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Ron Paul: Congress is AWOL on US Wars

Interviewed Thursday on the Alex Jones Show, Ron Paul lamented that, despite the Founders having “worked so hard to allow [war] powers to be put into the hands of the body that is supposed to be closest to the people,” the Congress today “is absent, AWOL,” because Congress members “don’t want the responsibility.” “They don’t want to assume any responsibility, so they would rather give up their prerogative,” concludes Paul.

Watch the complete interview here:

Much of Paul’s interview focuses on Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s (R-KY) new legislation (S.J.Res. 29) to give President Barack Obama and future presidents blanket authority to use military and other force worldwide — including in America — against the Islamic State (ISIS). This authorization for use of military force (AUMF) legislation further says the executive branch may unilaterally use such force against ISIS’ “associated forces, organizations, and persons, and any successor organizations.”

McConnell’s legislation is consistent with the previously expressed positon of himself and his counterpart in the US House of Representatives — Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) — in support of unlimited war powers for both Obama and whoever may succeed Obama in the presidency.

Paul, who is chairman and founder or the Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity, wrote on Sunday about this legislation in his editorial “Congress is Writing the President a Blank Check for War.”
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