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Sen. Paul Blocks New Iran Sanctions

Sen. Paul Blocks New Iran Sanctions

Demands Amendment to Stop Administration’s Unilateral Use of Force

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Sen. Rand Paul took to the Senate floor to oppose unanimous consent of a new set of sanctions on Iran and introduced an amendment that would ensure that nothing in the act shall be construed as a declaration of war or an authorization of the use of force against Iran or Syria, and that any such use of force must be authorized by Congress.

Below is video and transcript of that exchange.



Reserving the right to object, I’m amazed the Majority Party objects to an amendment which simply restates the Constitution.

Our Founding Fathers were quite concerned about giving the power declare war to the Executive. They were quite concerned that the Executive could become like a king.

Many in this body cannot get boots on ground fast enough in a variety of places, from Syria to Libya to Iran. We don’t just send boots to war. We send our young Americans to war. Our young men and women, our soldiers, deserve thoughtful debate.

Before sending our young men and women into combat, we should have a mature and thoughtful debate over the ramifications of and over the authorization of war and over the motives of the war.

James 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.

My amendment is one sentence long. It states that nothing in this act is to be construed as a declaration of war or as an authorization of the use of force in Iran or Syria. I urge that we not begin a new war without a full debate, without a vote, without careful consideration of the ramifications of a third or even a fourth war in this past decade. I, therefore, respectively object.

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Rand just went up a notch for me... While I still dislike his positions on this and other things in general, and while he has about 100 notches to go up before I would consider supporting him like Ron, at least he is moving in a better direction now.

He must be willing to oppose the GOP when they are wrong. And he must come to understand that the use of force is not acceptable.

Sanctions are force against both the targeted nations and the citizens of the enacting nations.

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I agree.....unfortunately, we

I agree.....unfortunately, we haven't been able to rely on him thus far. He needs to build a consistent track record in foreign policy. The way things are shaping up he will have plenty of time to do it before the convention. Let's hope that he is turning over a new leaf.

Hope Robert Paul gets in

Hope Robert Paul gets in also.

More good news from Rand.

More good news from Rand. Here's an interesting tidbit from Politico. Note that Mike Lee's name is missing:

"And 43 Republican senators have put Obama on notice: “We will oppose any efforts by your administration to arbitrarily limit our missile defense capabilities or pursue ill-advised nuclear arms reductions,” they wrote in a letter to the president.

The letter was missing the signatures of four GOP senators: Scott Brown, Lamar Alexander, Thad Cochran and Rand Paul. (salute: DEFCON Hill http://bit.ly/GVYCnw)"

I think Rand is learning a lesson on this one...

that Pops tried to teach him...

Kudos to Rand! I just hope

Kudos to Rand! I just hope that this is the beginning of a turnround. Up to now, we've never known for sure what he will do.

Sanctions are NOT an act of war unless...

Sanctions are NOT an act of war in-and-of themselves unless the country they are opposed upon considers them as such.

Cool, but...

Sanctions ARE a declaration of war. All sanctions do is inflict poverty on the PEOPLE of Iran. Sanctions rely on two things. Either that the leaders of the country will bow to the wishes of the US in the interest of alleviating the pain of their people, or the Iranian people will do Washington's dirty work and overthrow their own government. It's a pathetic low blow that victimizes the poorest of Iran who have absolutely NOTHING to do with Iran's supposed nuclear program. Add to this that Iran most likely really is just trying to provide electricity to its people, and what you have is an aggressive assault on the sovereignty of a peaceful nation. How are these subversive and destructive tactics considered anything other than WAR? I wouldn't expect any more from most Senators, but Rand knows better.

Sanctions always lead to war,

Sanctions always lead to war, but there is a process for declaration of war, so technically, sanctions are not an official declaration of war. That being said, I agree with everything else you said. But that's really the whole point. If we are to engage in acts of war, such as sanctions, we need to DECLARE it.

Very well said! All

Very well said! All sanctions have ever done is strengthen the regimes Washington wanted removed. They assured Castro remained in power, they assured Sadaam Hussein remained in power and they did nothing but hurt the common people.

