Mitch McConnell Moves To Grant The President Unlimited War Powers With No Expiration Date

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Submitted by Mike Krieger via Liberty Blitzkrieg blog,

The essential act of war is destruction, not necessarily of human lives, but of the products of human labour. War is a way of shattering to pieces, or pouring into the stratosphere, or sinking in the depths of the sea, materials which might otherwise be used to make the masses too comfortable, and hence, in the long run, too intelligent.


– From George Orwell’s, 1984

This morning, I came across an extremely important story with tremendous long-term negative implications for freedom in these United States. It relates to the fact that the always shady Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is moving to fast track an Authorization of Military Force (AUMF) for the President that would allow for unrestricted warfare against ISIS. There would be no time or geographic restrictions on this authorization. Rather than being a favor to President Obama, this is primarily a means to ensure that whoever takes control in 2017 receives a blank check for unrestrained militarism with no expiration date. This is terrifying.

Before I get into the issue at hand, some background is necessary. Many legal scholars, and indeed, even many members of Congress have admitted that Obama’s war against ISIS is illegal and unconstitutional. One of the best articles I’ve read on why this is the case, was published in the New York Times in 2014, which I covered in the post, Obama’s ISIS War is Not Only Illegal, it Makes George W. Bush Look Like a Constitutional Scholar. Here are a few excerpts:

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.


Mr. Obama may rightly be frustrated by gridlock in Washington, but his assault on the rule of law is a devastating setback for our constitutional order. His refusal even to ask the Justice Department to provide a formal legal pretext for the war on ISIS is astonishing.

It’s been almost two years since that Op-ed was written, and Obama is still carrying out his illegal war on ISIS with barely a peep from our incredibly corrupt and useless Congress. Indeed, the only thing Congress is scheming to do is to ensure the next President receives a blank check for perpetual war.

From the National Journal:

Sen­ate Ma­jor­ity Lead­er Mitch Mc­Con­nell offered mem­bers a snow-week­end sur­prise late Wed­nes­day night: Quietly tee­ing up a po­ten­tial de­bate on the leg­al un­der­pin­ning for the fight against IS­IS.


After months of wor­ry­ing that such a res­ol­u­tion—known as an au­thor­iz­a­tion for the use of mil­it­ary force—would tie the next pres­id­ent’s hands, Mc­Con­nell’s move to fast-track the meas­ure sur­prised even his top deputy, Sen­ate Ma­jor­ity Whip John Cornyn, who was un­aware that Mc­Con­nell had set up the au­thor­iz­a­tion.


The AUMF put for­ward by Mc­Con­nell would not re­strict the pres­id­ent’s use of ground troops, nor have any lim­its re­lated to time or geo­graphy. Nor would it touch on the is­sue of what to do with the 2001 AUMF, which the Obama ad­min­is­tra­tion has used to at­tack IS­IS des­pite that au­thor­iz­a­tion’s in­struc­tions to use force against those who planned the 9/11 ter­ror­ist at­tacks. By con­trast, the leg­al au­thor­ity put for­ward by the ad­min­is­tra­tion last Feb­ru­ary wouldn’t au­thor­ize “en­dur­ing of­fens­ive ground com­bat op­er­a­tions” and would have ended three years after en­act­ment, un­less reau­thor­ized.

Read that over and over and over until you get how incredibly dangerous it is.

Don Stew­art, Mc­Con­nell’s spokes­man, said Thursday in an email that the new AUMF “is not the one the [p]res­id­ent asked for” and “not one that would tie the [p]res­id­ent’s hands.”

Exactly. It’s not the one the President asked for, it’s far more aggressive and dangerous.

Stew­art ad­ded that the pro­cess Mc­Con­nell used to set up the AUMF, known as “Rule XIV,” merely sets up the au­thor­iz­a­tion for a fu­ture vote, but does not put it on the cal­en­dar—mean­ing a vote could come at any time, or not at all. The res­ol­u­tion already has four Re­pub­lic­an co­spon­sors: Sens. Lind­sey Gra­ham, Daniel Coats, Joni Ernst, and Or­rin Hatch.

If war monger Lindsey Graham is a co-sponsor you know for sure it’s an unmitigated disaster for liberty.

