Mitch McConnell fast-tracks authorization to give Obama unlimited war powers

Yesterday, during a visit to ISIS-friendly Turkey, VPOS Joe Biden said that if a political solution can’t be reached, the U.S. is prepared to use military force to “take out” ISIS or Islamic State (IS) and so end the civil war in Syria. The Obama administration has been carrying out “precision air strikes” on Islamic State (IS), but to no avail. (Source: Bloomberg)

Biden could make that promise because warmongers in Congress are paving the way to give Obama (and future presidents) unlimited war powers with no expiration date.

In 1973, to prevent “future Vietnams,” Congress passed the War Powers Act over the veto of then-Pres. Richard Nixon, to restrain the president’s ability to commit U.S. forces overseas by requiring the executive branch to first consult with and report to Congress. Although the Act was generally resisted or ignored by subsequent presidents, who regarded it as an unconstitutional usurpation of their executive authority, the Act nevertheless acted as a constraint.

In 2014, Obama did exactly that by declaring war against the Islamic State — a move considered by many legal scholars and even many members of Congress as illegal and unconstitutional. As Mike Krieger recounts for Liberty Blitzkrieg

President Obama’s declaration of war against the terrorist group known as the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria marks a decisive break in the American constitutional tradition. Nothing attempted by his predecessor, George W. Bush, remotely compares in imperial hubris.

Mr. Bush gained explicit congressional consent for his invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq. In contrast, the Obama administration has not even published a legal opinion attempting to justify the president’s assertion of unilateral war-making authority. This is because no serious opinion can be written.

This became clear when White House officials briefed reporters before Mr. Obama’s speech to the nation on Wednesday evening. They said a war against ISIS was justified by Congress’s authorization of force against Al Qaeda after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, and that no new approval was needed.

But the 2001 authorization for the use of military force does not apply here. That resolution — scaled back from what Mr. Bush initially wanted — extended only to nations and organizations that “planned, authorized, committed or aided” the 9/11 attacks.

Not only was ISIS created long after 2001, but Al Qaeda publicly disavowed it earlier this year. It is Al Qaeda’s competitor, not its affiliate….

[Obama’s] refusal even to ask the Justice Department to provide a formal legal pretext for the war on ISIS is astonishing.

Now, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky) is fast-tracking an authorization that would give Obama unlimited war-making powers.

Mitch McConnell & Lindsey Graham

Sarah Mimms and Alex Rogers report for NationalJournal that late Wednesday (Jan. 20) night, McConnell surprised many members of Congress by fast-tracking a broad authorization for the use of military force (AUMF) authored by Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC).

“Fast-tracking” refers to “Rule XIV” — setting up authorization for a future vote without putting the proposed AUMF on the Senate calendar, which means a vote can come at any time, or not at all.

McConnell and Graham’s AUMF would give the president unlimited war powers, placing no restrictions on the deployment of ground troops, or on time or geography. Even Obama’s claim of legal authority to wage war against ISIS does not allow for “enduring offensive ground combat operations,” nor is it unlimited in time, but would have expired three years after reenactment, unless reauthorized.

Mc­Con­nell’s spokes­man, Don Stewart, admitted in an email on Thursday that the new AUMF will not “tie the president’s hands”. 

McConnell’s move is an about-face, contradicting what he himself had told reporters last month: “It’s clear the pres­id­ent does not have a strategy in place, so it would be hard to fig­ure out how to au­thor­ize a non-strategy.”

McConnell’s res­ol­u­tion already has four Re­pub­lic­an co­spon­sors: Sens. Lind­sey Gra­ham, Daniel Coats, Joni Ernst, and Or­rin Hatch.

Sen­ate For­eign Re­la­tions Chair­man Bob Cork­er (R-TN), while saying that there is still a “wide di­versity” of opin­ions on the is­sue, nevertheless argues with the Obama administration that no new AUMF is even needed. He said of McConnell’s new resolution, “I don’t think it changes any­thing [because] I’m in the same place that I’ve been—and that is I be­lieve the ad­min­is­tra­tion has the au­thor­ity to do what they’re do­ing.”

A Democrat warmonger, Sen. Tim Kaine of Virginia, who has ag­gress­ively ad­voc­ated for an AUMF, was thrilled Thursday that the Sen­ate could soon take up McConnell’s resolution. He argued that Obama’s war against Islamic State is illegal, “I don’t think there’s a leg­al jus­ti­fic­a­tion for it. And I think the greatest danger we end up do­ing is al­low­ing the pres­id­ent to wage a war without Con­gress weigh­ing in.”

Mc­Con­nell’s proposed authorization for the use of military force will not “tie the president’s hands”. 

I cannot begin to emphasize how dangerous this new AUMF is, and what a threat to liberty McConnell et al. are.

~Eowyn

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21 responses to “Mitch McConnell fast-tracks authorization to give Obama unlimited war powers

  1. power-ravenous wolves….may the Lord have mercy on their souls.

