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Rand Paul to John Kerry: If it was wrong to bomb Cambodia without Congress's approval, why is
Hot Air ^ | 1/24/13 | Allahpundit

Posted on 01/24/2013 6:01:07 PM PST by Nachum

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

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Full Title: Rand Paul to John Kerry: If it was wrong to bomb Cambodia without Congress's approval, why is bombing Libya without approval okay?
1 posted on 01/24/2013 6:01:26 PM PST by Nachum
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To: Nachum

bump!


2 posted on 01/24/2013 6:04:55 PM PST by ConservativeMan55
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To: Nachum

Often the best questions are put very easily.

Here is another: Why should the DOD be led by a man who THREW HIS MEDALS OVER THE WH FENCE...?

(indeed, it later turned out they were the medals of someone else...)


3 posted on 01/24/2013 6:12:09 PM PST by gaijin
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To: Nachum

Rand Paul gives us such hope that not all is lost. We need to pray for him. Seriously pray for him.


4 posted on 01/24/2013 6:13:57 PM PST by Truth2012
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To: gaijin

Why should the DOD be led by a man who accused soldiers of committing daily atrocities with the full knowledge and consent of their commanding officers?


5 posted on 01/24/2013 6:14:44 PM PST by Baynative (I'm reading a book about anti-gravity. I can't put it down.)
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To: Nachum

Oh he’s good.


6 posted on 01/24/2013 6:16:55 PM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: Nachum
Full Title: Rand Paul to John Kerry: If it was wrong to bomb Cambodia without Congress's approval, why is bombing Libya without approval okay? <

The correct answer to Paul's question is very simple: The bombing in Cambodia was conducted by a Republican president, therefore evil and wrong. The bombing in Libya was conducted by a Democrat president, therefore just and righteous.

Each and every day, I detest these people a little more...

7 posted on 01/24/2013 6:20:06 PM PST by okie01 (The Mainstream Media: IGNORANCE ON PARADE)
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To: Nachum

Tomorrow Bill Press will claim the war on dessicated rich blue bloods continues with the abuse of John F’n Kerry at the hands of a gang of GOP thugs.


8 posted on 01/24/2013 6:23:01 PM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: Nachum
"What difference does it make?"
9 posted on 01/24/2013 6:26:19 PM PST by bigheadfred
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To: okie01
The bombing in Cambodia was conducted by a Republican president,

LBJ was a Republican? Learn something new every day here.

10 posted on 01/24/2013 6:30:37 PM PST by mnehring
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To: Nachum

Full Title: Rand Paul to John Kerry: If it was wrong to bomb Cambodia without Congress’s approval, why is bombing Libya without approval okay?


Kerry-”Because.”


11 posted on 01/24/2013 6:32:59 PM PST by chessplayer
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To: Truth2012

>> Rand Paul gives us such hope that not all is lost. We need to pray for him. Seriously pray for him.

Amen, and Thanks for saying so!


12 posted on 01/24/2013 6:33:51 PM PST by Nervous Tick (Without GOD, men get what they deserve.)
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To: Nachum

Rand Paul is a bright and articulate man. Elections however do have consequences. Obama and his ilk are now in firm control of the domestic and foreign policy of the United States. There were many questions that could be asked of the vapid left wing Kerry. But to paraphrase Clinton, What would be the point? Obama and his administration will implement their wrong headed policies. The best the Republicans can do is point out the absurdities and make sure the Democrats have ownership. Eventually the saga will turn. $16 trillion in Federal debt, $3 billion a day of continued deficit, trillions more in state and local debts,$100 trillion of unfunded entitlements, a debased currency and a bizarre anti capitalist EPA and Federal bureaucracy that curbs economic growth cannot end well. A foreign policy that will result in a new United Islamic Republic in North Africa, a nuclear armed Iran and chronic instability in Africa and Latin America. A Defense Dept. administered by politically correct career officers and wild eyed incompetent civilians will weaken the armed forces. The Republicans can do little to prevent these horrible policies and coming catastrophic events. However despite a hostile media, they must make it clear to what’s left of competent America that they have better ideas and disavow the liberal nonsense.