Sen­ate For­eign Re­la­tions Chair­man Bob Cork­er said that there is still a “wide di­versity” of opin­ions on the is­sue. Some Demo­crats were crit­ic­al of even the pres­id­ent’s own draft AUMF, warn­ing that they’d need ad­di­tion­al re­stric­tions from the ad­min­is­tra­tion on troop levels and geo­graph­ic bound­ar­ies be­fore they could sup­port any au­thor­iz­a­tion. Re­pub­lic­ans, mean­while, wor­ried deeply about re­strict­ing the pres­id­ent as this ad­min­is­tra­tion, and the next one, work to com­bat IS­IS.


“This is the right thing,” said Gra­ham, a co­spon­sor on the new AUMF res­ol­u­tion. “This is the right in­fra­struc­ture to have.”


“If our Demo­crat­ic friends don’t want to give this pres­id­ent and oth­er pres­id­ents the abil­ity to go after IS­IS without lim­it­a­tion to geo­graphy, time and means—be on the re­cord,” he added.

Indeed, I’d like to see every member of Congress go on the record as to the issue of perpetual war to fight an enemy created by our government’s own foreign policy and our “allies'” funding and armaments.

Kaine said that al­though he and the vast ma­jor­ity of Con­gress sup­port com­batting IS­IS, he dis­agrees with the ad­min­is­tra­tion that the pres­id­ent is with­in his au­thor­ity to do so. “I be­lieve the war is il­leg­al,” Kaine said Thursday. “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.”


Cornyn, who in Decem­ber said that Re­pub­lic­ans would not present an AUMF of their own un­til the pres­id­ent out­lined a strategy, said that he non­ethe­less wel­comed de­bate on the is­sue.


“I don’t think we should be afraid of that de­bate, but we need a co­her­ent strategy from the pres­id­ent which we still don’t have and we also don’t need to tie the hands of the next pres­id­ent by re­strict­ing what the pres­id­ent can do,” Cornyn said.

Sorry, but wasn’t the entire idea of a legislative branch to precisely restrict what the President can do. Congress is purely ceremonial at this point. What an utter embarrassment.

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LongMarch's picture

So the Woar on Terwa leads to this. Thats so surprising. Who woulda thunk it?

TeamDepends's picture

Dictastor Barry strikes again!

tarabel's picture



Dictastor. Very clever.

Theosebes Goodfellow's picture

So McConnell wants to give Obama the unlimited power to go after a terrorist group Obama himself, (and Mossad), put on the map? Can the world get any weirder? SO what was Benghazi all about anyway?

P.S. Mitch McConnell is a treasonous SOB.

Chris Dakota's picture
Chris Dakota (not verified) Theosebes Goodfellow Jan 22, 2016 11:28 PM

Wait a minute this already happened when Bush

declared the war on terror on any and all battlefields.

This is psyops to make you vote Hillary.

Did Obama go to congress for Syria? No he didn't have to.

Yesterday they said it will be boots on the ground in Syria.

Where was congress yesterday?

Obama is the same faggot Bush was, a cocksucker taking orders from the Jews.

Fuck these traitor psyops.

Dolar in a vortex's picture


Try Biden/Fauxcahontas.

Try not to be so stupid with the JOO comments.

CuttingEdge's picture

Looking at the time line of US presidents in recent years, bearing in mind the current incumbent, and then Trump or Clinton to follow (I personally hope the FBI ream her ass real bad before she gets a sniff), I feel a quote coming on...


As democracy is perfected, the office of the President represents,  more and more closely, the inner soul of the people.

On some great and glorious day, the plain folks of the land will reach their heart’s desire at last,

and the White House will be occupied by a downright fool and complete narcissistic moron.

H. L. Mencken 

Clever bloke, or what?

Sandmann's picture

Reification of The General Will is the usual justification for The Supreme Warlord. It looks as if Congress is scripting a Hollywood Spectacular - "The Doomsday Machine"

The US is at war and will inevitably be drawn into Global War because that is the trap ISIS has laid, one which Al-Qaeda draw the US into the Killing Zone of  Greater Syria and the Damascus Umayyad Caliphate and Aghdad Abbasid Caliphate.

They seem to have a clear idea and have handled the invasion of Europe well with 66% those entering Germany having NO papers and the ones that do carrying fakes. The terrorist shot dead in Paris was based in Recklinghausen in Germany, but Germany did not know - he had a Syrian ID - one of 20 identities - and was Tunisian with an ISIS flag in the house paid for by German taxpayers.

