Another Republican Trick
by Ron Paul: Strange
Definitions of War and Peace
on HR 2278, a bill to limit the use of funds appropriated to the
Department of Defense for United States Armed Forces in support
of North Atlantic Treaty Organization Operation Unified Protector
with respect to Libya, unless otherwise specifically authorized
I rise to oppose this legislation, which masquerades as a limitation
of funds for the president's war on Libya but is in fact an authorization
for that very war. According to HR 2278, the US military cannot
be involved in NATO's actions in Libya, with four important exceptions.
If this passes, for the first time the president would be authorized
to use US Armed Forces to engage in search and rescue; intelligence,
surveillance, and reconnaissance; aerial refueling; and operational
planning against Libya. Currently, absent an authorization or declaration
of war, these activities are illegal. So instead of ending the war
against Libya, this bill would legalize nearly everything the president
is currently doing there.
That the war
in Libya can be ended by expanding it and providing the president
a legal excuse to continue makes no sense. If this bill fails, the
entirety of what the president is doing in Libya would remain illegal.
it should not really be necessary to prohibit the use of funds for
US military attacks on Libya because those funds are already prohibited
by the Constitution. Absent Congressional action to allow US force
against Libya any such force is illegal, meaning the expenditure
of funds for such activities is prohibited. I will, however, support
any straight and clean prohibition of funds such as the anticipated
amendments to the upcoming Defense Appropriations bill.
I urge my colleagues
to reject this stealth attempt to authorize the Libya war and sincerely
hope that the House will soon get serious about our Constitutional
obligations and authority.
the Ron Paul File
Paul is a Republican member of Congress from Texas.
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