. Jacobson reminds us; that’s not our fault. It is our fault one slipped into a position of legislative importance.

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