The Guardian reports…
The prime minister’s ability to send special forces on secret missions without a parliamentary vote should be constrained, Jeremy Corbyn has said, reiterating calls for a US-style war powers act.
The Labour leader said David Cameron had circumvented the need for a Commons vote to send regular British forces to war by deploying the SAS instead, and the loophole had been used to approve covert British military involvement or arms supply in Libya, Iraq, Syria and Saudi Arabia.
What Did He Say?
“I’m very concerned about this because David Cameron – I imagine Theresa May would say the same – would say parliamentary convention requires a parliamentary mandate to deploy troops,” Corbyn said in an interview with Middle East Eye. “Except, and they’ve all used the ‘except’, when special forces are involved.”
Corbyn compared missions by the SAS in Libya to when the US sent military advisers to the south Vietnamese government in the 1960s before Congress was invited to vote on whether or not it should be involved in the Vietnam war.
“I think the parallel is a very serious one,” he said. “Clearly, Britain is involved. Either through special forces in Libya or through arms supplies to Saudi Arabia to the war in Yemen. And indeed by the same process to the supply of anti-personnel equipment that is being used in Bahrain by Saudi Arabia. So I think we have to have a war powers act that is much more watertight on this.”
He added that the Labour MP Graham Allen had produced “some very interesting proposals on a war powers act”, which he believes parliament should vote on. “Then it would be up to a future Labour government to bring it in. I would see it as very important. Doctrine must include military involvement, not regular forces because the special forces argument [drives] a coach and horse through the principle.”
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What a fucking idiot this man is though.