Ron Paul: Obama Violated War Powers Resolution


News Anchor: Congressman Paul thank you for joining us, first of all, you think the president does not have the right to engage the U.S. in the NATO led effort in Libya without Congress’s approval. Today in his press conference, the president made clear that he believes the law does allow him to make this commitment on his own, listen to this for a moment if you would.

Barack Obama: I’m not a Supreme Court Justice, so I’m not going to put my constitutional wall professor head on here, do I think that our actions in any way violate the war powers resolution? The answer is no. So I don’t even have to get to the constitutional question.

News Anchor: Simply sir, what’s your reaction?

Ron Paul: That’s a horrible statement, no he should get the constitution, he doesn’t have to be a constitutional lawyer, you take an oath of office to obey the constitution, if we don’t know what it says, how can we take the oath? The constitution is very clear, you don’t go to war without a declaration. I agree there’s some confusion with the war powers resolution because technically it legalized war rather than prevented war. So I don’t particularly like that bill, but even it’s a law of the land, even that he has violated, because he can’t go to war by talking to the United Nations and NATO and refusing to talk to the Congress, I think this is so sad and the kind of thing that I have been fighting with both parties for decades now, I think it’s taken one step worse because he’s been a little bit more aggressive in declaring that he is the unitary president, that he can do what he wants, he doesn’t have to tell the Congress, so I find it rather sad, that he has taken that position.

News Anchor: We’ll get back to the question of consulting Congress, but first I want to ask you about a point Senator John Kerry raised, as you know he is the chair of the foreign relations committee in the Senate, and he raised the point that if Congress wanted a say in this, they actually had a chance, listen to this…

John Kerry: You’re saying the president violated the process here and didn’t come to the Congress. He did come to the Congress, he sent us a letter requesting us to do the authorization and we didn’t do it, that’s the simple fact here.

News Anchor: He’s saying that Congress dropped the ball at the very beginning, do you acknowledge that Congress could have done something and didn’t?

Ron Paul: They could have done a lot more a lot sooner that is true, they shouldn’t have waited for more than 90 days, they should have immediately let the president know that he was violating war powers resolution and the constitution. But I don’t know what he’s talking about on the appropriations, he has no explicit appropriations for this war, so he doesn’t have the money and he doesn’t have the authority and we’re slipping into another war, and nobody can even count the wars, nobody knows whether this is number four or number five. With a country that’s flat out broke and we allow our presidents to do this, this just means that the constitutional process and the economic situation this country is totally out of control.

News Anchor: Foreign relations, today the president said, you raised the question of consultation, today the president said that the criticism he has not sufficiently consulted with Congress is actually just partisan politics. He says he has consulted with Congress repeatedly had people in repeatedly addressed this issue repeatedly, so are you using this issue simply to score political points?

Ron Paul: He hasn’t called me and he hasn’t come to the Congress and the Congress is everybody and if you follow the laws, the law says, the constitution says if you go to war you have to have a declaration and you can’t replace that with saying “Well we had a UN resolution, we went to NATO.” Many years ago after World War II when NATO was set up, Mr. Republican Robert Taff said “Don’t get into NATO because before you know it, we’ll use NATO for having us slip into these wars” and his predictions were exactly right. The sovereignty of this nation depends on us and not the UN and the constitution is the law of the land, and we don’t have to be constitutional lawyers to understand that, we don’t need lawyers to tell us what to do and not to do, because we shouldn’t be in office if we don’t understand what the constitution says, it’s plain and simple. But he’s not the first, it’s been going on for so long, matter of fact Truman was the first one to do it, he went in under the UN resolution, I’m sure if I’d have been in Congress back in 1940 well 1950 I’d have been as outraged as I am now. But that’s a slippery slope and unfortunately, it’s a large participant in our bankruptcy, right now it’s estimated that wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the new estimates will be over $4 trillion, it’s so hard to estimate at a time when we can’t even pay for medical care for people in this country.

  • aristurtle1

    Well its too bad but as a Canadian I cant really do a whole lot to make sure Ron gets elected but I hope we can all do our part and sway those “I like him but I cant vote for him because he wont win” people…

  • MrWakethesheeple

    I sincerely hope you are joking when you say that Obama stands for what’s right. Since you can write in complete sentences so I know you’re not naturally stupid, I will inform you with compassion that you have been lied to.

    Obama works for the same ruthless corporate interests George W. Bush served and their goal is to shred the United States Constitution and to set up a global government that uses their paper money and loans to ensnare the planet in debt with the US military as enforcer.


      On Obama you are correct.
      In this corporatocracy there is very little difference between a Republican or a Democrat president.
      Any casual research on campaign finance will prove your point conclusively.

  • MrWakethesheeple

    Obama does not stand for ‘what’s right.’ He attacks nations like Libya that are no threat to our national security without getting permission from Congress (even worse than Bush). He says nothing about the TSA telling grandma to take her diaper off at the airport or people regularly being fondled or naked body scanned there. He devalues the US dollar to pay down the debt, crippling the poor, while providing bailouts to banks and forcing Americans to buy private insurance from his donors.