THe utter discrediting of German Police authority and the delivering up of women in Germany to utter humiliation and degradation by women political leaders - Merkel, von der Leyen, Kraft, Reker, Roth, and the utter weakness of German men - this is pure terrorist theory to show the regime cannot protect and terror has free reign.

ISIS has won in Germany so far. The Turkish Prime Minister is in Berlin prsenting Merkel with terms for shared power with Turkey in Western Europe

ali_baba's picture

Rather than being a favor to President Obama, this is primarily a means to ensure that whoever takes control in 2017 receives a blank check for unrestrained militarism with no expiration date. This is terrifying

Is that a fucking joke? The U.S has been at war continuously over it's history without the president having these powers. 


VinceFostersGhost's picture



Ohama...worse president than Carter.


McConnell...more evil than Soros.


Cue up the evil theme misic....take it away Bob.

Manthong's picture

Geez, that traitorous MF needs to get familiar with the business end of…..


Son of Loki's picture

Every nation has some leaders who want to destroy their own nation; Germany has Merkul and usa has Mitch.

tmosley's picture

Let's look into the future:

Mitch's policy becomes law. Obama abuses it for a few months before he leaves office. Then Trump gets in. He identifies the people who actually started and funded ISIS. John McCain gets droned. Shillary gets droned. Langley is reduced to rubble. Saudi becomes a sea of glass. Turkey is kicked out of NATO and conquered by Russia. Mitch is caught and put on trial for his participation in these wars (and then executed for high treason).

Sounds glorious.

These morons really need to clean up their act. They keep defaulting to the idea that one of their lackeys will always be in power. This will not be the case.

BarkingCat's picture

It's early morning and I just woke up so I can't be sure but I think what described gave me a big boner...

That is a beautiful future. ..I think I will close my eyes and try to dream about it.

Chris Dakota's picture
Chris Dakota (not verified) BarkingCat Jan 23, 2016 12:56 PM

There is a guy on youtube who says celebs are actually crisis actors as well, shows the lookalikes.

I found Jeb, he doubles as a Judge.

Crash Overide's picture

So by the current laws on the books *RICO*, paying my taxes is actually funding a criminal organization.

I am guilty, I confess, I have been paying my taxes.

I beg for leniency and promise to stop funding the enemy of the people if given the chance.

I will accept a plea bargain, I can't sleep at night, the guilt is eating me up.

I have knowingly supported a criminal organization via contributions from my paycheck and admit my guilt, I await my arrest and court date.

Please arrest me and all other guilty parties.



dogfish's picture

Israel said that Saudi Arabia is an ally,just like they were on 9/11.

BobEore's picture

"Utterly" hilarious.

It's nearly twenty five years since Jean Baudrillard summed up the geopolitical situation which has continued to reign ever since the close of the Vietnam War - itself a managed media spectacle which replaced 'war' with it's simulation:

"We are in neither a logic of war nor a logic of peace but in a logic of deterrence which has wound its way inexorably through forty years of cold war to a denouement in our current events; a logic of weak events, to which belong those in Eastern Europe as well as the Gulf War."

Now, if you replace "Eastern" with "Western" Europe in the quote, and "Gulf War" with "Syria" you can see how exactly the situation has remained static - unchanged. Your flourish of 'utterly' overthetop rhetoric here:

"ISIS has won in Germany so far. The Turkish Prime Minister is in Berlin prsenting Merkel with terms for shared power with Turkey in Western Europe"

has all the makings of a neo-con/PNAC classic - of stoking the fires of disinfo-driven hate agit-prop designed to further the desired 'clash of civilizations' - in which the "usual suspects" pick up all the pieces of value left amongst the rubble of ours.

The Turkish PM is in Berlin begging for help in staving off the consequences of an insane provocation against the bigger, badder, boy on the block who chums around with Erdogan's nemesis, Assad. ISIS has won nothing in Germany or anywhere else - since they are not real players in a real war - of terror or any other kind. There is no war - there is no peace; there is only the 'strategy of deterrence' by which the peoples of the West are gradually convinced to give up their last and final freedoms - in exchange for "securities."




Manthong's picture


Well, it looks like we are all bozos on this bus.

rwe2late's picture

Cutting Edge,

 irrelevant statement, and misleadingly quoted:


"democracy" is not being practiced,

and has hardly been "perfected".

The only increasing "perfection" is of tyranny by a few.

