The war hawks of Washington D.C. have long relied on a single piece of legislation from over a decade ago in their quest to eliminate terror.
While the act in question provides the U.S. government with broad-ranging powers to declare and sustain war, as it pertains to ISIS, Al Qaeda, and any other possible terrorist threat, there are a few patriotic Americans in congress who believe that these wide strokes of the pen are not doing us any favors.
Specifically, there is concern among some of the Tea Party holdovers that the uninterrupted ability of our government to continually fight wars without the need for periodic reexamination falls far from the original intent of our founding fathers. One such republican is Rand Paul, son of celebrated libertarian Ron Paul.
“The Senate on Wednesday rejected a bipartisan push for a new war authorization against the Islamic State and other terrorist groups, electing to let the White House rely on a 16-year-old law passed after the Sept. 11 attacks as the legal basis to send U.S. troops into combat.
“Senators voted 61-36 scuttle an amendment to the annual defense policy bill by Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., that would have allowed war authorizations, created in the wake of al-Qaida’s 9/11 strikes, to lapse after six months. Paul, a leader of the GOP’s noninterventionist wing, said Congress would use the time to debate an updated war authority for operations in Iraq, Syria, Yemen and elsewhere before the old ones expired.
“Paul criticized his colleagues ahead of the vote, urging them to embrace their war-making responsibility instead of surrendering their power to the White House. He and senators who backed his amendment said former President Barack Obama and President Donald Trump have used the war authorizations from 2001 and 2002 for military operations in countries that Congress never voted to support.
“‘We are supposed to be a voice that debates and says, “Should we go to war?” It’s part of doing our job,’ Paul said. ‘It’s about grabbing power back and saying this is a Senate prerogative.'”
Of the senators that voted against the measure was John McCain, an aging congressional stalwart who has frequently found himself at odds with the republican party in 2017.
While this particular bill may be dead in the water for the time being, Paul’s continued efforts to bring sense back to the Senate have been a breath of fresh air in Washington D.C., as the nation comes to grips with an increasingly volatile threat of bipartisan neo-fascism on the left, and establishment cronies hidden in the nooks and crannies of the GOP.