13 posted on 01/24/2013 6:36:23 PM PST by allendale
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To: Truth2012

Rand Paul gives us such hope that not all is lost. We need to pray for him. Seriously pray for him.

And his family too!!!

The LEFT will use EVERYTHING to try to DESTROY him now that he has shaken the hornets nest.


14 posted on 01/24/2013 6:40:12 PM PST by GraceG
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To: mnehring

The MSM has convinced Americans that bombing the Khmer Rouge was a Nixon policy. You know better.


15 posted on 01/24/2013 6:48:08 PM PST by jwalsh07
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To: mnehring
LBJ was a Republican? Learn something new every day here.

Whoa! My mistake, I knew better.

But recall that John Kerry made the same mistake. And still doesn't know any better...

16 posted on 01/24/2013 6:51:50 PM PST by okie01 (The Mainstream Media: IGNORANCE ON PARADE)
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To: Nachum

Trey Grayson (the establishment candidate for that Senate seat) would not be doing anything, about anything.


17 posted on 01/24/2013 7:17:27 PM PST by ansel12 (Cruz said "conservatives trust Sarah Palin that if she says this guy is a conservative, that he is")
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To: okie01
Whoa! My mistake, I knew better.

No, you were right the first time, unless another bombing campaign that we're not aware of happened.

Cambodian Bombing Campaign

Pssst! Nixon became President in January 1969.

18 posted on 01/24/2013 7:22:44 PM PST by Calvinist_Dark_Lord ((I have come here to kick @$$ and chew bubblegum...and I'm all outta bubblegum! ~Roddy Piper))
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To: okie01

Carpet bombing that is, not the small scale stuff that LBJ ordered in the mid 60’s. Those didn’t amount to much and were in the wrong places.


19 posted on 01/24/2013 7:28:41 PM PST by Calvinist_Dark_Lord ((I have come here to kick @$$ and chew bubblegum...and I'm all outta bubblegum! ~Roddy Piper))
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To: mnehring

Actually it occurred at the beginning of the Nixon presidency in March 1969.


20 posted on 01/24/2013 8:40:31 PM PST by Smittie
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To: Smittie

Check the link on that post. It was hidden but actually started four years before, under LBJ.


21 posted on 01/24/2013 9:03:28 PM PST by mnehring
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To: okie01

It was Nixon....lol


22 posted on 01/24/2013 9:10:09 PM PST by dragnet2 (Diversion and evasion are tools of deceit)
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To: cripplecreek

lol Bill Press and his life long battle in support of dessicated blue bloods! Bill Press is a poor leftist’s version of Michael Kinsley. Both are warped leftists who change their criticism of policies based on who is president. Their counterparts on the right are Bill Crystal and David Frum. They are all working for the same objective. Guys like them are in charge and guys like us are being told what to do.


23 posted on 01/24/2013 9:20:37 PM PST by SteelTrap
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To: Nachum

I don’t think bombing Cambodia was without congressional approval. As with most laws Congress left the Tonkin Gulf resolution intentionally vague. I blame them for not specifying whether the combat zone was bound by Vietnam’s borders.


24 posted on 01/24/2013 9:23:49 PM PST by Tublecane
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To: Baynative

He’s not leading DoD.


25 posted on 01/25/2013 3:43:34 AM PST by Alissa
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To: Nachum

Seems to me that happened in Pakistan as well.


26 posted on 01/25/2013 4:13:15 AM PST by clearcarbon
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To: Alissa

My mistake, I quoted the post I was replying to without noting the comment.


27 posted on 01/25/2013 8:10:06 AM PST by Baynative (I'm reading a book about anti-gravity. I can't put it down.)
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To: bigheadfred
"What difference does it make?"

None ...picture Rand Paul at the end of a rope trying to hold back a bus that's sliding down hill on an icy street

28 posted on 01/25/2013 8:19:38 AM PST by Baynative (I'm reading a book about anti-gravity. I can't put it down.)
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To: Baynative

I was proposing the new Sec. of Defense just use the outgoing line of the Hillary.


29 posted on 01/25/2013 4:04:42 PM PST by bigheadfred
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