Sen. Paul To Hold Hearing On "Unauthorized War's Effect On Federal Spending"

Authored by Daniel Mcadams via The Ron Paul Institute for Peace & Prosperity,

Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) announced today that on Wednesday, June 6th, he will be holding a hearing on the enormous costs of the endless wars which continue to be fought under the 2001 Congressional Authorization for the Use of Military Force passed after the 9/11 attacks. 

According to a press release from Paul's office, the hearing "will explore both the financial impact and the constitutional implications of open-ended war under the existing Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF) and examine the potential ramifications if Congress adopts the revised AUMF proposed by Senators Bob Corker (R-TN) and Tim Kaine (D-VA)."

Unlike the great majority of Congressional hearings, Paul's line-up of witnesses actually promises to provide some serious debate and cogent analysis of the issue. Noted Constitutional scholars Judge Andrew Napolitano (a member of the Ron Paul Institute Board) and Professor Jonathan Turley will provide expert testimony. The two will be joined by Christopher Anders, Deputy Director of the ACLU Washington Legislative Office.

The Corker/Kaine revised AUMF is sold as Congress finally waking up to its Constitutional war obligations, but as Sen. Paul has noted in a letter to his Senate colleagues, "it is clear upon reading that the Kaine/Corker AUMF gives nearly unlimited power to this or any President to be at war anywhere, anytime and against anyone, with minimal justification and no prior specific authority."

By many estimates, Iraq and Afghanistan alone have cost the American taxpayer close to $3 trillion with no end in sight and no "victory" in sight.

That does not include money spent to overthrow and murder Libya's Gaddafi, to raise an army of jihadists to overthrow Assad in Syria, and to expand the US military presence to 50 out of 53 African countries. And, of course, to backstop Saudi Arabia's genocide in Yemen.

Sen. Paul's hearing of the Senate Subcommittee on Federal Spending Oversight and Emergency Management will take place on June 6th at 2:30 p.m. eastern time in SD-342, Dirksen Senate Office Building.

Comments

Uchtdorf Tue, 06/05/2018 - 16:24 Permalink

John Bolton vs. Rand Paul

As some of you noted below, Rand really doesn't stand a chance against the MIC/Bankster coalition. America has frittered away the liberties given to us by some pretty smart guys. Nothing left but destruction, and hopefully, rebuilding.

JimmyJones Uchtdorf Tue, 06/05/2018 - 16:28 Permalink

Rand Paul has some nerve to question a blank check granted in 2001 with no clear definition of how to end/win the "War on Terror".  I for one think that congress should go back to the old days, you want to drop a bomb on another country's land then Congress should declare war otherwise it must not be that important. 

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greenskeeper carl Algo Rhythm Tue, 06/05/2018 - 20:31 Permalink

Best of luck, Rand. I wish you all the success in the world, but unfortunately most people don't care. They probably don't have any idea just how bad they were hoodwinked with that original AUMF. Nor do they care about how much money all this is costing them, and will cost them. They will continue to not care right up until the point when the country/dollar collapses and they are starving. Even then, they'll probably still blame the Russians or some such nonsense. Most Americans are too stupid to grasp what is being done to them.

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Ima anal sphincter truthseeker47 Tue, 06/05/2018 - 17:20 Permalink

Actually dipshit, I'm fully aware of EXACTLY who controls the strings.

You just keep on voting your little heart out. It never made a difference and it never will.

How's Trumpy boy been working out as of late. What was it..... two weeks in office and the cruise missiles were a flyin.

Has he been sucking Bibi's cock? Do you not think Rand has swallowed his fair share?

They do what they're told. ALL OF THEM!!!

 

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Theta_Burn Tue, 06/05/2018 - 16:25 Permalink

Finally some concern as to who the fuck will pay for all the fun?

Shockingly nobody worried about any of this just last month...

Better late than never....Rand.