Kentucky Senator Rand Paul has called on Congress to end the 2001 and 2002 Authorizations for Use of Military Force. Paul opened his speech on the senate floor by saying,
“I rise today to oppose unauthorized, undeclared, and unconstitutional war. What we have today is basically unlimited war, anywhere, anytime, any place upon the globe.”
He went on to discuss the involvement of the US military in seven countries and the devastating results. Death, destruction of infrastructure, destabilization, disease outbreaks, etc. Paul also pointed out the toll that 16 years of nonstop war has had on US finances.
Paul concluded his statement by stating, “I hope senators will think long and hard about the seven ongoing wars…and go on the record to uphold their oath of office…and defend the constitution and it’s requirements with regard to war,” and “I hope they will finally vote to do their constitutional duty. It is the least we can do to honor the service of our brave young soldiers.”
It’s the best thing they can do for the entire world. And it’s long overdue. So, yes, please Congress, do this.
Watch all of Sen. Paul’s speech here.