Repealing the AUMF has been one of Paul’s priorities but he’s faced difficulties in doing so through an alliance of hawks in both the Republicans and the Democrats, John Kerry being an especially vocal supporter of intervention. It seems that the elusive bipartisanship that I’ve been calling for is something that is no problem when it comes to fighting.
Rand Paul notes in The Daily Beast that:
Prominent Republicans from the interventionist wing of the party parrot and applaud Kerry’s position. If ever there was too much bipartisanship, it would be the bipartisan acceptance of unlimited presidential war-making power.
This isn’t just a battle against Islamic State but a battle between the executive and legislative powers of the United States government. Historically it is Congress that has the authority to declare war, but recently the executive has just been spraying missiles with abandon. Paul wants to strictly limit the conflict in Iraq to fighting the Islamic State only when U.S. embassies and individuals are threatened or when there is a high value target. This is much different to the powers granted in AUMF which is a rather blanket approach to what has become a fluid and mobile problem.
Written by Abiezer Coppe
(Photo courtesy of Gage Skidmore, CC BY-SA 2.0)
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