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Another War?

Dear Friends:

Senator Mitch McConnell is sneaking around trying to pass an authorization that will empower President Obama and any of his successors to wage endless war anywhere on the globe on where the president determines ISIS might be present. As Dr. Paul points out in his latest weekly column, this will make the acquiescence of Congress to Bush's war on Iraq look like child's play. Why is McConnell bending the Senate rules to give away the keys of the kingdom to the president on war? Probably a political calculation that the next president will be Republican and thus can hit the ground running -- and without running into any Constitutional roadblocks.

Of course handing this kind of power to the president is the sort of thing that would have the Founding Fathers rolling in their graves. It makes a mockery of Congress' obligation under the Constitution to rein in an Executive that history has shown is all too willing to take a country to war -- and to ruin. The abuse of the 2001 Authorization after 9/11 -- justifying thus far new bombing in Iraq and Syria -- should be lesson enough to make Congress think twice, but unfortunately the brakes have failed and the climate of fear has prevailed. Passing such an open-ended authorization will not be Congress doing its Constitutional duty, but rather once again shirking its Constitutional oversight responsibility. 

Hillary Clinton would love to win the ring and thus hold power to wage war anywhere she pleases. Finding herself lately under the gun for storing the most sensitive government intelligence secrets possible on her own homebrew server located in the bathroom of her house, RPI Advisor Judge Andrew Napolitano thinks she is just as likely to end up in the big house as the White House. Under the gun from an opponent who dares suggest that the Iran agreement should allowed to proceed, Clinton erupted into a rage at the recent Democratic debate. Don't dare sound like Ron Paul on Iran, Clinton warned Bernie Sanders as she cozied up to the neocons just to the Right of Republican candidates Rubio and Cruz. The more a desperate Hillary adopts neocon talking points, the lower her numbers sink. That should be encouraging to us.

I mentioned Syria above. On Friday I appeared on RT's flagship talk show Crosstalk to discuss the Geneva peace talks scheduled to begin early this week. I pointed out that the US and Saudi Arabia both insist that the opposition in Syria must be represented by a group allied with al-Qaeda. Does Washington really believe that going on 15 years after 9/11 Americans will accept al-Qaeda as a legitimate negotiating partner? No wonder there is so much cynicism today! I joined the Scott Horton show on Friday to suggest that the upcoming Geneva peace talks on Syria might be delayed unless Russia blinks at the inclusion of al-Qaeda's allies on the negotiating table.

Once again we had a busy week at the Ron Paul Institute. Your support allows us to continue challenging the neocons in their aggressive foreign policy and their desire to deprive us of our civil liberties.

I will append to this weekly update a full list of clickable articles we have published this week at RPI.

Stay tuned for more and please don't hesitate to email me with questions or comments.

Daniel McAdams
Executive Director
Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity


RPI Publication List for Week of Jan 18-24

Missing from the 'State of the Union'
by Philip Giraldi

When Free Trade Fails, War Follows
by Daniel McAdams

The Right to Tell the Government to Go to Hell: Free Speech in an Age of Government Bullies, Corporate Censors and Compliant Citizens
by John Whitehead

The Riverine Mysteries
by Justin Raimondo

The Injustice Of Mandatory Minimums
by Daniel McAdams

Democrats in ‘Group Think’ Land
by Robert Parry

Syria's Moment: RPI's Daniel McAdams on Crosstalk
by RPI Staff

Hillary to Bernie: Stop Sounding Like Ron Paul on Iran!
by Adam Dick

Pentagon Chief Says ‘Boots On The Ground’ Part Of ‘Accelerated’ Strategy For ISIS Fight
by Tyler Durden

Congress is Writing the President a Blank Check for War
by Ron Paul

That Didn't Take Long: US to Impose New Sanctions on Iran
by Daniel McAdams

A Video Introduction to Police Militarization
by Adam Dick

Inflation And Banknotes: The War on Money
by Paul-Martin Foss

Judge Napolitano: Hard to Believe FBI Won't Recommend Indictment of Hillary
by Adam Dick

Al-Qaeda Allies to Represent Opposition in Upcoming Syria Peace Talks
by Daniel McAdams

Report: Clinton Emails Contained Human Intelligence Classified At Highest Levels
by Jonathan Turley

WaPo's Jennifer Rubin: More Regime Change, Please!
by Daniel McAdams

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