CuttingEdge's picture


"Democracy is the theory that the common people know what they want, and deserve to get it good and hard."

That bloke Mencken again, btw.


Democracy is a pipe dream to any American. Like it or not, the USA is a police state like no other of the modern era - about as far from democracy as I am from sleeping with Monica Belucci (I like em older).

And always will be while you elect corrupt hubristic cunts like McStain and McConnell to rule.

Land of the free, my arse. Two million cotton pickers on other duties these days.




TheDanimal's picture

That's why the founding fathers created America as a democratic repubic.  That's why we have the electoral college. Guess that wasn't enough.

Sandmann's picture

Unleash the National Guard on Voters and put the NSA in charge of elections

Escrava Isaura's picture



Theosebes Goodfellow: McConnell wants to give Obama the unlimited power…….Mitch McConnell is a treasonous SOB.


I think you misspoke: McConnell wants to give the next President (Trump) the unlimited power.

And treasonous is not the right word. It’s Doctrine.

TheReplacement's picture

Fool.  It is treasonous doctrine just to give you some benefit of the doubt.

johnnymustardseed's picture

Isn't Ironic

It is incredible. On the campaign trail, Republican presidential candidates endlessly slam Obama’s lack of a strategy against ISIS. And yet given the opportunity to help craft such a strategy, and back it up with an authorization for war, Republican leaders in Congress refuse. It’s a perfect illustration of the absurdity of GOP foreign policy today.

I need more asshats's picture

Obama is the same faggot Bush was, a cocksucker taking orders from the joos.

Fuck these traitor psyops.

Golden Phoenix's picture

Absurdity is taking the tax dollars of Americans at gunpoint, using the proceeds to provide ISIS and Al Qaeda with weapons, then using executive orders to restrict 2nd Amendment rights because lawful American citizens are not to be trusted with guns.

Pooper Popper's picture

Fucking Treason!

So they give barry a blank check and the ability to carry war anywhere....Even here,,,MARTIAL LAW??????????


This is beyond Fucked UP!

Can someone PLEASE tell me what country this is??????

Father Thyme's picture
Father Thyme (not verified) Pooper Popper Jan 22, 2016 10:25 PM

New America. Remember, Obama promised radical change. It's here.

OregonGrown's picture

What is the law regarding elected public officials and the crime of treason in the USA?  


Do they still have that ol' "hanging tree" somewhere in D.C?

bonderøven-farm ass's picture


Goddamned right it's fucking treason....facile sheep bickering over emotional, knee-jerk partisan pettiness; too concerned over the price of Hotpockets, bandwidth speeds for their favored sitcoms, and job security to realize their acquiesence to serfdom. 

Hasten the god-damned revolution. Bring the tyranny to my fucking doorstep and be met with lead. I'm will not die in chains...get that NSA?


OregonGrown's picture

WE BETTER get a mob of men to go over to go confront mitch "telling him" how it is going to be and set his punk ass straight (we will call it "getting treadmilled" reminiscent of what happened to harry reid)..... OR..... he/they will send their mob of men to our front door, and the will tell YOU how it is going to be...... 


Fight or Flight ........ Bitchez

SixIsNinE's picture

Obama promised that HE would personally END the war on Christmas  - {seriously, he did at some dinner party in black tie}


I need more asshats's picture

Obama is the same faggot Bush was, a cocksucker taking orders from the jeuws.

Fuck these traitor psyops.

KesselRunin12Parsecs's picture
KesselRunin12Parsecs (not verified) TheEndIsNear Jan 23, 2016 4:04 AM

We have always been at war with Uranus

Dolar in a vortex's picture

I invoke Marvin Gaye, "Let's get it on".

Clashfan's picture

^^ +1,000 I supersize with this dude.

benb's picture

You know Mitch's father-in-law got busted not that long ago for having 22 pounds of cocaine on his yacht. That's a lot of party material. Does anyone think Mitch the Bitch is Blackmail-able?

... and I hate to say it but Rand Paul helped this worm traitor get reelected.

... so much for working within 'the system.'

Father Thyme's picture
Father Thyme (not verified) benb Jan 22, 2016 10:27 PM

You nailed it. Blackmail is the primary currency inside the Beltway.

