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09-05-2013, 04:10 PM
another homerun editorial by Senator Paul

RAND PAUL: No explanation for a questionable intervention
Even if not a war in the ‘classic sense,’ it would be a mistake

By Sen. Rand Paul
Thursday, September 5, 2013

In 1971, Navy Lt. John F. Kerry asked the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, “How do you ask a man to be the last man to die for a mistake?”
How do you ask a man to be the first man to die for a mistake?

This week, Secretary of State John F. Kerry came before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee to make his case for war with Syria — a war that a majority of Americans don’t want, the administration still can’t clearly justify and for which Mr. Kerry himself made a very poor case.

A war that Mr. Kerry even refuses to call a war — at least not in the “classic sense,” he assures us.

The American people certainly see this as a potential new war, and the country is war-weary. After well over a decade in Iraq and Afghanistan, they are not eager to commit to another questionable intervention. Americans also know that whatever assurances this administration pretends it can give — that there will not be boots on the ground, that this will not be a protracted engagement — are all negotiable once the war actually begins.

The Washington Examiner’s Tim Carney writes: “Some members of Congress say they’ll support a limited strike on Syria. But this is a fantasy. It relies on limiting two things that naturally defy limit: war and presidential power.”


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