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Rand Paul to Kerry: If it was wrong to bomb Cambodia without Congressís approval, why is Libya OK?
Hotair ^ | 01/25/2013 | AllahPundit

Posted on 01/25/2013 6:27:15 AM PST by SeekAndFind

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.

My one criticism of Paul here is his failure to press Kerry on his proferred excuse, that Obama had no time to ask Congress for action because Qadaffi was about to put thousands of Libyan rebels in Benghazi to the sword. Nonsense. Go look at the timeline leading up to the west’s military intervention. Protests against Qadaffi broke out in mid-February; by February 21, Libyan diplomats were asking the UN for a no-fly zone. A day later Hillary was issuing public statements denouncing Qaddafi and by March 1 the Senate had passed a non-binding resolution — unanimously — encouraging the UN to impose that no-fly zone. It wasn’t until March 15, however, that NFZ was finally approved and not until March 19 that France, backed by the U.S., began an air campaign over the country. Obama had nearly an entire month in which he could have asked for congressional approval but Kerry wants you to believe that his decision was made under some sort of emergency conditions, a la an invasion or nuclear attack, where the president had no choice logistically but to act on his own. Pitiful. He’ll be confirmed with 95+ votes anyway.

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TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Foreign Affairs; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: cambodia; johnkerry; libya; randpaul

1 posted on 01/25/2013 6:27:20 AM PST by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

gotcha!~


2 posted on 01/25/2013 6:28:25 AM PST by Doogle (USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated))
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To: SeekAndFind

3 posted on 01/25/2013 6:30:16 AM PST by Diogenesis (Vi veri veniversum vivus vici)
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To: SeekAndFind
"It's OK when WE do it."
4 posted on 01/25/2013 6:31:32 AM PST by E. Pluribus Unum (TYRANNY: When the people fear the politicians. LIBERTY: When the politicians fear the people.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Seared in my mind.


5 posted on 01/25/2013 6:31:49 AM PST by immadashell
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To: SeekAndFind

Paul should have asked Kerry how in the hell he ever became a US Senator instead of serving time restoring government furniture at Leavenworth.


6 posted on 01/25/2013 6:32:54 AM PST by TADSLOS ( "I ask sir, what is the militia? It is the whole people except for a few politicians."-George Mason)
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To: SeekAndFind

I like Rand Paul and would support him, but why do these guys only find a spine and voice when they are preparing to run for POTUS?


7 posted on 01/25/2013 6:36:33 AM PST by Erik Latranyi (When religions have to beg the gov't for a waiver, we are already under socialism.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Keep calling out the hippy crits.


8 posted on 01/25/2013 6:38:11 AM PST by Ray76 (Do you reject Obama? And all his works? And all his empty promises?)
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To: SeekAndFind

A good week for Rand Paul with his questioning of Clinton and Kerry. Wish we had him as Senate Minority Leader instead of milk-toast McConnell.


9 posted on 01/25/2013 6:41:10 AM PST by Rummyfan (Iraq: it's not about Iraq anymore, it's about the USA!)
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To: SeekAndFind

And when did a political assassination became an “okay” ?????


10 posted on 01/25/2013 6:44:56 AM PST by Sacajaweau
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To: SeekAndFind
During a 2007 interview with Charlie Savage, then a journalist with the Boston Globe, Savage asked Obama, "In what circumstances, if any, would the president have constitutional authority to bomb Iran without seeking a use-of-force authorization from Congress?"

Obama said, "The president does not have power under the Constitution to unilaterally authorize a military attack in a situation that does not involve stopping an actual or imminent threat to the nation."

He added, "As commander-in-chief, the president does have a duty to protect and defend the United States. In instances of self-defense, the president would be within his constitutional authority to act before advising Congress or seeking its consent. History has shown us time and again, however, that military action is most successful when it is authorized and supported by the legislative branch. It is always preferable to have the informed consent of Congress prior to any military action."

11 posted on 01/25/2013 6:48:00 AM PST by Eagle of Liberty (Be the Enemy Within the Enemy Within...)
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To: SeekAndFind
Maybe Rand would like to ask Kerry about his plotting to assassinate US Senators.
12 posted on 01/25/2013 6:48:22 AM PST by Paine in the Neck (Socialism consumes everything)
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To: SeekAndFind; ding_dong_daddy_from_dumas; DoughtyOne; Gilbo_3; Impy; stephenjohnbanker; NFHale; ...

