Will It Be Perpetual War?

IN the beginning war could only be declared by act of Congress and then along came the attacks of 9/11 and the Congress gave their powers up to the president to declare war whenever the mood struck him.

The Authorization for the Use Of Military Force (AUMF) gave the president unlimited power to decide what was a war and when to go fight…..the Congress took a backseat….

In 2018 a bi-partisan bill has taken a new step forward…..

In the near future, Congress will debate a new Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF). I use the word “debate” lightly. So far, no hearings have been scheduled, and no testimony is likely to be heard unless something changes. That’s a shame, because this is a serious matter, and this is a deeply flawed AUMF.

For some time now, Congress has abdicated its responsibility to declare war. The status quo is that we are at war anywhere and anytime the president says so.

So Congress—in a very Congress way of doing things—has a “solution.” Instead of reclaiming its constitutional authority, it instead intends to codify the unacceptable, unconstitutional status quo.

http://www.theamericanconservative.com/articles/rand-paul-congress-moves-to-give-the-president-unlimited-war-powers/

Yes I wrote that this was a bi-partisan bill……so how do the Dems fit into this bill?

If there is any surprise that Senate Democrats, most of whom are virtually indistinguishable from pro-war Republicans, are about to coalesce in support of the newest version of the Authority for the Use of Military Force of 2018 (AUMF), then you have seriously not been paying attention.

The proposed AUMF of 2018 would replace AUMF 2001 and  repeal AUMF 2002 while it will codify an “uninterrupted authority to use all necessary and appropriate force in armed conflict” against  the Taliban, al Qaeda, ISIS and as yet unidentified “designated associated forces” who might “pose a grave threat to the US” in whatever country they occupy.

https://www.commondreams.org/views/2018/04/25/democratic-partys-war-history-and-aumf-2018

There is a provision in the new AUMF that has a disturbing consequence…..

……..a bipartisan group of six lawmakers, led by Sens. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., and Tim Kaine, D-Va., is proposing a new AUMF that would greatly expand who the president can place in indefinite military detention, allin the name of restricting presidential power. If the Corker-Kaine bill becomes law as currently written, any president, including Donald Trump, could plausibly claim extraordinarily broad power to order the military to imprison any U.S. citizen, captured in America or not, and hold them without charges essentially forever.

https://theintercept.com/2018/05/01/ndaa-2018-aumf-detention/

I smell a challenge to this new attempt…..does not seem to be in the spirit of the Constitution…..

But we will see……it looks like more of the same or in other words….perpetual war.

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17 thoughts on “Will It Be Perpetual War?

    1. I have seen most of the theories and I believe that it was the Saudis that had this planned…I mean look at the threat leveled at Canada…..I think they have shown their hand finally….chuq

      1. Yeah, those oily, bathrobe wearing, motherfuckers sure don’t play nice. With their money, power and US granted immunity….they’re like Israel, only with endless amounts of oil and not even the pretense of democracy!

        Needless to say, in the last week I’ve doubled the weekly donation amounts to my Luxury Survival Bunker Fund!

      2. Good thinking. Have you been paying attention to these almost daily Saudi vs Canada battles? Fucking insane! (Future topic, perhaps?)

      1. OK.
        The 9/11 Conspiracy Theory (one of them) is that it was a ‘false flag’ attack, made by the US on its own country, with the collusion of Saudi Arabia. The reason behind it was to give the US an excuse to start the ‘War On Terror’, grab the oil-rich countries, and to change the power of the president to make him more of an authority figure with virtually unlimited power. I recommend watching ‘Loose Change’, (free on You Tube) for more details. Once that event happened, I was immediately suspicious of the power behind it, and the change in the law to allow the president to essentially declare war just made me more convinced that there was so much more to the 9/11 attacks than a handful of (very successful, let’s face it) predominantly Saudi terrorists.
        Best wishes, Pete.

  1. As much as I don’t trust Congress to make a decision on what color socks to wear each morning – I do think this constant, “small” wars tradition we’ve created has got to stop!!

    1. I agree but the problem is the military is moving more and more to these small wars as a way to further interests…we need to come home and protect those that protect us….chuq

  2. I am in favor of closing all bases outside the United States. Bring the troops home. The more we do especially in the Middle East the worse things get.

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