Paul Ryan has the record of an Interventionist, Neo-Conservative War Monger
Apparently, Representative Ryan never met a War he didn’t like. He is on record in favor of all the foreign intervention of the Bush and Obama administrations. He approves of the president using our military and our sons and daughters as a personal play-toy. Furthermore, he refuses to support measures which bring the president to accountability, or cut funding when executive powers are abused. Most disgustingly, he favors the policy of Congress passing the prerogative of war to the President, thereby shirking the constitutional duty of the Congress to declare war. I can think of no more cowardly attitude then one who votes in support of offensive war, yet lacks the courage to go on record and actually Declare a State of War. Is this the type of leadership Americans want?
Paul Ryan on International Intervention, War, and Presidential Offensive Force:
Kosovo and East Timor
Paul Ryan supported military activity in Kosovo and East Timor. In the 106th Congress he refused his consent to remove troops from the Kosovo conflict (HCR 82). Furthermore, he refused DEA Funding cuts that would have halted funding for military construction outside the U.S. and would have ended funding for military operations in Kosovo and East Timor, unless the funds were used to bring the troops home. In fairness, he voted in opposition to HCR 42, the original authorization for peacekeeping operations in Kosovo and voted twice to restrict the conflict to air operations by requiring congressional approval before ground forces could be deployed. Furthermore, he rufused consent to air operations, but the attacks were already ongoing at the time. It appears as though he went on record in opposition but refused to halt the operations once they began but also refused supplemental funding that could have expanded operations. He walked a fine line. Voting not to end the conflict and not to expand it.
In the 107th Congress, Paul Ryan approved War Authorization Against Iraq. This joint resolution (House Joint Resolution 114) authorized the president “to use the Armed Forces of the United States as he determines to be necessary and appropriate in order to — (1) defend the national security of the United States against the continuing threat posed by Iraq. and (2) enforce all relevant United Nations Security Council resolutions regarding Iraq.” Furthermore, he approved Supplemental Spending for Iraq & Afghanistan. This was H.R. 3289 to appropriate $87.5 billion in supplemental fiscal 2004 spending for military operations and reconstruction in Iraq and Afghanistan. In the 110th he opposed the Iraq Troop Withdrawal. This bill, HR 2237, was to withdraw U.S. troops and Defense Department contractors from Iraq.
Paul Ryan appears open to an Iran Military Operation. In the 109th Congress, he opposed an amendment to the 2007 Defense Appropriations Bill that sought to bar any funds to initiate military operations in Iran unless it is in accordance with Article I, Section 8 of the Constitution, which delegates to Congress alone the power to declare war. Once again in the 110th Congress, he opposed an amendment to the 2008 Defense Appropriations Bill that would have required President Bush to get specific congressional authorization before engaging in military operations in Iran.
Rep Ryan opposed HCR 248 To Withdraw U.S. Soldiers From Afghanistan. This legislation (House Concurrent Resolution 248) would have directed the President to remove the U.S. Armed Forces from Afghanistan within 30 days of enactment, or by the end of the year if the President determined they cannot be safely removed sooner.
Rep Paul Ryan opposed Libya Troop Withdrawal. House Concurrent Resolution 51 would have directed President Obama, “pursuant to … the War Powers Resolution, to remove the United States Armed Forces from Libya.” He also opposed an amendment to prohibit the use of funds in the Defense Appropriations Bill to carry out military actions against Libya unless Congress declares war against Libya.