Rand nailed ‘both sides of the war’ Kerry.


13 posted on 01/25/2013 6:54:53 AM PST by sickoflibs (Losing to Dems and Obama is not a principle! Its just losing.)
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To: sickoflibs

Well, he was for it before he was against it. Or maybe against it before he was for it . . .


14 posted on 01/25/2013 6:56:52 AM PST by rightwingintelligentsia (Be careful of believing something just because you want it to be true.)
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To: Erik Latranyi

Who are “these guys”...what guys are you comparing Rand Paul with?

That’s my first question. Do you mean “Republicans in Washington DC”? Conservatives?

Rand Paul doesn’t exactly fit whatever basket you’re putting him in, and that’s not clear to me yet. He has not been in the Senate very long. He’s a Tea Party type or at least he ran as one and was endorsed and won that way. But he did appeal to Kentucky or they wouldn’t have elected him.

As far as what did he do before that, I believe he was in the House of Representatives first, before running for Senate. I believe from the get-go he has been outspoken as to what he thinks and believes. Now this has come in concert with running for offices, but that’s how you get in the news and get people’s attention to your words, your pronouncements. Otherwise you’re a nobody and people don’t even know about your views, much less care.

Now that he’s becoming more widely known, Rand Paul is making noises about running for POTUS. But otherwise nothing much has changed about Rand Paul that I can see. HE wasn’t some quiet little nobody who suddenly became outspoken. You have to remember he was sitting on a Senate committee that gave him the right to question Clinton and Kerry. Otherwise you wouldn’t be seeing such a big deal made of his statements and questions.


15 posted on 01/25/2013 7:09:10 AM PST by txrangerette ("...hold to the truth; speak without fear". (Glenn Beck))
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To: SeekAndFind

I disagree. “Libya” would have been an easy vote. Hell no is what I would have said. What is the argument for our involvement?


16 posted on 01/25/2013 7:19:05 AM PST by plain talk
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To: Erik Latranyi

Even Rand Paul is pro-amnesty on illegal immigration—which means he is aiding the Democrat cause far more effectively than he is opposing it.


17 posted on 01/25/2013 7:22:13 AM PST by 9YearLurker
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To: txrangerette

I believe Rand Paul went straight from the private sector to the senate.


18 posted on 01/25/2013 7:22:46 AM PST by Third Person (I'm in my prime.)
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To: SeekAndFind
The U.S. military has been used to eliminate the secular strongmen rulers of the Arab/Muslim world thus allowing the militant Muslim murderers to gain enormous power and increase their threats to the entire world.

And I have to lump Bush’s attack on Iraq as another undeclared ,and I believe, unconstitutional war.

The Saudi Wahhabists must be very amused by the foolish Americans.

19 posted on 01/25/2013 7:38:12 AM PST by hoosierham (Freedom isn't free)
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To: Doogle

Gee Senator Kerry,
too bad Nixon didn’t have predator drones to send against the VC, Pathet Lao and Khmers in Cambodia, Vietnam and Laos, eh?


20 posted on 01/25/2013 8:20:18 AM PST by silverleaf (Age Takes a Toll: Please Have Exact Change)
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

Jane Fonda supports him.


21 posted on 01/25/2013 8:24:22 AM PST by sanjuanbob
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To: SeekAndFind

John Kerry for Secretary of State? The same John Kerry who picked John Edwards as his running mate? Really?


22 posted on 01/25/2013 8:25:33 AM PST by csmusaret (I will give Obama credit for one thing- he is living proof that familiarity breeds contempt.)
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To: txrangerette

Rand Paul’s father, Ron Paul, was a representative from Texas. Rand Paul was a private citizen in Bowling Green, KY before he was elected to the Senate in 2010 with the support of the tea party.


23 posted on 01/25/2013 8:51:41 AM PST by lakecumberlandvet
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To: SeekAndFind

Never expect logic and consistency from a communist. They say whatever is expedient for the moment.

Kerry is a committed communist, and is the chosen replacement for Hillary as the next communist president of the country.

Hillary is finished politically. She will get some plum political appointee job getting rich off our money.


24 posted on 01/25/2013 9:08:48 AM PST by I want the USA back
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