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    Every American condemns the atrocities in Syria, and we cannot help but be shaken by the images of innocent women and children dying. It is also true that often in foreign policy, things are not as simple as they appear, and actions often have consequences well beyond the obvious.

    It is for this very reason that the Founders wanted a deliberate, thoughtful foreign policy, and when military action was needed, they wanted it debated and authorized by Congress.

    Make no mistake, no matter who is president or what their party is, it is my firm belief that the president needs congressional authorization for military action, as required by the Constitution. I call on this president to come to Congress for a proper debate over our role in Syria, just as I did in 2013 when President Obama contemplated acting in Syria.

    I believe that nothing about this situation has changed. Military action is not in our national security interest and should not be authorized. Our prior interventions in this region have done nothing to make us safer, and Syria will be no different.

    There is no doubt Assad is a brutal dictator. But if we seek to remove him, we must ask what comes next. Assad is fighting radical Islamic rebels, including large parts of ISIS. Who would take over Syria if Assad is deposed? Experience in Libya tells us chaos could reign, and radical Islamists could control large parts of the country.

    Make no mistake, bombing Assad means the United States is fighting on the same side as ISIS and other radical Islamists in Syria. This is a dangerous and morally wrong policy.

    But no matter your view of the merits of engaging in Syria, every member of Congress should stand up today and reclaim our Constitutional authority over war.

    The Constitution clearly states that it is Congress that has the power to declare war, not the president. Even the War Powers Resolution, shoved forward by hawks as justification, clearly states criteria under which the president may act – a declaration of war, a specific statutory authorization, or a national emergency created by an attack on the United States.

    That’s it. Absent those criteria, the president has no authority to act without congressional authorization. Congress must stand up and assert its authority here and now.

    No president is above the law or the Constitution. I said so when it was Barack Obama, and I will say so when it is Donald Trump.

    Our Founding Fathers had this right, and we should heed their wisdom about allowing the president to have war powers. They were concerned the president could rule like a king.

    Madison wrote that the Constitution supposes what history demonstrates – that the executive is the branch most interested in war and most prone to it. The Constitution, therefore, with studied care, vested that power in the legislature.

    Before any act of war, we should have a serious and thoughtful debate over the ramifications.

    In Syria – what is our goal? What happens if we depose Assad? Will the Islamist rebels, as they have threatened, turn their weapons and attention elsewhere, including Israel next door?

    I will hold accountable and oppose the actions of any president who takes military action without proper legal authority and congressional consent.


    Republican Rand Paul represents Kentucky in the United States Senate.
    http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2017/...sh-to-war.html

    The comments are horrific:

    "Rand Paul is a libertarian dressed as a conservative. He thinks Americans want to live in a bubble, that's why he'll never get passed where he is. He wants the world to be flat with edges, that drop off."

    "Ummm Mr. Rand, opinions are like the sphincter muscle. Everyone's got one."

    "Rand's sour grapes attitude from losing the nomination still lingers in his head.....So glad you are not making the decisions Mr. Paul..... "

    "All the liberal Snowflakes now agree with Senator Paul......they have no idea why, but he's disagreeing with Trump's actions, so they agree with him. LOL What a bunch of sheep!"

    "Pulling up the draw bridge doesn't work, Rand"

    "Gas Rand Paul with Sarin and see if he has the same view after that. Scott"

    "The Middle Eastern people know only one way,,,,,,,,,,,,surrender or die"
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    Here are a few more gems from the comments:

    "C'mon Rand, you're supposed to be a "Lawmaker." Make some tougher laws then."

    " Congressional authority would be nice, but, this country is so divided politically, it would be hard to get anyone to agree even within party lines. No Mr. Paul, the president did not need your permission."
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    Time to $#@! or get off the pot. Time to call Trump before the Foreign Relations committee and ask him why he conducted an act of aggression against a foreign State without Congressional approval. Time to cal Trump before the Homeland Security and Government Affairs committee and ask him if he is aware that there is a Constitutional limit on the executive branch when it comes to war powers.
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    Quote Originally Posted by undergroundrr View Post
    http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2017/...sh-to-war.html

    The comments are horrific:

    "Rand Paul is a libertarian dressed as a conservative. He thinks Americans want to live in a bubble, that's why he'll never get passed where he is. He wants the world to be flat with edges, that drop off."

    "Ummm Mr. Rand, opinions are like the sphincter muscle. Everyone's got one."

    "Rand's sour grapes attitude from losing the nomination still lingers in his head.....So glad you are not making the decisions Mr. Paul..... "

    "All the liberal Snowflakes now agree with Senator Paul......they have no idea why, but he's disagreeing with Trump's actions, so they agree with him. LOL What a bunch of sheep!"

    "Pulling up the draw bridge doesn't work, Rand"

    "Gas Rand Paul with Sarin and see if he has the same view after that. Scott"

    "The Middle Eastern people know only one way,,,,,,,,,,,,surrender or die"
    Relax, these commentors represent the Republican types who hated Trump only a few days ago. Establushment lovers.

    As for the conservative base, go look at FreeRepublic...a lot of Trump distress and Paul elevation going on there right now.
    I was born in a welfare state/Ruled by bureaucracy/Controlled by civil servants/And people dressed in grey/Got no privacy, got no liberty/Cos the twentieth century people took it all away from me - Ray Davies






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