Yesterday, nine years after the U.S. Senate made the historic blunder of authorizing the invasion of Iraq, there came an opportunity to correct that problem. Yesterday, an amendment to the 2012 Defense authorization bill offered by Republican Senator Rand Paul came up for a vote. Senator Paul’s amendment would have ended the authorization to go to war in Iraq. Without such a revocation of war authority, a future President could begin a new war in Iraq without the consent of Congress.
The amendment was defeated by a coalition of Republicans and Democrats. Most of the senators who voted to keep the authorization of war alive were Republicans, but 24 Democratic senators joined the majority of Republicans.
Most of the senators who voted to end the authorization of war in Iraq were Democrats, but in addition to Rand Paul voted for the Paul Amendment. They were: