Rand Paul: Congress Must Authorize Act of War

Liberals might not like conservatives, but there has to be a realization that today’s right-wing is less hypocritical than the left-wing. Case in point, Senator Rand Paul (R-KY).

Senator Paul was a guest on Brian Kilmeade’s Fox News radio show on Thursday where he explained that he had cautioned the Trump administration AGAINST pursuing military action in Syria without first securing Congressional approval. In fact, it was one of the specific things he had pushed Ambassador Nikki Haley on when she appeared before his committee during her confirmation process.

“The first thing we ought to do is probably obey the Constitution. When Nikki Haley came before my committee and I voted for her, I asked her that question. ‘Will you try to take us to war? Will you advocate for war without constitutional or congressional authority?’ And she said no. So I assumed what she means by this is that, the President, if he decides to do something in Syria, he would come to Congress and ask for a declaration of war. Short of Congress voting on it, I’m opposed to illegal and unconstitutional wars.”

Senator Paul added that he had the deepest sympathies for the people of Syria but that military action had to be carefully weighed by first considering the impact of such an action here at home.