Texas Congressman Ron Paul has joined the growing chorus of voices opposing President Barack Obama’s decision to go to war in Libya without Congressional approval.
Article 1, Section 8 of the U.S. Constitution clearly states that Congress shall have the power “To declare War, grant Letters of Marque and Reprisal, and make Rules concerning Captures on Land and Water.”
In a video shot on Friday, Ron Paul calls President Obama’sÂ decision to impose a no-fly zone over Libya “an act of war.”
“The no-fly zone is unconstitutional because Congress has not authorized it,” he says. Watch the full video below.
The idea that any one man has the power to take the entire nation to war is downright undemocratic regardless of who is president. A recent FOX News poll found 65 of registered voters opposed to U.S. military involvement in Libya.
The tragedy playing out in Libya demands the world attention, but it is hardly unique. Last week,Â Saudi Arabian forces invaded Bahrain to help the repressive al-KhalifaÂ monarchy brutally suppress an uprising by the nation’s Shia majority.
In attacking Muammar Gaddafi while ignoring the atrocities committed by the House of Saud, President Obama continues the longstanding U.S. tradition of condemning one dictator while shaking hands with another. This is not the change we voted for in 2008. It is business as usual.Â No wonder he didn’t want the issue to go before Congress, where lawmakers like Ron Paul could have engaged in a public debate over the rationale for going to war in Libya. If the past ten years of the War on Terror have taught us anything, it should be that these types of decisions should never be made behind closed doors.
Photo of Ron Pual by R. DeYoung