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Rand Paul Official Statement on Foreign Relations Committee Meeting

Sen. Paul Statement on Foreign Relations Committee Meeting

Sep 4, 2013 - WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Senate Foreign Relations Committee today held a committee business meeting to address the potential authorization of use of military force in Syria and proceeded to discharge from committee a bill for full consideration of the Senate that would grant the President authorization to use military force in Syria.

Sen. Rand Paul, a member of the committee, offered the following statement in response.

"We are told there is no military solution in Syria, yet we are embarking on a military solution. The President has failed to demonstrate a compelling American national interest in the Syrian civil war.

"To be sure, there is a tragedy of a horrific nature in Syria, but I am unconvinced that a limited Syrian bombing campaign will achieve its intended goals. I frankly think that bombing Syria increases the likelihood of additional gas attacks, may increase attacks on Israel and turkey, may increase civilian deaths, may increase instability in the Middle East and may draw Russia and Iran further into this civil war.

"By pre-announcing a limited attack, we pre-announce limited effect.

"Our brave young soldiers should not be asked to risk their lives and limbs in a civil war with no certain ally. On the one hand, we have a tyrant who gassed his own people. On the other hand, we have radical Islamists and al-Qaida. When no compelling American interests exist, we should not intervene. No compelling interests exist in Syria."

During the meeting, Sen. Paul offered the following amendment for a vote.

It is the sense of the Senate that the President does not have the power under the Constitution to unilaterally authorize a military attack in a situation that does not involve stopping an actual or imminent threat to the nation.

The committee voted down this amendment 14-4.

Sen. Paul intends to press this issue in the full Senate next week as well. "It should be made explicit that the Constitution invested the power to go to war in Congress. Since the Administration refuses to say it will abide by this vote, win or lose, Congress should send a clear message," he continued.

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Gutless Wonders

Congress ceded its power to declare war and initiate the use of force long ago.

The wussies gave it all away because at least some knew and could convince the rest, that a consensus for war could rarely if ever be achieved in such a body.

But that was the whole point of that part of the Constitution, to make it very difficult to gain a consensus of We the People (represented by Congress) to delare war.

You screwed the pooch, Congress.

Gutless Wonders

Congress ceded its power to declare war and initiate the use of force long ago.

The wussies gave it all away because at least some knew and could convince the rest, that a consensus for war could rarely if ever be achieved in such a body.

But that was the whole point of that part of the Constitution, to make it very difficult to gain a consensus of We the People (represented by Congress) to declare war.

You screwed the pooch, Congress.

And don't blame me - I never voted for any of the bastards.

Although I disagree with

Although I disagree with Senator Paul's amendment, i.e. the exception granted to the POTUS for repelling an imminent attack without congressional approval, it's SHOCKING that 14 senators on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee voted against his lukewarm amendment. Even Rand's lax interpretation of the constitutional power to wage, i.e. the process of making and declaring, war was defeated. We, the people, really need to continue the rat-hunting in the US Congress. These infectious critters really are dangerous to this republic.

Wow and incredible

"On the one hand, we have a tyrant who gassed his own people."

Did they show him proof?

On the other hand we have a

On the other hand we have a President who "gasses" his people with bull feces.

And yet on even another hand,

we have the most Ardent Stand with Rand, (not so much anymore with his father), again absent to comment on a post.

I don't see people like McCain and our trolls as bad any more. I see us as bad to have allowed this to happen to a precious idea that was fought for by a lot of people.

That said, I'm one of the people that used to be in the matrix. The difference is, I respected the truth, and rejected evil when I woke up.