Gunny G: Dr Ron Paul: Many of my colleagues who stood by as then-President Bush used the military as a kind of king’s army are now calling for Congress to act against this president for openly admitting that is his intent. I agree it is time for Congressional action in response to these attacks on our Constitution, but the solution is simple and Constitutional. The solution is simply voting to withhold funds, since Congress has the power of the purse. No money for undeclared wars!
While Senator Sessions expressed surprise at the casual audacity of Panetta in making this statement, in reality his was just a bluntly stated explanation of what has been, de facto, the case for many years. When President Obama committed the US military to a pre-emptive war against Libya last year, for example, Congress was kept completely out of the process. Likewise, military action in Iraq, Pakistan, Somalia, Yemen, and so on, proceed without a Congressional declaration. In fact, we haven’t had a proper, constitutional declaration of war since 1942, yet the US military has been engaged in Korea, Lebanon, Iraq, Bosnia, Liberia, Haiti, and Libya with only UN resolutions as the authority. Congress’s only role has been authorizing funds, which it always does without question, because one must “support the troops”.
Of course we should reserve our harshest criticism for Congress rather than the Administration. If the people’s branch of government abrogates its Constitutional authority to the Executive branch, who is to blame? Who is to blame that Congress as a body will not stand up and demand that the president treat the Constitution as more than an anachronistic piece of paper, or merely a set of aspirations and guidelines? The Constitution is the law of the land and for Congress to allow it to be flouted speaks as badly about Congress as it does about a president who seeks to do the flouting.
Just last week the administration announced that it would begin providing material support to the rebels who seek to overthrow the Syrian government. Was Congress involved in this decision to take sides in what may develop into a full-fledged civil war? And what of reports that US special forces may already be operating inside Syria? Still, Congress sits silently as its authority is undermined. Does anybody really wonder why approval numbers for Congress are so low?
Many of my colleagues who stood by as then-President Bush used the military as a kind of king’s army are now calling for Congress to act against this president for openly admitting that is his intent. I agree it is time for Congressional action in response to these attacks on our Constitution, but the solution is simple and Constitutional. The solution is simply voting to withhold funds, since Congress has the power of the purse. No money for undeclared wars!
- (“Congressman Jones introduces bill that would subject Panetta & Obama to impeachment”) Prison Planet.com ” Coup D’etat: Pentagon & Obama Declare Congress Ceremonial (gunnyg.wordpress.com)
- Prison Planet.com ” The Cat’s Out of The Bag: Obama Administration And Shadow Government Admit Congress Doesn’t Matter (gunnyg.wordpress.com)
- Prison Planet.com ” Feds’ power grab must be stopped (gunnyg.wordpress.com)
- An Administration Gone Rogue (alethonews.wordpress.com)
- (“The United States has ceded control of its affairs to international bureaucrats”) Pentagon Launches Desperate Damage Control Over Shocking Panetta Testimony (gunnyg.wordpress.com)
- What Were the Founding Fathers Thinking!?!? (waronterrornews.typepad.com)
- RT: ‘Impeach Obama’ Bill: Use of military without Congress approval ‘high crime’ (jhaines6.wordpress.com)
- War! What Is It Good for? (lewrockwell.com)
- Prison Planet.com ” Ron Paul Moves to Kill Indefinite Detention Provision of NDAA (gunnyg.wordpress.com)
- The UN & NATO authorize our wars, not Congress (geneveith.com)