August 14, 2014 – From a statement made on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives on May 6, 1999: “Osama bin Laden was our good friend because he was a freedom fighter.” This statement was made during a hearing on fiscal year 1999 defense supplemental spending, where I remind the U.S. Congress that to declare war is its responsibility and not that of the president.
From the video:
“Today we have things turned upside down. We have the president declaring war and we say nothing, and the Congress micromanaging the war that shouldn’t exist. We can straighten this mess out if we reject these funds. It is suggested that this amendment would go a long way to doing it. I’m not all that optimistic. For us to say to the president, ‘Thou shalt not use these funds for a ground war,’ he has not had the authority to wage his air war. Why would he listen to us now? Could we trust him and say he is going to listen to what we tell him? Of course not. He’s already fighting his air war, and he will continue to. He has set the standard, and he alone—all of our presidents, from World War II, have set the standard that they will do what they darn well please.”
Do you believe presidents should be able to authorize acts of war as they please?