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

Transcript

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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112 Comments:

  1. Congressman Ron Paul is our number one ” National Treasure” name one other Congressional leader who would dare stand up to the lies and deceit we are force fed . Can you ?
    The only dis service he seems to have committed , and I do understand why, is leading under the guise as a republican instead of a Independent.
    His name and integrity should never be equated with the Republican party…Republicans do not stand up for many,if any of his ideals!
    Instead they support Corporate takeover!

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  2. Tel me one pressing affair of Congress that demanded that Dr. Paul be cut off. His words are critically important. It is contrary to the people’s interest, to the government’s interest, and the world’s interest to cut off his vital message. Congress members: does this give you just a teensy clue as to why you are regarded as no more than dangerous assholes?

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    Tel me one pressing affair of Congress that demanded that Dr. Paul be cut off. His words are critically important. It is contrary to the people’s interest, to the government’s interest, and the world’s interest to cut off his vital message. Congress members: does this give you just a teensy clue as to why you are regarded as no more than dangerous assholes?

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  4. we dont need secret service for life around guys like gw bush. it needs to be utilized to protect our national treasures, starting with ron paul. congress should be ashamed for the treason they have commited on this country. everytime they get on thier boats, get in thier cars, or go to bed at night in thier fancy homes. they need to be reminded of the injustice they have done to all the poor souls who have died for a lie. its hard to believe they can be so stupid

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  5. we dont need secret service for life around guys like gw bush. it needs to be utilized to protect our national treasures, starting with ron paul. congress should be ashamed for the treason they have commited on this country. everytime they get on thier boats, get in thier cars, or go to bed at night in thier fancy homes. they need to be reminded of the injustice they have done to all the poor souls who have died for a lie. its hard to believe they can be so stupid

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  6. Saddam was originally funded by America in the 80’s..Americans will foot the bill of the endless wars through the hidden tax known as ‘inflation

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  8. Ron paul was right, all along. let’s push other congress men to follow him.

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  9. You are right. I saw that Lawrence O’Donnell shill say ” And coming in second in the straw poll is the unelectable Ron Paul”. That really pissed me off. Yes, the ptb do not want him or his message to be heard. If Ron Paul does run for president this time, which I hope he will, we must push back harder than ever before to have his voice and ours heard.

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  10. Now that is a truthful history lesson. No spin, no b.s.This man needs to be our president.

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  11. ron paul is the only hope for USA and the world

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  12. ron paul is the only hope for USA and the world

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  13. The truth.
    It seems so obvious when you hear it, doesn’t it?
    English for Ron Paul!

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  14. The truth.
    It seems so obvious when you hear it, doesn’t it?
    English for Ron Paul!

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  15. This needs way more than 700 views! People need to listen to Ron.

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  16. Well said this is not a American or British peoples war its are shameful Governments,WAR for Profit, from a unfortunate Brit. RON PAUL 2012 Needed by the people of this World

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  17. That would be nobody so far.

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  18. any one that messes with us period

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  19. any one that messes with us period

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