The man is indispensable.
Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul on Thursday blocked swift passage of a $740 billion defense bill over language intended to stop President Trump’s drawdown of troops in Afghanistan.
Trump says he will veto the bill for not including repeal of Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, which gives immunity to social media companies, but the bill passed the House on Tuesday in a veto-proof 335-78 vote.
“This bill creates 535 commanders in chief,” Paul said on the Senate floor.
The libertarian Republicans said “it’s hypocrisy” for hawkish lawmakers to support presidential power to initiate conflicts, but not to end them.
“They really don’t care about their theory of an all powerful commander in chief, they care more about perpetuating the Afghan war,” Paul said.
“Until recently, this chorus of voices sang of nothing but the almighty powers that presidents have as commander in chief. That is until a president arrived on the scene who wanted to reduce overseas troop levels and end America’s longest war in Afghanistan. Then the promoters have a strong commander in chief suddenly jumped ship and began advocating the opposite.” he said.
“This defense authorization bill could more aptly be called a bill to prevent the president from ending the Afghan war,” Paul added.
“The neocon advocates for unlimited presidential war powers should own up to their hypocrisy and admit that their love of perpetual war trumps their oft-stated unitary executive theory.”
Wyoming Republican Rep. Liz Cheney, whose father was vice president when the war in Afghanistan began in 2001, was influential in attaching the language to the bill.