Rand Paul: The New AUMF Will Expand the President’s Authority to Involve Us in War
PAUL: "Unfortunately, I think the authorization they’re putting forward will expand the president’s authority to involve us in war. Currently we’re involved in six or seven countries actively and another 10 or 20 sort of intermittently. This new authorization will authorize all of those wars and then some. For the first time it will authorize something called Associated Forces which means anybody on the planet who says they are associated or we think are associated we can go to war with. And so my fear is that this new authorization will not constrain the president but will actually expand the presidential power, will expand our military involvement around the world."