Especially with all the gov't and private means of recording these days.

benb's picture

And, this guy looks like an f'n cartoon character. His father-in -law is probably 10 years younger than he is... only in Washington. In the real world no chick would touch this moron. I'm told the whole town is like that. A bunch of losers who couldn't get a date if their life depended on it getting into limos with 24 y/o beauties supplied by whomever... they are deluded. It's kinda like Drudge said - take their bodyguards away and they wouldn't be on this earth more than 10 minutes.

RafterManFMJ's picture

DC has the highest per-capita gay and alternative population in America - by far. Not that there's anything wrong with that...

benb's picture

There are plenty of Gay call boys in D.C. as well ... just ask Ronald Reagan... Nancy was his beard...

junction's picture

90 pounds of cocaine were found on his farher-in-law's freighter by Columbian police.  The DEA and the Coast Guard know better than to check McConnell's father-in-law's shipping line for narcotics.  


Mitch McConnell’s Freighted Ties to a Shadowy Shipping Company

After drugs were found aboard the Ping May, a vessel owned by his wife’s family’s company, Colombian authorities are investigating.

By Lee Fang, The Nation

October 30, 2014

Before the Ping May, a rusty cargo vessel, could disembark from the port of Santa Marta en route to the Netherlands in late August, Colombian inspectors boarded the boat and made a discovery. Hidden in the ship’s chain locker, amidst its load of coal bound for Europe, were approximately 40 kilograms, or about ninety pounds, of cocaine. A Colombian Coast Guard official told The Nation that there is an ongoing investigation.


The seizure of the narcotics shipment in the Caribbean port occurred far away from Kentucky, the state in which Senator Mitch McConnell is now facing a career-defining election. But the Republican Senate minority leader has the closest of ties to the owner of the Ping May, the vessel containing the illicit materials: the Foremost Maritime Corporation, a firm founded and owned by McConnell’s in-laws, the Chao family.

Though Foremost has played a pivotal role in McConnell’s life, bestowing the senator with most of his personal wealth and generating thousands in donations to his campaign committees, the drug bust went unnoticed in Kentucky, where every bit of McConnell-related news has generated fodder for the campaign trail. That’s because, like many international shipping companies, Chao’s firm is shrouded from public view, concealing its identity and limiting its legal liability through an array of tax shelters and foreign registrations. Registered through a limited liability company in the Marshall Islands, the Ping May flies the Liberian flag.

McConnell’s ties to the Chaos go back to the late 1980s, when James Chao began donating to the senator. In 1993, McConnell married James’s daughter, Elaine Chao, a Republican activist and former Reagan administration official who would later serve as secretary of labor in the George W. Bush cabinet. James Chao emigrated to the United States from Taiwan, and founded the Foremost Maritime Corporation upon settling in New York. The company has grown significantly over the years, from acting as maritime agent during the Vietnam War to controlling a fleet of approximately sixteen dry-bulk cargo ships in operation today.


The recent seizure of cocaine on a Foremost coal ship came as authorities in Colombia have stepped up anti-drug trafficking enforcement in the region. The Nation spoke to Luis Gonzales, an official with the Colombian Coast Guard in Santa Marta, who told us that the Ping May’s crew were questioned as part of an ongoing investigation, but that no charges have yet been filed. His team found the cocaine in forty separate packages.

Contacted by telephone, a representative of Foremost said he is “obviously going to have no comment on this one.”  


Last Friday, McConnell dipped into his personal fortune to lend his own campaign $1.8 million for the final week before the election. Members of the Chao family and employees of Foremost have also given over $90,000 in contributions to McConnell over the years.

Requests for comment to the McConnell team about the Ping May cocaine incident have gone unanswered.

McConnell has positioned himself over the years as a tough on drugs politician. In 1996, McConnell was the sole sponsor of the Enhanced Marijuana Penalties Act, a bill to increase the mandatory minimum sentencing for those caught with certain amounts of marijuana. A press release noted that his bill would make “penalties for selling marijuana comparable to those for selling heroin and cocaine.”

In recent weeks, McConnell has touted his role in calling for more federal money to be used for drug enforcement.


rwe2late's picture

In short,  James Chao fled to Taiwan in 1949 with Chiang Kai Shek and his Kuomintang drug lord allies who,
backed by the CIA, there established martial law and drug lord control.

Chao then rose rapidly in the global shipping business and he and his family developed close connections with US political leaders.

Chris Dakota's picture
Chris Dakota (not verified) benb Jan 22, 2016 11:29 PM

It's why little Rand is at 3%.