[Rushtalk] Congress is Writing the President a Blank Check for War

John A. Quayle blueoval57 at verizon.net
Thu Jun 9 13:13:16 MDT 2016


         And the Republican Party continues to roll on and not get 
it. Nobody stands in opposition to Obama, even though the American 
public CLEARLY demands it!    -  jaq




At 11:59 AM 6/9/2016, Carl wrote:

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><http://ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/featured-articles/2016/january/24/congress-is-writing-the-president-a-blank-check-for-war/>By 
>Ron Paul | January 24, 2016
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>While the Washington snowstorm dominated news coverage this week, 
>Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell was operating behind the 
>scenes to rush through the Senate what may be the most massive 
>transfer of power from the Legislative to the Executive branch in 
>our history. The senior Senator from Kentucky is scheming, along 
>with Sen. Lindsey Graham, to bypass normal Senate procedure to 
>fast-track legislation to grant the president the authority to wage 
>unlimited war for as long as he or his successors may wish.
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>The legislation makes the unconstitutional Iraq War authorization of 
>2002 look like a walk in the park. It will allow this president and 
>future presidents to wage war against ISIS without restrictions on 
>time, geographic scope, or the use of ground troops. It is a 
>completely open-ended authorization for the president to use the 
>military as he wishes for as long as he (or she) wishes. Even 
>President Obama has expressed concern over how willing Congress is 
>to hand him unlimited power to wage war.
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>President Obama has already far surpassed even his predecessor, 
>George W. Bush, in taking the country to war without even the fig 
>leaf of an authorization. In 2011 the president invaded Libya, 
>overthrew its government, and oversaw the assassination of its 
>leader, without even bothering to ask for Congressional approval. 
>Instead of impeachment, which he deserved for the disastrous Libya 
>invasion, Congress said nothing. House Republicans only managed to 
>bring the subject up when they thought they might gain political 
>points exploiting the killing of US Ambassador Chris Stevens in Benghazi.
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>It is becoming more clear that Washington plans to expand its war in 
>the Middle East. Last week the media reported that the US military 
>had taken over an air base in eastern Syria, and Defense Secretary 
>Ashton Carter said that the US would send in the 101st Airborne 
>Division to retake Mosul in Iraq and to attack ISIS headquarters in 
>Raqqa, Syria. Then on Saturday, Vice President Joe Biden said that 
>if the upcoming peace talks in Geneva are not successful, the US is 
>prepared for a massive military intervention in Syria. Such an 
>action would likely place the US military face to face with the 
>Russian military, whose assistance was requested by the Syrian 
>government. In contrast, we must remember that the US military is 
>operating in Syria in violation of international law.
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>The prospects of such an escalation are not all that far-fetched. At 
>the insistence of Saudi Arabia and with US backing, the 
>representatives of the Syrian opposition at the Geneva peace talks 
>will include members of the Army of Islam, which has fought with 
>al-Qaeda in Syria. Does anyone expect these kinds of people to 
>compromise? Isn't al-Qaeda supposed to be our enemy?
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>The purpose of the Legislative branch of our government is to 
>restrict the Executive branch's power. The Founders understood that 
>an all-powerful king who could wage war at will was the greatest 
>threat to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. That is why 
>they created a people's branch, the Congress, to prevent the 
>emergence of an all-powerful autocrat to drag the country to endless 
>war. Sadly, Congress is surrendering its power to declare war.
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>Let's be clear: If Senate Majority Leader McConnell succeeds in 
>passing this open-ended war authorization, the US Constitution will 
>be all but a dead letter.
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