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IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
Wednesday, January 17, 2007
2007 Ron Paul 18:1
Mr. PAUL. Madam Speaker, I would like to place the following article written by eminent conservative commentator Patrick Buchanan into the CONGRESSIONAL RECORD. In this fine op-ed, Mr. Buchanan makes reference to the recent efforts by my colleague and good friend, Rep. WALTER JONES, JR, to derail the march to war with Iran. I am very pleased to have been an original co-sponsor of the legislation referenced by Mr. Buchanan, H.J. Res. 14, which puts forth the very simple idea that if we are going to have a war with Iran we must follow the Constitution. The resolution clarifies the fact that the President shall consult with Congress, and receive specific authorization pursuant to law from Congress, prior to initiating any use of military force against Iran. I hope my colleagues will read this article closely and consider what Mr. Buchanan has written — and what Rep. JONES is trying to do.
2007 Ron Paul 18:2
MR. BUSH, MEET WALTER JONES
(By Patrick J. Buchanan)
2007 Ron Paul 18:3
We are there because a Democratic Senate voted to give Bush a blank check for war. Democrats in October 2002 wanted the war vote behind them so they could go home and campaign as pro-war patriots.
2007 Ron Paul 18:4
And because they did, 3,000 Americans are dead, 25,000 are wounded, perhaps 100,000 Iraqis have lost their lives, 1.6 million have fled, $400 billion has been lost, and America stands on the precipice of the worst strategic defeat in her history.
2007 Ron Paul 18:5
Yet, Sens. Clinton, Biden, Kerry, and Edwards — all of whom voted to give Bush his blank check — are now competing to succeed him. And how do they justify what they did?
2007 Ron Paul 18:6
If only we had known then what we know now, they plead, we would never have voted for the war. They are thus confessing to dereliction in the highest duty the Founding Fathers gave Congress. They voted to cede to a president their power to take us to war.
2007 Ron Paul 18:7
Now they wash their hands of it all and say, Its Bushs war! And now George Bush has another war in mind.
2007 Ron Paul 18:8
In his Jan. 11 address, Bush said that to defend the territorial integrity of Iraq, the United States must address Iran and Syria.
2007 Ron Paul 18:9
These two regimes are allowing terrorists and insurgents to use their territory to move in and out of Iraq. Iran is providing material support for attacks on American troops. We will disrupt the attacks on our forces. We will interrupt the flow of support from Iran and Syria. And we will seek out and destroy the networks providing advanced weaponry and training to our enemies in Iraq.
2007 Ron Paul 18:10
The city sat bolt upright. If Bush was talking about Iranian agents inside Iraq, he has no need of a second aircraft carrier in the Gulf, nor for those Patriot missiles he is sending to our allies.
2007 Ron Paul 18:11
But does Bush have the authority to take us to war against Iran?
2007 Ron Paul 18:12
On ABC last Sunday, National Security Adviser Stephen Hadley, while denying Bush intends to attack Iran, nonetheless did not deny Bush had the authority to escalate the war — right into Iran.
2007 Ron Paul 18:13
George Stephanopoulos: So you dont believe you have the authority to go into Iran?
2007 Ron Paul 18:14
Stephen Hadley: I didnt say that. That is another issue. Any time you have questions about crossing international borders, there are legal questions.
2007 Ron Paul 18:15
Any doubt how Attorney General Gonzales would come down on those legal questions? Any doubt how the Supreme Court would rule?
2007 Ron Paul 18:16
Biden sputters that should Bush attack Iran, a constitutional crisis would ensue.
2007 Ron Paul 18:17
I dont believe it. If tomorrow Bush took out Irans nuclear facilities, would a Senate that lacks the courage to cut funds for an unpopular war really impeach him for denying a nuclear capability to Mahmoud Ahmadinejad? Bushs lawyers would make the same case Nixon made for the 1970 incursion into Cambodia — and even a Nixon- hating Democratic House did not dare to impeach him for that.
2007 Ron Paul 18:18
Bushs contempt for Congress is manifest and, frankly, justified.
2007 Ron Paul 18:19
Asked if Congress could stop him from surging 21,500 troops into Iraq, Bush on 60 Minutes brushed aside Congress as irrelevant.
2007 Ron Paul 18:20
I fully understand [the Congress] could try to stop me from doing it. But Ive made my decision. And were going forward. Asked if he had sole authority to put the troops in there no matter what the Congress wants to do, Bush replied, In this situation I do, yeah.
2007 Ron Paul 18:21
Is Congress then impotent, if it does not want war on Iran?
2007 Ron Paul 18:22
Enter Rep. Walter Jones, Republican of North Carolina.
2007 Ron Paul 18:23
The day after Bushs threat to Iran, Jones introduced a Joint Resolution, Concerning the Use of Military Force by the United States Against Iran. Under HJR 14, Absent a national emergency created by attack by Iran, or a demonstrably imminent attack by Iran, upon the United States, its territories, possessions, or its armed forces, the President shall consult with Congress, and receive specific authorization pursuant to law from Congress, prior to initiating any use of force on Iran.
2007 Ron Paul 18:24
Jones resolution further declares, No provision of law enacted before the date of the enactment of this joint resolution shall be construed to authorize the use of military force by the United States against Iran.
2007 Ron Paul 18:25
If we are going to war on Iran, Jones is saying, we must follow the Constitution and Congress must authorize it.
2007 Ron Paul 18:26
If Biden, Kerry, Clinton, and Obama refuse to sign on to the Jones resolution, they will be silently conceding that Bush indeed does have the power to start a war on Iran. And America should pay no further attention to the Democrats wailing about being misled on the Iraq war.