A new authorization for the use of military force proposed by Democratic and Republican senators would further entrench the United States in endless war. It would also streamline the ability of President Donald Trump and future presidents to expand the “war on terrorism” to additional countries and broaden a list of “associated forces” that are “co-belligerents” of al-Qaida, the Taliban, or the Islamic State.
From the article:
“‘If we detect any of the groups having any activity in any country, the president can go to war there. He just has to submit a notice saying, hey guys, we’re now at war in a new country. And that to me is not a limitation. It’s an expansion of war making, and I think, a huge mistake,’ Paul concluded."
Not there, nor anywhere else, did I see any mention of the sovereignty of “any country.” Is “any country” supposed to happily acquiesce, or at least remain passive, as the world’s most expensive military starts killing people and breaking things on its turf? The first thing that occured to me was that Twitler will, as soon as this bill passes into law, announce a finding of “terrorist activity” in Cuba, Venezuela, Iran and/or North Korea.
That Senator Paul fails to address the issue of sovereignty, while speaking against the bill on what seem to be principled grounds, doesn’t bode well.
Absolutely agree, that can cause war. Do you want it? I am not
An assessment by Dmitri Orlov:
Though I largely agree I would like to add this quotation from the last line of the first comment which I encourage you to read as well.
“As an American I can tell the Russians, the Chinese, the whole world, that the United States, the biggest gun crazy on the planet, will not go quietly.”
Wall Street and the best Congress money can buy continues to add lanes to the eternal war superhighway.
We saw with the Pompus Mike nomination to State Dept that Rand Paul’s expressed opposition to anything is essentially meaningless.
William Blum has produced some excellent work on how the United States has advanced empire by meddling in countries and waging wars, which have destabilized populations and produced colonial results. My piece by no means is intended to obscure this reality.
However, the “white noise” you dismissively reference does matter. It is important to pay attention to the specific ways in which Democrats and Republicans are collaborating to expand the imperial presidency.
Yes, it has existed to some extent for the past decades, but as a journalist, it does me no good to sit back and say, “Well, this is the way it has been and the way it always will be,” and resign myself to certain realities to discourage myself from pursuing a story.
There always is urgency to developments that demand public attention, whether there are examples in past history to suggest this is all part of an abysmal pattern.
Glad to see my Sen. Jeff Merkley speak out on this.
As we saw with the false flag operation (imo) in Syria recently, the U. N. Inspectors were slow walked to the incident’s supposed site. The POTUS had no such restrictions, and luckily for many millions, played MENA Kabuki with the parties involved. That’s probably the exception to the general rule of America’s new found love affair with " fire, aim, ready " gunboat diplomacy.
We are already covertly involved in places like the Philippines and Sub-Saharan Africa. We don’t need more quagmires and blowback, thank you very much, Congress.
This So-called Great Game is getting very old and very lame. Since we can’t predict its outcome, what it’s doing to the world, and our 99’s, is really a crying shame.
Endless War elsewhere is bound to come home. And, that won’t be pretty at all.
“It does mean that journalists need to be aware of the environment that they work in and to do what they can to inform their audiences of that environment, if they are going to suggest ways to change it.”
Do you think I am not aware? Or that I am not doing what I can to inform?
Please do a cursory search for anything 2018 AUMF-related. There is very little coverage right now. Nearly zero interest. I know The Intercept’s Jon Schwarz wrote about it. Marjorie Cohn wrote about it for Consortium News. Common Dreams has done some splashes on their page. But here I am trying to make sure this doesn’t totally fly under the radar.
I’ll stick to what I do. I’m confident it comes from a state of awareness that is necessary in these times.
So Trump attacked Syria based on another False Flag Attack. And Congress wants to neglect there duties to declare War and hand the President more power to wage War. This is outrageous and a clear violation of the Constitution and international law.
Last week, the fact-finding mission of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) visited a site in the Damascus suburb of Douma to collect samples in connection with the alleged April 7 chemical attack.
Chief of the Main Operational Directorate of the Russian General Staff Col. Gen. Sergey Rudskoy has announced that the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) had confirmed that there were no chemical weapons found at the Barzeh research center in Damascus despite the US officials’ claims.
The official further noted that thousands of people could have died if there was any chemical weapon on the sites that were attacked by the US-led coalition.
“Immediately after the attacks, many people who worked at these destroyed facilities and just bystanders without any protective equipment visited them. None of them got poisoned with toxic agents,” Rudskoy said.