Don't forget that they were a major reason...

...Benito Mussolini joined the axis powers in WWII. Even though Mussolini was a fascist, he didn't like Hitler very much. When he invaded Ethiopia, the League of Nations imposed sanctions (one of the first times economic sanctions were used) on Italy. That pushed Mussolini over the edge.

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Regardless of the moral implications, they don't even work! The people realize what the US is doing and unite behind their government, even when they weren't supporters before sanctions.

amen!!!! the best reply so

amen!!!! the best reply so far!!!! wake up people

juan maldonado

I didn't like that last video of Rand.

I liked this one much better.

OKay, I'm diggin this move

I was a little put off because of my perception of his take on war.

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No wonder. . .

our local establishment republicans kept on asking about RAND Paul at Lincoln Day Dinner a couple of weeks ago.

He is attracting many more than us, faithful RonPaulians.

Very proud of him!

Thank you, Rand Paul!
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Wow! A politician that

Wow! A politician that listens to the people!?

Why aren't there more? :/

I hope we helped him

come to his senses. This is wonderful.

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Damn Well Right

Good work Rand. I did a blog about this a couple weeks ago talking about the attempted Iran sanctions and how all it does is impact the populace and not the ruling party, making them turn against the US. Check it if ya want. http://lionsofliberty.blogspot.com/2012/03/obama-doesnt-bluf...


Rand! Keep it up man.


Take that, Rand haters!

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Ok, I will give him his due on this one..

but come on, why vote for sanctions in the first place?!

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I asked him

I sent Rand Paul an email asking him that very question. Surprisingly I got a response, here it is...

Thank you for taking the time to contact me regarding your concerns about Iran. I appreciate hearing your thoughts on this issue.

On Aug. 9, 2011, I joined 91 of my Senate colleagues in signing a letter requesting that President Obama and the Treasury Department impose stricter financial sanctions on the Central Bank of Iran. Originally sanctioned as a state sponsor of international terrorism by the State Department in 1984, Iran's radical leadership frequently employs hostile rhetoric in public and continues to violate countless international and bilateral sanctions by pursuing uranium enrichment and ballistic missile programs.

I sympathize with people who are fighting to overthrow tyrannical regimes and I condemn the Iranian government's repression of its people, but we must recognize the limits of our ability to influence every global matter. My support of these additional sanctions is meant to further restrict the Iranian regime's ability to finance regional terrorism-not to force regime change. The United States should promote freedom, encourage trade and invite those willing to participate in peace to benefit from its prosperity. At the same time, if we wish to have our sovereignty and the sovereignty of our allies respected, we need to respect the sovereignty of other nations as well.

Rest assured as this issue continues to be debated in the Senate, I will keep your thoughts in mind.

wow! i appreciate the fact

wow! i appreciate the fact that he wrote you, but i freaken hate the answer he gave you! anybody else agree with me or dr. paul? i dont know about this guy man...

juan maldonado

I don't agree with Dr. (Rand) Paul

I don't agree with Dr. (Rand) Paul. I was glad to hear that he wasn't promoting regime change because nothing will do that, short of war, and he would be naive to think so.

I personally don't think sanctions will prevent any state sponsored terrorism. Rand seems to think so and he may have info that we don't so I am willing to give him some wiggle room on this. But the bottom line is that sanctions
1. Hurt the common citizens
2. Rally people around the oppressed regime
3. Incite hatred towards the aggressor countries
4. Do not accomplish their intent

I don't recall Castro being thrown out of power when we started sanctions on Cuba. To the contrary he remained in power longer than many leaders in modern history.

Thanks for sharing.

Thanks for sharing.

iknow right! why? somebody

iknow right! why? somebody answer that. does anyone know why

juan maldonado

The only thing I can figure

The only thing I can figure is he might have reasoned there would be a bigger push for war coming down the pike since they are so eager to get boots on the ground in the first place. I don't know. But I'm relieved and glad he has come through on this now.