Ron Paul explains how new legislation would give unconstitutional powers to the executive branch.
Ron Paul wrote an article today explaining how Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s new legislation would give unconstitutional and dangerous military power to the Obama administration.
While the general public was distracted by a snowstorm, McConnel operated behind the scenes to push a massive transfer of power from the legislative to the executive branch. He, along with resident RINO Senator Lindsey Graham are pushing for fast-track legislation that would grant President Obama the authority to deploy military personnel anywhere at anytime during a “national crisis.”
In his article, Paul said the bill would allow Obama to “wage unlimited war for as long as he or his successors may wish.”
“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.” Source
Dr. Paul also said that Obama has “far surpassed” his predecessor, George W. Bush in regards to conducting regime change in the Middle East without congressional approval.
“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.” Source
“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.
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?” Source
The bill put forward by Senate Majority Leader McConnel would effectively dissolve the separation of powers within government and lead to the adoption of dictatorial powers by the executive branch.
Legislation promising open-ended war authorization on foreign or domestic soil could also lead to endless wars perpetuated by either President Obama or a future authoritarian leader, for the sole purpose of benefiting the military industrial complex and eradicating civil liberties at home.