Ron Paul Warns Congress on Iran: A Vote For Sanctions is a Vote For War

Statement of Congressman Ron Paul
United States House of Representatives

Statement on Motion to Instruct Conferees on HR 2194, Comprehensive Iran Sanctions, Accountability and Divestment Act

April 22, 2010

Mr. Speaker, I rise in opposition to this motion to instruct House conferees on HR 2194, the Comprehensive Iran Sanctions, Accountability and Divestment Act, and I rise in strong opposition again to the underlying bill and to its Senate version as well. I object to this entire push for war on Iran, however it is disguised. Listening to the debate on the Floor on this motion and the underlying bill it feels as if we are back in 2002 all over again: the same falsehoods and distortions used to push the United States into a disastrous and unnecessary one trillion dollar war on Iraq are being trotted out again to lead us to what will likely be an even more disastrous and costly war on Iran. The parallels are astonishing.

We hear war advocates today on the Floor scare-mongering about reports that in one year Iran will have missiles that can hit the United States. Where have we heard this bombast before? Anyone remember the claims that Iraqi drones were going to fly over the United States and attack us? These “drones” ended up being pure propaganda – the UN chief weapons inspector concluded in 2004 that there was no evidence that Saddam Hussein had ever developed unpiloted drones for use on enemy targets. Of course by then the propagandists had gotten their war so the truth did not matter much.

We hear war advocates on the floor today arguing that we cannot afford to sit around and wait for Iran to detonate a nuclear weapon. Where have we heard this before? Anyone remember then-Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice’s oft-repeated quip about Iraq: that we cannot wait for the smoking gun to appear as a mushroom cloud.

We need to see all this for what it is: Propaganda to speed us to war against Iran for the benefit of special interests.

Let us remember a few important things. Iran, a signatory of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, has never been found in violation of that treaty. Iran is not capable of enriching uranium to the necessary level to manufacture nuclear weapons. According to the entire US Intelligence Community, Iran is not currently working on a nuclear weapons program. These are facts, and to point them out does not make one a supporter or fan of the Iranian regime. Those pushing war on Iran will ignore or distort these facts to serve their agenda, though, so it is important and necessary to point them out.

Some of my well-intentioned colleagues may be tempted to vote for sanctions on Iran because they view this as a way to avoid war on Iran. I will ask them whether the sanctions on Iraq satisfied those pushing for war at that time. Or whether the application of ever-stronger sanctions in fact helped war advocates make their case for war on Iraq: as each round of new sanctions failed to “work” – to change the regime – war became the only remaining regime-change option.

This legislation, whether the House or Senate version, will lead us to war on Iran. The sanctions in this bill, and the blockade of Iran necessary to fully enforce them, are in themselves acts of war according to international law. A vote for sanctions on Iran is a vote for war against Iran. I urge my colleagues in the strongest terms to turn back from this unnecessary and counterproductive march to war.

  • Ahmad

    this man is great for US and world, yes I am Iranian and I tell you we do not have technology for making an internal combustion engine for cars and even import very basic technology, this man save the US and I believe world from bankers and their Allies.
    I am Persian and respect Ron Paul not because of anti war against Iran but because he know true enemies of US.
    God bless Ron Paul

  • Ahmad

    this man is great for US and world, yes I am Iranian and I tell you we do not have technology for making an internal combustion engine for cars and even import very basic technology, this man save the US and I believe world from bankers and their Allies.
    I am Persian and respect Ron Paul not because of anti war against war but because he know true enemies of US.
    God bless Ron Paul

  • Jordan Nemer

    the reason why israel didnt sign that treaty is because there nukes are there only national defense and as a american jew who loves israel and ron paul its going to be a bloodbath if war happens with the persians and the israelites. Seriously israel doesnt need the us foreign aid because they have a very strong economy thats turning more capitalistic every year and they develop top grade weapons systems alot of them the uav’s were designed in israel anti rpg/missle systems were developed the top grade assult rifle the tavor tar 21 also unmanned surfuce veichles on the sea and many more crazy weapons systems israel has to make and good technologies so war with iran would be the biggest mistake for both iran and israel. And why is the usa involved alot of people ask that and i have an answer that i think is right ever since the foreign aid started in the 1960’s the us millitary industrial complex is very wealthy and alot of special interest people suck in most of the politicians support.

