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US Action in Mali is Another Undeclared War

 

President Obama last week began his second term by promising that “a decade of war is now ending.” As he spoke, the US military was rapidly working its way into another war, this time in the impoverished African country of Mali. As far as we know, the US is only providing transport and intelligence assistance to France, which initiated the intervention then immediately called Washington for back-up and funding. However, even if US involvement is limited, and, as Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said, US boots on the ground are not being considered “at this time,” this clearly is developing into another war. As usual, the mission is creeping.

Within the first week of French military action in Mali, the promise that it would be a quick operation to put down an Islamic rebel advance toward the capitol was broken. France announced that it would be forced to send in thousands of troops and would need to remain far longer than the few weeks it initially claimed would be necessary.

Media questions as to whether the US has Special Operations forces, drones, or CIA paramilitary units active in Mali are unanswered by the Administration. Congress has asked few questions and demanded few answers from the president. As usual, it was not even consulted. But where does the president get the authority to become a co-combatant in French operations in Mali, even if US troops are not yet overtly involved in the attack?

How did we get to Mali? Blowback and unintended consequences played key roles. When the president decided to use the US military to attack Libya in 2011, Congress was not consulted. The president claimed that UN and NATO authority for the use of US military force were sufficient and even superior to any kind of Congressional declaration. Congress once again relinquished its authority, but also its oversight power, by remaining silent. That meant the difficult questions such as why is the action necessary, what would it entail, and what kind of unintended consequences might we see if the operation does not go exactly as planned, were neither asked nor answered.

When Gaddafi was overthrown in Libya, many fighters from Mali who had lived in Libya and been trained by Gaddafi’s military returned to their home country with sophisticated weapons and a new determination to continue their fight for independence for northern Mali. Thus the France-initiated action against Libya in 2011 led to new violence and instability in Mali that France decided it must also address. Shortly after the French attack on Mali, rebels in Algeria attacked a BP gas facility in retaliation for their government’s decision to allow foreign military to fly over Algerian territory en route to Mali. Thus the action in Mali to solve the crisis created by the prior action in Libya is turning into a new crisis in Algeria. This is the danger of interventionism and, as we saw in Vietnam more than four decades ago, it threatens to drag the US further into the conflict. And Congress is AWOL.

There is a reason why the framers of our Constitution placed the authority to declare war strictly with the Legislative Branch of government. They knew well that kings were all too willing to go to war without the consent of those who would do the killing and dying — and funding. By placing that authority in Congress, the people’s branch of government, they intended to blunt the executive branch’s enthusiasm toward overseas adventurism. The consequences of this steady erosion of our system toward the unitary executive are dire.

 

Why Ron Paul Fans Are Especially Furious About John Boehner’s Conservative ‘Purge’

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Fans of Republican Congressman Ron Paul suffered another defeat in their quest for acceptance in the GOP this week, with House Speaker John Boehner’s decision to remove four libertarian-friendly Republican Congressmen from top congressional committees. 

 

The “purge” — which removed freshmen Reps. Justin Amash (R-MI), Tim Huelskamp (R-KS), Walter Jones (R-NC), and David Schweikert (R-AZ) from the House Budget and Banking Committees — sparked outrage among movement conservatives, who interpreted the action as a “warning” for other Republican members to fall in line with a deal that would raise taxes.

Nowhere has the criticism been more biting than among members of the so-called “Liberty Movement,” the cottage political industry and grassroots networks spawned by Ron Paul and his disciples.

Like Paul, all four of the ousted congressmen are hardcore deficit hawks and critics of the Federal Reserve. Amash, in particular, has an avid following among Ron Paul’s supporters (Rand Paul-Justin Amash 2016 signs were common at Ron Paul rallies throughout the 2012 primaries). The Michigan Republican has publicly declared himself a fan of Ron Paul, and even earned an endorsement from the libertarian demi-god during his first congressional campaign in 2010.

“What’s the point of even having a Republican Party if you’re going to punish those who believe in balanced budgets and fiscal responsibility? The GOP stands as the opposition to what, exactly?” said Jack Hunter, a Liberty Movement blogger with deep ties to the Pauls. “Everyone knows Republicans haven’t been any better than the Democrats in cutting spending for years and the current House Leadership seems hell-bent on preserving this shameful heritage.”

“The current battle within the GOP is whether it will be the party of limited government or limitless government,” Hunter told Business Insider“It’s no secret on which side of that divide Congressman Justin Amash stands, and with his recent decision Speaker Boehner has now made it perfectly clear where he stands.”

Matt Hawes, vice president of Paul’s political organization the Campaign for Liberty, similarly sees the “purge” as part of a growing push to sideline libertarian-minded conservatives in the Republican Party.

“I think this is the latest example in a disturbing trend of the Establishment cracking down on people who are serious about cutting spending,” Hawes told Business Insider. “The Establishment is doing the best they are doing to stymie some of the people who are most passionate, and most committed to limited government.”

But Hawes also sees an opportunity for the movement, which has lost momentum since Paul’s primary loss and subsequent fade into retirement.

“I think it’s something that encourages a lot of our people to get further involved. It shows how much the movement has grown that the Establishment has to make these power grabs out in public — it shows the increasing desperation,” Hawes said, adding “It’s getting people more fired up.” 

Evidence of Hawes’ claims are readily apparent in the Ron Paul Internet Universe, where bloggers and commenters have issued a rallying cry for Amash, urging fellow Paul devotees to call their representatives to demand Boehner reinstate the “purged” congressmen and resign from the speaker post.

Here’s a sampling from Ron Paul blogs:

 

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From the comments on Amash’s Facebook page:

 

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And here’s a meme that’s being passed around by Paul fans on Twitter:

 

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While Ron Paul’s office did not respond to a request for comment, his fans do have a fellow Amash supporter in his son, Senator Rand Paul (R-KY).

“The House leaders chose to punish some of their more conservative members for voting for a budget that balanced in the short term, and against one that took 28 years to balance — for standing up for fiscal sanity, they were removed from the budget committee,” Sen. Paul said in a statement emailed to Business Insider. “It sends the wrong message both to conservative members and to the American taxpayer.”