Excellent, and not just the Libya stuff. Stick with it for Paul’s questions about how smart it is to be arming the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt when Morsi is already wheezing about Jews controlling the media in official diplomatic sessions with the U.S. If you’re wondering why it fell to Paul to ask this question instead of any of the more senior senators who preceded him, it’s because the Senate was perfectly happy to have Obama act unilaterally on Libya. The Iraq war authorization came back to haunt many of them; no one knew at the time how messy Libya might get. O did them a favor, left and right, by freeing them from a tough vote. But Kerry can’t say that so instead he squirms through a few minutes of how the two bombing campaigns are different because they just are. Frankly, Paul let him off easy. You could, if you chose, defend U.S. actions in Cambodia as a cross-border extension of the war already being fought in Vietnam. No such defense for Libya; if anything, the Libya war cut against the AUMF against Al Qaeda that was passed after 9/11 because, as we’ve recently learned, eliminating Qadaffi was actually a boon to jihadist groups like AQ.
We have a president, not a king. Article One, section 8 of the United States Constitution gives Congress the exclusive power to declare war, something they haven’t done since 1941 even though we have been involved in at least five wars since then.
While it is true that Congress has effectively delegated some of that authority under the War Powers Act, nowadays presidents don’t even bother following it’s lax provisions. They just do what they want and Congress lets them.
I’m old enough to remember when Democrats cared about illegal wars. What a quaint notion that is today.