  • MrWakethesheeple

    You need to do more research about Ron Paul. He’s been saying the same things for over 30 years. That’s why they are scared to death of him. You should pray to God he gets elected. He will take a bullet for principles.


  • CamperCarl00

    Ron Paul sounds like he’s just gonna keel over and be another begging dog for Congress. I’m sorry, but we spent 8 years already with a president that did that and it didn’t exactly put us in the right place. The fact that he’s talking to the UN before doing anything is already a thousand times better than what was done before. Congress represents the socialist portion of Democracy, the ability to serve everyone… eventually. Ron Paul is obviously just flinging mud before he’s in the ring.

    • Brett Istre

      No, he’s been saying the same thing for the past 30 years! Ron Paul, like JFK is the real deal!

      Obama is jusy new world order scum!

  • bnfox

    Congress is worthless

  • kz888888

    the only rasonable choice is Ron Paul.

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  • StopAndReadThis

    Ron Paul makes a lot of sense

  • djkrylon

    Amen!! Thank you Ron Paul!!

  • capnhands

    people bashed Bush for Iraq and Afghanistan but nobody is bashing Obama for Libya

    • Really?

      That’s not true, I am a Democratic committeeman for my local precinct and people are bashing President Obama at every meeting, because he is George W. Bush in economic, foreign, and internal security policies!

      Nothing IMPORTANT has changed, only the PRESENTATION has changed.

      If you truly desire change, you must vote for HONEST change, and so far, only Ron Paul smells like change. The rest just want Obama’s job, serving the Elite rather than the People.

  • 101simar

    Ron Paul 2012!!!

    -From the Philippines

  • BolnoyBratchny

    If we don’t elect Ron Paul this nation will collapse.
    If worst comes to worst the people are going to have to take up arms and take our country back ourselves.

    Obama is fucking useless. Where is all that “change” he promised us?? All he gave us was more debt, more foreign entanglements, and a bunch of niggers in the white house.

  • ammiralowling

    It should be noted kerry pretty much had a love affair with obama at the democratic shindig. He kept on going on about what out for this guy he’s going to be something. He was already hand picked, a cia asset or agent no doubt just like the other anti American bush sr. Why since then all they’ve elected are those related to the queen or the cia. Pathetic. Impeach this dictator right now along with the congress & senate. 99% traitors.

  • LeifEiriksson

    Ron Paul 2012! Obama goes blah blah blah blah. Shut the fuck up Obama.

  • tek510

    July 6; my birthday 🙂 I wish Ron Paul becomes president!!!

  • mydogjesus

    So lemme get this straight… Kerry says, “Obama did nothing wrong because he did go to Congress for authorization.” That statement is total stupidity. (because nobody said YES you evil tyrant) We set up a law that you need approval for something… that means the group you need approval from MUST SAY YES. Otherwise, the fucking answer is NO. Just because you ASKED does NOT give you the right to do it. Are these monsters for real??? This is Twilight Zone shit…

    • Libertarian777

      aaah, sounds like you’ve figured the two-party system out.

      On any issue, they will not discuss the issue at hand, but throw red herrings until the main street media bite.

      Afghanistan being an example.
      The discussion not being “should we end the war and come home” vs “should we stay and occupy forever”…
      The discussion is “should we bring 10,000 troops or 30,000 troops home”.

      Even if we brought 30,000 troops home, we’d STILL have 120,000 troops there. That’s an occupation by any measure.

      Another example: Debt ceiling.
      Issue is “government spends 40% more than it takes in”.
      Discussion is “we need to ‘cut’ the deficit by 50%” vs “we need to raise the debt ceiling”.
      Even cutting the deficit by 50% means you’re still spending 20% more than you’re taking in.

      • Get It Right, We Are A Colony

        What does it have to do with any kind of party system, two or however many? I say, we are still a colony of England and like crown colonies, we get to decide local issues only like abortion and homosexualality, but not economics, foreign policy, or internal security as these issues remain the purview of the crown. Even the crown today is owned by the Rothschilds. Time to finally finish what we still haven’t since 1783.

  • mozillagenesis

    “Are you trying to score political points?” lol…….. wow

  • Cryptlord9999

    Go Ron Paul, he is actually intelligent enough to be president unlike Obama the black Hitler.


      If anyone is a “hitler” it would be the two war criminals that gave us the PATRIOT ACT. In case you’re not familiar with it, it eroded your freedoms and rights in the name of fear.
      Obama’s mistake with that issue is that it should have been repealed completely.

  • Misri83

    People who hate Ron Paul or dismiss him is because he isn’t willing to play typical politics with corporate interests and asks the tough questions to keep our country in check. Apparently if you question the authority of our corporate structure and government it’s not patriotic when it is actually the exact opposite.