Following the Obama administration’s decision to launch air strikes on Syrian territory without a declaration of war or authorization from Congress, Rep. Walter Jones (R-NC) questioned why the United States even has a Constitution anymore.
As we highlighted yesterday, the Obama administration’s legal justification for military strikes inside Syria does not come from Congress, which was not consulted, nor does it even come from the United Nations, a fall back the Obama White House used following the 2011 bombardment of Libya.
Obama’s legal framework for the campaign against ISIS in Syria rests on a 2001 authorization of military force that expressly limits military action to be used against “those nations, organizations, or persons” that “planned, authorized, committed, or aided the terrorist attacks that occurred on September 11, 2001, or harbored such organizations or persons.”
With Al-Qaeda having divorced itself from Islamic State, ISIS has no connection whatsoever to 9/11, meaning Obama’s legal basis for the attacks inside Syria is non-existent.
Congressman Walter Jones, who previously accused Obama of committing an impeachable offense for his failure to get the green light from Congress before the attack on Libya, questioned why the United States even has a Constitution anymore given the White House’s propensity to repeatedly ignore and violate its terms.
“They can make all the calls they want and that’s fine but when you really come down to it, do you follow the Constitution or not? If we don’t want to follow the Constitution, then why do we have a Constitution?”Jones told Breitbart News, adding, “It goes back to the Vietnam war and it just seems to get worse and worse.”
The Congressmaneven hinted that the bombing campaign was timed by the administration to coincide with lawmakers going on recess.
Written by Paul Joseph Watson
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