    • fred the protectionist

      Or maybe in the future historians will refer to the Israeli nuclear system as the “Siegfried Nuclear System”.

  • These guys are just a bunch of Neo-Cons blindingly support Israel without questioning their motives and not researching. Ron Paul is not anti-semetic he’s doing what’s right for us on this issue.


  • Jack

    Iran is no threat to the USA. Israel has over 150 nukes and Iran has yet to develop one? Why not put weapons inspectors in both Israel and Iran to see who is breaching the nuclear non-proliferation treaty?

    It is hypocracy of the grandest order.The truth is that Israel has cornered itself in a mire of deceipt and subterfuge. They are losing allies because of their monumental betrayal of the USA people and their own people.

    The chickens have come home to roost.War will not save them, so they’d better sit down at the table of peace and contrition.

    • I think Israel is exploiting our generousity and they are just playing us like they’re the victims when they infact are hiding nukes themselves. & all of these other members of congress who voted to continue these wars and sanctioned Iran should be on the unemployment line just like we are here around our beloved country.

    • Joan

      I agree with you about several things. Remember when Russia was supposedly so powerful and such a big threat, only to find out communism didn’t work out so well for them? Many of the rogue countries that talk about getting nuclear weapons are poor countries with internal conflict, on the verge of collapse economically and politically, and often times a wacko leader will prop himself up to look like a big threat to the U.S. and other countries when the country is falling apart.

      Also, I notice there’s a divide amongst American Jewish people on the issue of Israel. The liberal Hollywood type of Jewish people are against the U.S. defending Israel, but conservative Jewish people, like Charles Krauthammer and Ben Stein are all for making sure Obama doesn’t get re-elected because they want the U.S. to help Israel. It’s interesting.

      • Exactly! That’s one thing that the Liberal Hollywood types of Jewish descent got right no supporting that country. Because of the power and attention grab that Israel is holding on us. Also as a black man myself, I don’t understand why most of the black communities think the only party that they think represents them is the Democratic party. Stein and Krathammer are using a pointless argument to defeat Obama.

        • Joan

          Yes, I was surprised when I read a chatboard where people were discussing some mistakes Glenn Beck made in things he said regarding Israel, and they were also talking about Charles Krauthamer. A lot of the people in that website’s chatboard were middle eastern, they knew a lot more facts about the issue than I do. And, some of them posted that there are Jewish people in this country who love this country and who do not want the U.S. to be involved in the conflict in Israel. Everyone was trying to figure out why Krauthammer seems so honest and is so right on about many issues, but he has a blind side with regards to Israel. I found out a few days later that he is Jewish, I found out he has a website where he caters to the Tea Party people, but he’s kind of using them to get them mad at Obama because of his interest with Israel.

          Also, Ben Stein wrote a book about four years ago called “Can America Survive?” I just happened to take it out at the library. I’ll grab 3-4 books at a time that look interesting, you know, it’s free, so it’s fun. Well, Stein’s book is all the stories about communist and socialist dictators, same exact information Glenn Beck had in his documentary recently, and, they are good friends. So, again, here was someone trying to hijack the Tea Party people by getting them mad at Obama to ensure he doesn’t get reelected, and it’s over Stein wanting the U.S. to help Israel. Stein called Ron Paul an anti-semite a few weeks ago. I didn’t know some of these talking heads on the news channels have hidden agendas. It’s interesting.

        • fred the protectionist

          The sub-educated typically mistake oration skills for intelligence.