by Robert Carbery
We have been at war for far too long. Afghanistan is a war that cannot be won. We are not there because of 9/11. We are there to expand the empire and it should not be allowed to continue. So much money is being wasted and one senator has had enough.
Kentucky’s Rand Paul sat on the floor of the Senate Monday night to protest the indefensible foreign policy pouring out of the last few administrations. Paul is the one real fiscal conservative in Washington who is opposed to our nation building and endless foreign wars.
After 16 years in Afghanistan, the Senate is poised to pass the $692 billion Defense Authorization Act. However, Paul is trying to block this bill from moving forward. He instead is demanding that his fellow senators vote on an amendment that would end the 2001 Authorization for the Use of Military Force implemented by the Bush administration shortly after 9/11.
Late Monday, the Senate passed on an 89-3 vote a motion to allow the piece of legislation to proceed. Paul was given four hours to make his case on Tuesday. A full vote could come as early as Wednesday morning.
Sen. Paul said on the floor on Tuesday: “I rise today to oppose unauthorized, undeclared, and unconstitutional war… what we have today is basically unlimited war anywhere, anytime, anyplace upon the globe.” Our reckless foreign policy has created more terrorists than it has killed and it is only getting worse as no president wants to be the one to pull us forever out of Afghanistan.
Paul wrote on Monday:
“As Congress takes up the 2018 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), I will insist it vote on my amendment to sunset the 2001 and 2002 Authorizations for the Use of Military Force.
Because these authorizations to use military force are inappropriately being used to justify American warfare in 7 different countries. Sunsetting both AUMFs will force a debate on whether we continue the Afghanistan war, the Libya war, the Yemen war, the Syria war, and other interventions.
Our military trains our soldiers to be focused and disciplined, yet the politicians who send them to fight have for years ignored those traits when developing our foreign policy.
The result? Trillions spent in seemingly endless conflicts in every corner of the globe, while we find ourselves 16 years into the war in Afghanistan wondering what our purpose there even is any more, or if we’ll ever bring our troops home.
If we don’t get this rudderless foreign policy under control now, we’ll still be asking the same questions another 16 years down the road.
It’s time to demand the policymakers take their own jobs as seriously as the men and women we ask to risk it all for our nation.”
If not now, when? Paul is asking. We cannot continue this disastrous foreign policy and maintain the status quo in perpetuity. A debate must be had. And the Senate must step up and do its job and check the war hungry executive branch driven by the military industrial complex.
How can you help? Contact your senators by calling (202) 224-3121 if you want to stand with Rand and end the occupation of foreign nations.
No more endless wars.
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by Robert Carbery