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  2. I just wonder how Democrats will tie rounding-up TEA Partiers and putting them on the no-fly list, etc. to fighting ISIS…

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  3. Is it just me or does anybody else think this guy looks like a deranged,queer,pedo,satanic,masonic sociopath

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    • If McConnell’s discharge from the Army in ’67, four months after enlisting, was for eye problems and not, as has been alleged, for sodomy, you’d think he’d have released his record long ago.

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  4. It is not just you. Isn’t the prez trying to wage a war on ISIS after he has already let them get away with three to four years of pure terror. Is the prez and gang so angry and embarassed that Putin has shown them up that he would put our troops in harms way just to get even? Don’t answer that. We know. I just pray daily that the Lord God Almighty does something and does it quickly because things are a huge world-wide mess. The humanoids aren’t going to make things better, or at least any time soon. Pray for our troops.

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  5. This just proves that McConnell & Co. MUST be blackmailed for a long time now: They just keep capitulating without end. What really scares me is that Obama, regardless of whatever else he may be, is a “British agent” according to Lyndon Larouche, and I agree with him. They/the Rothschild Cabal are, ultimately, pulling his strings.
    I think we are being steered, ultimately, to a conflagration.

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  6. Let’s put McDonnell and Graham on the front lines since they are so very, very eager to shed the blood of American young people. We already have a President who pissed away the chance to win over there by communicating the put out date to the enemy, together with not giving our men and women appropriate gear and munitions to fight with.

    Tell me . . . Why Do We Need the Congress . . . if they are giving unending war powers to the President, any present or future President, so that their (the Congressional) vote becomes unnecessary??? I rather thought you would agree with me on that question–they become obsolete. They are already the laziest, most useless body of human beings on the planet . . . now they want to abdicate certain duties which they were given several hundred years ago!!! These fools might as well “telecommute their working hours” for all the good they do the American people.

    As always, Dr Eowyn, this is truly a great, and most timely article . . . God Bless You!

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    • “Why Do We Need the Congress . . . if they are giving unending war powers to the President, any present or future President, so that their (the Congressional) vote becomes unnecessary???”

      Exactly! As usual, you, Auntie Lulu, identified the gravamen or crux of the issue!

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      • Ditto Dr. Eowyn and Auntie Lulu! I call Obama “king” because he operates as a king, completely ignoring the U.S. Constitution and By-Laws, making up his rules as he goes along.

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    • “Let’s put McDonnell and Graham on the front lines since they are so very, very eager to shed the blood of American young people.”
      I agree-maybe,if they REALLY need to declare War without oversight,there needs to be an addition to the Bill slipped in somewhere that states that all who support the Bill can be considered to have volunteered to be the first ones to take the front lines wherever the fight is. I’ll bet THAT would put their war-mongering to a screeching stop.

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      • truckjunkie . . . I absolutely agree with you. We have always had the problem that it has been, by in large, the poor man’s son who has fought and died for the wars these old fools conger up. If they were called to be up there on the front lines (with their blood being shed)–how many would vote YES for all these “conflicts” all over the world? I have so little respect for both of the men shown in the picture above, that I doubt the meter could even get off zero. Both need to go home, shut up, and quite meddling in the Affairs of the American people!

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  8. Atta boy guys, forever working against the people and your party. Have you both took leave of all your senses, or are you in it for the war profits?
    The thing is, BO has protected ISIS, so is this a backdoor way to get Assad, that has been protecting the Christians?
    Going into Syria might start an all out war with Putin.
    Just curious. I trust no one in DC and their claims.

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  9. These war-mongering traitors,
    it is time for Americans to rise up and remove and prosecute these psychopaths leading us to WWIII

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  10. nader paul mckinney ventura

    politicians hide themselves away
    they only started the war
    why should they go out to fight
    they leave that all to the boys

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  11. it is interesting that, with less than a year to go in office for obama, our legislature continues to give him everything he wants. So, that “if” obama should decide to stay longer, all he would need to do is enact martial law for whatever reason (his administration has shown they will do whatever they can to fool the american sheeple into believing that more surveillance and fewer guns equals more “freedoms” and “safety”) and his stay as “president” becomes indefinite. I think the event leading to “martial law” will probably take place in October (“October surprise”). I believe Superstorm Sandy was obama’s “October surprise” that got him re-elected….using HAARP. obama was seen as a “hero” to the country (especially with chris christie bowing down to him at every turn) and that raised his poll numbers and got him re-elected. Then 6 weeks later “Sandy” Hook happened. Hmmm, 2 “Sandy’s”, one resulted in obama’s re-election and another resulted in more gun control.
    As Auntie Lulu said: “Why Do We Need the Congress . . . if they are giving unending war powers to the President, any present or future President, so that their (the Congressional) vote becomes unnecessary???”
    Our “legislators” have officially made themselves null and void; they are pacifiers for potus.
    We have a representative government in place for a reason, so that the wealthy are “represented”. The “poor man” or “average citizen” isn’t running for legislative seats across the country, it’s the wealthy and their children/spouses and friends. So, whatever legislature is passed, it isn’t done to benefit the “average citizen”….it will always benefit the wealthy (corporations, banks).
    Even with presidential elections the people don’t decide, the electoral college decides (and who runs the electoral college?). It seems whoever is “voted” into office, the result is the same: citizenry get screwed.

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