AUMF Repeal - Andrew Bacevich

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Retired Colonel Andrew Bacevich reviews President Obama's drone program speech and reveals the last time Congress declared war. (3:49)

#KABOOM.

BUT YOU KNOW, FOLKS, THESE DAYS

IT SEEMS LIKE I'M THE ONLY ONE

WHO WANTS TO KEEP AMERICA SAFE.

HERE TO TELL ME HE WANTS TO KEEP

AMERICA SAFE IS RETIRED ARMY

COLONEL AND PROFESSOR OF

INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS AT

BOSTON UNIVERSITY, ANDREW

BACEVICH.

COLONEL, THANKS SO MUCH FOR

BEING ON.

( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE )

ALL RIGHT, ALL RIGHT.

NOW, WHEN THE PRESIDENT TALKED

ABOUT GETTING RID OF THE

A.U.M.F. TODAY IN HIS SPEECH, IT

ALMOST SEEMED LIKE HE WAS SAYING

THERE WILL COME A TIME WHEN THE

WAR ON TERROR WILL END.

>> WE WOULD HOPE SO.

>> Stephen: NO, BUT-- NO!

( LAUGHTER )

THERE WILL ALWAYS ABE TIME WHEN

I COULD BE TERRIFIED AND-- AND

IN SUCH CASE, WE SHOULD BE AT

WAR WITH THAT.

( LAUGHTER )

>> WE MAY DIFFER ON THE

FUNDAMENTAL POINT.

>> Stephen: WE MIGHT.

YOU MIGHT BE WRONG.

>> I THINK WAR IS BAD.

YOU THINK WAR IS...?

>> Stephen: SOMETIMES

NECESSARY, SIR, SOMETIMES

NECESSARY.

>> AGREED AND ONLY WHEN

NECESSARY SHOULD WE CHOOSE TO GO

TO WAR.

AND WHEN WE CHOOSE TO GO TO WAR,

WE REALLY OUGHT TO ADHERE TO THE

PROVISION OF THE CONSTITUTION.

MEANING CONGRESS DECIDES AND

AUTHORIZES THE PRESIDENT TO WAGE

WAR.

>> Stephenn BUT THEY DID.

THEY DID.

THEY AUTHORIZED HIM.

THEY PASSED THIS THING THAT SAID

GO GET HIM!

, IS IC HIM!

>> I THINK THAT'S EXACTLY RIGHT.

WHEN A CRISIS OCCURS THE

CONGRESS SAID-- THE CONGRESS

THROWS THE PRESIDENT THE KEYS TO

THE CAR AND SAYS DRIVE WHEREVER

YOU WANT TO.

SEND US THE BILL.

>> Stephen: RIGHT.

RUN OVER OUR ENEMIES.

>> WELL, PRESIDENT BUSH RAN OVER

THE CLIFF.

PRESIDENT OBAMA HAS DONE

SOMEWHAT BETTER, AND BASED ON

HIS SPEECH TODAY, SEEMS TO HAVE

COME TO A REALIZATION THAT, HE

WANTS TO SAY TO THE CONGRESS,

"HERE, MAYBE SHUTAKE THE KEYS

BACK."

IS THERE WHY WOULD REQUEST

PRESIDENT WANT TO SURRENDER

POWER?

THAT'S LIKE SUPERMAN SAYING I'LL

TAKE A KRYPTONITE ENEMA, PLEASE?

>> IF YOU READ THE TEXT OF THE

NATIONAL DEFENSE UNIVERSITY

SPEECH, THE PRESIDENT IN EFFECT

IS ADMITTING HIS RELIANCE ON

DRONES, THIS PROGRAM OF TARGETED

ASSASSINATION, MAY HAVE SOME

UPSIDES BUT IT HAS SIGNIFICANT

DOWNSIDES.

HE'S NOW ACKNOWLEDGE AGO.

>> Stephen: WHAT DOWNSIDE?

>> THE DOWNSIDE IS IT ALIEN AETS

A SUBSTANTIAL PART OF THE

WORLD'S POPULATION.

OH, NO!

ARE YOU SAYING THE ARABS MAY NOT

LIKE US?

>> THE ARABS, MANY OF THEM,

DON'T LIKE US.

>> Stephen: THAT'S WHY WE

NEED THIS.

WE CAN'T BE THE GOOD GUYS.

GOOD GUY COUNTRIES FINISH LAST.

>> IF WAR IS GOOD, EUROPE RIGHT.

IF WAR IS BAD, I'M RIGHT.

>> Stephen: I'M NOT SAYING

WAR IS GOOD.

I'M SAYING VIGILANCE IS

NECESSARY.

THAT SOUND GOOD.

I LIKE THAT.

WHEN IS THE LAST TIME CONGRESS

DECLARED WAR.

>> WORLD WAR II.

>> Stephen: REALLY?

AGAINST THE JAPANESE AND THE

NAZIS, THAT'S LAST TIME?

>> THAT IS CORRECT.

>> Stephen: WHAT HAVE WE DONE

SINCE THEN?

>> WORKAROUNDLEADING TO THE

COMMANDER IN CHIEF CLAIMING EVER

MORE AUTHORITY TO DO WHATEVER

THE HELL HE WANTS TO DO.

>> Stephen: AND IT SEEMS TO

HAVE WORK OUTSIDE ON THE OKAY.

>> WE MAY DIFFER.

>> Stephen: WE MAY DIFFER ON

THAT ONE.

>> WE MAY DIFFER WITH REGARD TO

THE NECESSITY AND OUTCOME OF THE

IRAQ WAR WHICH I WOULD JUDGE TO

HAVE BEEN TOTAL TOTALLY

UNNECESSARY AND COMPLETELY

DISASTROUS.

>> Stephen: SO YOU'D RATHER

SEE SADDAM BACK IN POWER.

THOSE ARE YOUR WORD.

YOU JUST SAID THAT.

ALL RIGHT?

>> YOU WIN.

( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE ).

>> Stephen: YOU'RE MY

FAVORITE KIND OF GUEST.

THANK YOU SO MUCH.

ANDREW BACEVICH.

WE'LL BE RIGHT BACK.

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