Rand Paul

Rand Paul speaking out on Trump’s new Afghanistan policy

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What do you think?  Should we be sending MORE Americans to Afghanistan? Or should we be focused on other issues?  Let us know in the comments! – CRN

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U.S. Senator Rand Paul is speaking out on President Trump’s proposed troop increases in Afghanistan.

“The mission in Afghanistan has lost its purpose, and I think it is a terrible idea to send any more troops into that war,” said Dr. Paul.

Dr. Paul has been a leading advocate for returning war-making powers back to Congress. Earlier this year he introduced an amendment to the NDAA to repeal the 2001 and 2002 Authorizations for Use of Military Force (AUMFs), and he will do so again as soon as Congress reconvenes.

His amendment expresses the sense of Congress that the President cannot conduct ongoing U.S. military operations in Afghanistan without an AUMF from Congress authorizing such conduct. He strongly believes that if the President and Congress want to continue the war in Afghanistan, then at the very least Congress should vote on it.

BACKGROUND:

Amendment to Repeal 2001 and 2002 AUMFs – This amendment finds that neither the 2001 nor 2002 AUMFs authorize the use of U.S. forces to engage in direct or indirect actions against ISIS. Thus a new AUMF is required.

(a) Finding: Congress finds that neither the 2001 AUMF (9/11) or the 2002 (Iraq, Operation Iraqi Freedom) authorize the use of US military force against ISIS.

(b) Sense of Congress: The President cannot conduct ongoing US military operations against ISIS without an AUMF from Congress authorizing such conduct. Congress should debate and pass a new authorization.

Language in the 2001 AUMF: In General.—That the President is authorized to use all necessary and appropriate force against those nations, organizations, or persons he determines planned, authorized, committed, or aided the terrorist attacks that occurred on September 11, 2001, or harbored such organizations or persons, in order to prevent any future acts of international terrorism against the United States by such nations, organizations or persons.

Language in the 2002 AUMF: The President is authorized to use the Armed Forces of the United States as he determines to be necessary and appropriate in order to– (1) defend the national security of the United States against the continuing threat posed by Iraq;

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  • MarcJ

    Senators tweeting their support of the
    Republican leader McConnell who wants to restrain the wild impulses of
    President Trump, i.e. our RINO’s:

    Cornyn; Corker, Tillis, Isakson, Collins, Hatch, Gardner, Heller, Flake, Ryan, Young,
    Capito. These dirty dozen are making sure that the Trump presidency is a
    failure. The author forgot to list that low-IQ bloviating gasbag McCain in the
    group., as well as McConnell himself, for a round number of 14.

    Paul Ryan has done nothing he promised:

    Judge Jeanine Pirro: “Paul Ryan needs to step down as Speaker of the House.”

    Lou Dobbs: “It’s time Paul Ryan remove himself.”

    Michelle Malkin called him a “crap weasel.” I’m sure that’s a bad thing.

    Rush Limbaugh: “Ryan wants Trump to fail.”

    Laura Ingraham: “Paul Ryan is NOT Donald Trump’s friend.”

    Ann Coulter: “When Paul Ryan and his Republicans win an election, America loses.”

  • DaveM

    Rand Paul seems to kick everything out the window and speak only of negative actions of Trump. How is this unifying America? I my personal viewpoint he is rapidly becoming a vast leader of the negative left movement!

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