Ron Paul: Perpetual War – No Thanks!

On the twentieth anniversary of Operation Desert Storm, Congressman Paul took to the floor of the House of Representatives to deliver a speech, entitled: Perpetual War is Expensive. The Congressman points out how America’s wars, with imprecise goals and enemies, tend to drag on at immense cost to the US taxpayer. Dr. Paul explains how the Pentagon essentially founded and enabled the Afghan Mujaheddin during the Cold War. That Afghan resistance evolved into the Islamist terror threat that menaces policy makers today! Should we keep fighting and occupying Muslim nations in total disregard of our impending bankruptcy?

Date: 01/20/2011


Ron Paul: We’ve been militarily involved in the Persian Gulf region now for 20 years. Experts have predicted that the cost of this continuous and expanding war will reach 6 trillion dollars. The hostilities and our overt involvement in Iraq can be dated back to January 16th, 1991 when the defensive operation, Desert Shield, became the offensive operation, Desert Storm. Though the end of the Persian Gulf War was declared on April 6th, 1991 with a U.S. military victory, the 20 year war was just beginning. The U.S. and Britain have had an intense interest in controlling the oil of the Middle East dating back to the overthrow of the Ottoman Empire during World War I. This interest expanded during World War II with FDR’s promise to protect the puppet governments in the Persian Gulf region, especially Saudi Arabia. Though this arrangement never sat well with the citizens in the region, a fairly decent relationship remained between the Arab people and the American public. But animosity continued to build with our ever-present military involvement in Iraq. Our military assistance to the Mujahedeen in the 1980s, now the Taliban, helped the Muslim defenders, one of whom was Osama Bin Laden, oust the Soviets from Afghanistan. At that time, we were still not seen as occupiers, and the radical Muslims, encouraged by the U.S., were expected to direct all their efforts toward the communist threat. That all changed with the breakup of the Soviet system and the end of the Cold War when, as the lone superpower left standing, we named ourselves the world policeman. It was then that the resentment by Arabs and Muslims became directed toward the United States, now seen as an invader and an occupier.

Continuous bombing and crippling sanctions against Iraq during the 1990s, the appearance that the U.S. did not care about the plight of the Palestinians, and our military bases in Saudi Arabia, led to attention getting attacks against the United States. The 1998 embassy attacks in Kenya and Tanzania and the attack of the U.S. Cole in the year 2000 were warnings that war was far from over. The horrible tragedy of 9/11 shouldn’t have been a surprise, and many believe it was preventable. Currently, the war has morphed into a huge battle for control of the Persian Gulf region and Central Asia. This involves Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Yemen, Somalia and Iran. Foolish policies lead to foolhardy conflicts. Foolhardy conflicts lead to unsustainable costs and a multitude of unintended consequences. To name a few, we have spent trillions of dollars based on the false pretense of defending freedom and our Constitution. The notion has been furthered solidified that war no longer needs to be declared by Congress, and can be pursued as a prerogative of the president. We are now seen by the world not as a peace maker, but rather a trouble maker and aggressor.

Thousands of American service members have been killed and tens of thousands wounded with a sharp increase in service-connected suicides. Over 500,000 veterans are seeking medical treatment and disability benefits. Millions of citizens have been killed, wounded, and displaced in the countries on the receiving end of our bombs, drones, sanctions and occupation. The region has suffered huge environmental damage as a consequence of our military occupation. Christians from Iraq have suffered the worst rout in the history of Christendom. Iran and Iraq are now better allies than ever with strong anti-American sentiment. Iraqi political stability is a joke. Ending hostilities in Afghanistan is a dream. China and Iran have been drawn into a closer alliance against the United States. America’s uncontrolled deficits are senselessly fuelled by needless militarism. We are now much poorer and less safe.

There was no Al-Qaida in Iraq before we invaded in 2003. Today, there is. No weapons of mass destruction were ever found in Iraq. War always leads to government growth and the sacrifice of civil liberties. In the past 10 years, this has been particularly costly to us, with the acceptance of military tribunals, torture, assassination, abuse of Habeas Corpus and PATRIOT-Act-type legislation. Senseless war and senseless destruction and death should not be rationalized as providing a great service in protecting our freedoms, our Constitution, or maintaining peace. The only value that can come of this is to recognize that our policies are flawed and they need to be changed. Without this history will record that the sacrifices were all in vain.

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  • puttefnask


    It will be the single best decision of your life.


  • gunsnroses2020

    Wish I was an American so I could VOTE FOR THIS MAN!

    • Citizen

      You don’t need to be an American to vote here!

      Heck in Chicago even the Dead vote 2 or 3 times.

      And forget about being a Natural Born Citizen to become President, why you can be from Manchuria or even Kenya and become Supreme Leader here!

      Go ahead and mail in your vote… they’ll throw them out like they do all of our Military fighting for our freedoms abroad.

      No don’t even hesitate… Vote Early and Often, that’s the Progressive Way!

  • TommyTurntables1

    Soldiers die everyday in the Middle East and they lie an tell the its for Freedom T_T

  • merlinspower

    Again, Ron Paul Speaks the TRUTH

  • waterchildtera

    WE have nuked a country
    we have committed false flag operations
    we will do it again and again till we the people have had enough !
    we are not in control of this world government that is conspiring as we speak !

  • TheFight4liberty

    Well said I totally feel all that you said! Thanks Ron Paul & God Bless!

  • arka67

    he is so right !!

  • BagOfEyebrows

    Great speech, Congressman Paul.

  • mispistoleros

    where’s kucinich’s follow-up?

  • mispistoleros

    this should be mandatory viewing for all US citizens.

  • droidclone

    Seems like you only had 5 minutes to say something that needed to be said. Sucks that they interupted you at the end. Great job again. Thank you for showing what 112th congress what it is all about.

  • vic4rp

    Ron Paul loves this country, liberty ,justice and freedom. He is our only hope.
    We have let the elite destroy our very way of life.
    They put fluoride in our water and toothpaste.
    They have made nearly all of our foods with GMO killer seeds.
    The killer flu vaccines.
    The meat,dairy and poultry products full of hormones and antibiotics.
    The bankers and wall street have seen to it that we have no peace of mind.
    The people’s jobs are cut, savings,pensions,401k gone.
    peace no more.

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    Search For the series
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  • braveheartwarrior

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  • brown55061

    4:20 It’s not needless militarism Ron, the military industrial complex NEEDS our money to stay rich. War is a deep philisophical fail when it’s undeclared war because it defies the law we are supposed to morally uphold. We are hypocrites for letting it come to this. These wars will not end, sorry to burst bubbles. “THEY” want the wars and they will have them. They don’t our approval anymore.

  • wheelori814

    I like Ron Paul, but unless he is playing stupid, he is a sleeper. We dont need a sleeper in that position.