Speaking at Commerce Lexington's Public Policy Luncheon on Sunday, Republican Senator and Tea Party favorite Rand Paul spoke out about how a president should go to war.
Republican Senator and Tea Party favorite Rand Paul spoke at the Commerce Lexington Public Policy Luncheon on Sunday, addressing a wide range of issues and making clear his concerns on the US government's methodologies for going to war.
"I think when you go to war you should go to war with congressional authority," Senator Paul said. "I think its a big mistake and its a very bad precedent to allow a to be fought with no vote in Congress. Now, it also shows you the hypocrisy of the way politics goes. Many on the left criticized Bush to no end about the Iraq war. In fact, I wasn't in favor of going to Iraq. But at the very least, Bush came to Congress and we voted before going to Afghanistan and Congress voted before going to Iraq."
Senator Paul was referring to President Obama's decision to enter militarily into Libya's civil war without first conferring adequately with Congress, an action that inspired fellow Democrat Dennis Kucinich to question whether or not Obama could face impeachment procedures, as was reported in Digital Journal.
"But now we're involved in a third war in which no vote happened," Paul continued. "So, we took the president's own words: the president said as a candidate in 2007 that we should never give the president unilateral power to go to war without congressional authority unless we're in danger of imminent attack. I took his words and put them into a resolution on the floor. It didn't make the Democrats very happy, but we had them vote on it and they simply voted no because they were embarrassed by it. But it points out the hypocrisy of the way the town goes."
The war in Libya has morphed considerably from a humanitarian mission in applying no-fly zones upon Colonel Gaddafi's forces to an open support for the rebels who are fighting against the Gaddafi government. The changing objectives of Western nations participating in the Libyan war led to an editorial series in The Guardian that is designed to explore the mission creep in Libya.
"Britain is now publicly doing what it expressly said it would not do when the no-fly intervention began: putting boots on the ground in Libya. France is taking similar action," Simon Tisdall wrote in The Guardian.
While President Obama promised to disallow American troops from entering Libya, there remain no clear timetables on when the NATO-led coalition will cease its bombing raids on Libya's military.