The Book of Ron Paul
2011 Ron Paul Chapter 28
24 June 2011
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Ms. ROS-LEHTINEN. I am pleased to yield 3 minutes to the gentleman from Texas, Dr. PAUL, a member of our Committee on Foreign Affairs.|
(Mr. PAUL asked and was given permission to revise and extend his remarks.)
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Mr. PAUL. I thank the gentlewoman for yielding.
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Mr. Speaker, this is a resolution that endorses the policies that have been going on for 4 months. Not only has the Congress basically been strong in opposition to what has been going on, the American people are even more so. So what this resolution does is endorses exactly what has been going on—another unconstitutional war, involvement and justification under NATO and the United Nations, doing it secretly. Theres an attempt to restrain the funding of this effort over in Libya. How can we restrain it, because weve never authorized it. Restrain unauthorized funds? The funds werent authorized. The President just goes and does it.
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What were talking about here is the challenge for the Congress on looking at the unitary President. The unitary President has been around for quite a few years. That means that Presidents do what they want, and the Congress just acknowledges it. So that is what were doing. This is what this resolution does. It acknowledges and gives authority to the President to pursue this war, which is actually what he has been doing. Obviously, H.J. Res. 68, for me, is a very, very strong no because the last thing we need to do is to be giving explicit support and explicit authorization for the very policies that so many people now think are ill-advised.
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This resolution also says you dont send in ground troops. Well, thats fine, no ground troops. But in this day and age, war can go on for a long time without the ground troops. It happened to a degree in Bosnia. But it didnt exempt such things as special forces, the CIA. The CIA has been in Libya, and Im sure they will be, as they are in many, many other hundreds of countries. Contractors. When we cant send in troops, we send in contractors. We have as many contractors in Afghanistan as we do the military. So a couple thousand troops come out of Afghanistan and nothing changes as we add more contractors. Nothing ever changes.
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But this whole idea of this effort to legalize the bombing, at least give the authority to the President to continue this, is foolhardy. How many more wars can we withstand? What number is this? This is I think number five. Today, in the papers, number six is coming. How long before were in Syria? Go into Syria tomorrow and in 90 days well start talking about Syria and proper authority.
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Instead, we in Congress have given up our responsibility for war. Because the responsibility of going to war should have been and still remains constitutionally mandated that the Congress makes these decisions. The President is not supposed to get us engaged in war without Congress authority. Too often we say, Whatever you need, well endorse it.
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We have another resolution coming up shortly.
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The SPEAKER pro tempore. The time of the gentleman has expired.
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Ms. ROS-LEHTINEN. I yield the gentleman 30 additional seconds.
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Mr. PAUL. Unfortunately, I think the next resolution, H.R. 2278, isnt much different because it has too many exceptions. It says: Deny funding. But there are too many exceptions, and the exceptions are to allow the very things the President is currently doing.
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So both resolutions have serious shortcomings. Both resolutions should be defeated if youre opposed to this war in Libya.