Ron Paul and The Legality of America’s Next Undeclared War

LawFuel.com – Ron Paul has castigated President Obama over the US involvement in the war in Mali which he views as another creeping involvement in another country that can only bring despair and once again, according to Ron Paul, shows the disdain taken by the US leadership for the constitutional obligation to ensure wars are undertaken by legislative consent rather than some presidential decree or whim.

The retired congressman said: “President Obama last week began his second term by promising that “a decade of war is now ending.” As he spoke, the US military was rapidly working its way into another war, this time in the impoverished African country of Mali. As far as we know, the US is only providing transport and intelligence assistance to France, which initiated the intervention then immediately called Washington for back-up and funding. However, even if US involvement is limited and, as Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said, US boots on the ground are not being considered “at this time,” this clearly is developing into another war. As usual, the mission is creeping.

“Within the first week of French military action in Mali, the promise that it would be a quick operation to put down an Islamic rebel advance toward the capitol was broken. France announced that it would be forced to send in thousands of troops and would need to remain far longer than the few weeks it initially claimed would be necessary.
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“There is a reason why the framers of our Constitution placed the authority to declare war strictly with the legislative branch of government. They knew well that kings were all too willing to go to war without the consent of those who would do the killing and dying − and funding. By placing that authority in Congress, the people’s branch of government, they intended to blunt the executive branch’s enthusiasm toward overseas adventurism. The consequences of this steady erosion of our system toward the unitary executive are dire.”

Ron Paul may have ended his official involvement in Washington but his message regarding the manner in which the US involves itself overseas continues to be one he will trumpet with his trademark enthusiasm.

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