I find it unbelievable that if the President came before a joint session of Congress and asked for a use of force that he wouldn’t get a vote. I find it unthinkable. There is absolutely no way that you can imagine that he would not get a vote if he asked for it,” Paul told Kerry during the ISIS strategy hearing Wednesday.
C’mon. Is it that crazy for the President to, um, go to Congress?
It is a little strange,” Daniel Larison pointed out on The American Conservative last week, “that Obama wouldn’t ask for a new authorization specifically for attacking ISIS, since Congress and the public would appear to be behind the war at the moment.”
That wasn’t it for Kerry though. Sen. Bob Corker (R-TN) also dug in deep about seeking congressional authority:
We have three senators — the president, vice president, and secretary of State — that are exercising terrible judgment right now.”
“To say that you’re going to do this, regardless of what we say, you’re not going to ask for buy-in by the United States Senate or House of Representatives on behalf of the American people, in a conflict that you say is going to be multi-year, some people say a decade, taking us into another country with a different enemy, is exercising the worst judgment possible,” he said.
According to The Blaze, Corker essentially accused Kerry of claiming to want new authority, but at the same time being unwilling to actually work with Congress on new language, and said his comments show the administration is playing a ‘political game.'”
When it comes down to it, people are afraid, alright, but not of ISIS:
So really let’s be honest,” stated Paul. “Politics are engaged here. People don’t want to have a vote before the election. They’re afraid of this vote. People are petrified, not of the enemy, petrified of the electorate. And that’s why we’re not having the vote.”
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