some rare praise from the Lexington Herald-Leader (editorial board)

Sen. Paul’s right to wage lonely fight to get Congress to revisit constitutional war powers

SEPTEMBER 19, 2017

Kentuckians can be proud that Sen. Rand Paul continues to lead the lonely fight to get the U.S. Senate to revisit the 16-year-old war powers authorization — approved in the aftermath of 9/11 — that has been used by three presidents to wage war in seven countries, expending thousands of lives and trillions of dollars.

Paul’s proposal, offered as an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act, would have repealed the Authorization to Use Military Force (AUMF) passed in 2001, along with another passed in 2002, that have served as the legal basis for the ongoing military presence in Afghanistan and Iraq as well as military operations elsewhere aimed at combating ISIS and other terrorist organizations.

If it had passed, there would have been a six-month delay to give Congress time to investigate and debate the issue and pass a new authorization, if it chose.

Paul had to work hard to even get a vote on the measure, which was tabled on a 61 to 36 vote. One of his supporters was Tim Kaine, the Democratic senator from Virginia who was Hillary Clinton’s running mate last year. “Of all the powers Congress has, the one that we should most jealously guard is the power to declare war,” Kaine said.

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