SEN. RAND PAUL (R-KY): Madison was very explicit, when he wrote the Federalist papers, he wrote that history supposes, or the constitution supposes what history demonstrates is that the executive is the branch most likely to go to war and therefore the constitution vested that power in the Congress. It is explicit throughout all of Madison's writings. This power is a Congressional power and it is not an executive power. They didn't say big war, small war. They didn't say boots on the ground, not boots on the ground. They said declare war.
That's not exactly correct. The Constitution also empowers Congress to grant letters of Marque and Reprisal.
Many pretend these don't exist, and that they're from a bygone era.
However, what they are are military or covert operations less than war that injure an enemy for reasons of reprisal or national security interest.
So, Congress can grant a letter to pursue an objective that injures an enemy, even militarily, but that is less than war.
posted on 09/04/2013 3:56:40 AM PDT
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His old man lectured on using letters of Marque and Reprisal. Ron, wanted to use them to go after OBL.
Secondly, Rand is wrong on War. A State is also empowered to engage in War. Congress and a State are the only principles that can do that.
posted on 09/04/2013 7:09:06 AM PDT
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