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Rand Paul: War Powers Act Will Expand, Not Slow, Trump's Actions

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By    |   Tuesday, 17 April 2018 01:31 PM

A new war powers resolution being presented through the Senate expands, rather than lessens, a president's ability to expand the military's involvement around the world, Sen. Rand Paul said Tuesday.

He also told Fox News' "America's Newsroom" co-host Bill Hemmer that he is "not so sure the war on terror is beneficial or working at this point."

"Unfortunately, the authorization they're putting forward will expand the president's authority to involve us in war," the Kentucky Republican told Hemmer. "Currently we're involved in six or seven countries actively and another 10 or 20 sorts of intermittently. This new authorization will authorize all of those wars and then some."

The resolution, presented by Sens. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., and Tim Kaine, D-Va., will revisit authorizations Congress approved in 2001 and 2002 for the wars in Afghanistan, following the 9/11 attacks.

Critics say Congress shouldn't be using such resolutions to allow action against extremist groups, such as the Islamic State. However, a new resolution might not provide Congress' authorization for airstrikes President Donald Trump ordered last weekend in response to a chemical weapons attack in a Damascus suburb.

"For the first time, it will authorize something called associated forces, which means anybody on the planet who says they are associated or we think are associated, we can go to war with," said Paul.

"My fear is that this new authorization will not constrain the president, but it will actually expand the presidential power, will expand our military involvement around the world."

Paul also questioned whether the ongoing war on terrorism is working.

"For every terrorist you kill, are you killing more terrorists than are created?" he said. "We kill a terrorist somewhere in Algeria, what do the relatives do, become terrorists or go home and say it's fine the Americans killed the leader of our village. We're fine with that."

Or, he said, do they "strap on vests and decide to attack the U.S,?" said Paul. "I'm not so sure the war on terror is beneficial or working at this point."

Meanwhile, inspectors will be permitted to search the site of last week's attack in Damascus, but Paul said Syrian President Bashar Assad would have to be the "dumbest dictator on the planet" if the bomb site isn't scrubbed clean.

"The only thing that galvanizes world opposition to the Assad regime, the only thing that gets us involved in all is the use of chemical weapons," said Paul.

"When you compare them to other weapons, there are other weapons much more lethal. Ten guys with machine guns are more lethal than this attack was. I'm not saying it was horrific. It doesn't make sense for Assad to have done this because it galvanized the world against him."

Paul said he hasn't gotten any briefing about what proof there is to imply Assad was behind the April 7 bombings, which killed dozens of civilians, but if he did do it, "he is the dumbest dictator on the planet."

The senator on Tuesday also said he will likely vote against confirming Mike Pompeo as secretary of state, because of his stance on Afghanistan.

"He is for sending more GIs to Afghanistan,' said Paul. "I don't think we should send one more soldier there. Declare victory and come home. "

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Sen. Rand Paul said Tuesday a new war powers resolution being presented through the Senate expands, rather than lessens, a president's ability to expand the military's involvement around the world.
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