by Susan Jones, CNS News:
Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) says the war in Iraq isn’t over until Congress formally declares it is over and repeals its authorization for the president to use military force there.
“In fact, you know, one of the important constitutional questions here is, what authority does anyone have to go to war in Iraq? I’ve been trying to take that authority away,” Paul told NBC’s “Meet the Press” on Sunday.
In 2011, when President Obama declared that the Iraq war finally was over, Paul introduced an amendment to a defense authorization bill that would have formally ended the war by canceling congressional authorization for it. His goal was to prevent President Obama from invoking prior authorization to commit troops to combat.
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