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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    UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, ATTENTION ! RON PAUL SAID THAT ISRAELI PEOPLE MUST DEFEND THEMSELVES AGAINST IRAN .WAKE UP JEWISH PEOPLE! RON PAUL FORGOT THAT JEWISH PEOPLE CREATED CAPITALISM IN AMERICA ! WAKE UP WALL STREET, WAKE UP HOLLYWOOD, WAKE TOP ELITE IN THE USA, WE HAVE SERIOUS FRUIT AND HE SPREADS FRUIT FLIES!

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    RON PAUL SHAME ON YOU! DUDE SPEND TIME WITH GRANDCHILDREN, PLAY GOLF, DUDE U HAVE NO ENERGY TO BE US PRESIDENT !

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  8. all the videos from the buildings around (not just one or two) and then we would get a very good explanation and a better image but they wont that’s all it would take to prove me wrong but its “bad for national security” how? did the videos of the twin towers put our security in jeopardy? and it would shut ppl like me up if they are right so whats to lose? any who if u want to talk about the twin towers and building seven especially about the molten steel found at all three sites email

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  9. all the videos from the buildings around (not just one or two) and then we would get a very good explanation and a better image but they wont that’s all it would take to prove me wrong but its “bad for national security” how? did the videos of the twin towers put our security in jeopardy? and it would shut ppl like me up if they are right so whats to lose? any who if u want to talk about the twin towers and building seven especially about the molten steel found at all three sites email

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  10. now the reported explanation of this was that the intense fire from the jet fuel burnt all the debris. the flight 77 had two rolls royce engines made out of steel and titanium both 2 tons each. it is scientifically impossible for 12 tons of titanium and steel to be vaporized by jet fuel. now they say the evidence from bodies were from DNA and finger prints what fire vaporizes steel and titanium but leaves blood and finger prints? they could always release all

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  11. now the reported explanation of this was that the intense fire from the jet fuel burnt all the debris. the flight 77 had two rolls royce engines made out of steel and titanium both 2 tons each. it is scientifically impossible for 12 tons of titanium and steel to be vaporized by jet fuel. now they say the evidence from bodies were from DNA and finger prints what fire vaporizes steel and titanium but leaves blood and finger prints? they could always release all

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    now the reported explanation of this was that the intense fire from the jet fuel burnt all the debris. the flight 77 had two rolls royce engines made out of steel and titanium both 2 tons each. it is scientifically impossible for 12 tons of titanium and steel to be vaporized by jet fuel. now they say the evidence from bodies were from DNA and finger prints what fire vaporizes steel and titanium but leaves blood and finger prints? they could always release all

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  13. i wasn’t there but ill try my best lol 7 of the alleged hijackers are still alive (how? when they were supposed to be on the plane). the plane that “hit” the pentagon went through a 270degree downward spiral. hani hanjour (the one flying) was known as a terrible pilot and this comes from a very good witness his flight instructor who is surprised he was able to take off let alone pull that off. as far as debris there were no seats bodies or anything outside of lime stone and brick

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  14. i wasn’t there but ill try my best lol 7 of the alleged hijackers are still alive (how? when they were supposed to be on the plane). the plane that “hit” the pentagon went through a 270degree downward spiral. hani hanjour (the one flying) was known as a terrible pilot and this comes from a very good witness his flight instructor who is surprised he was able to take off let alone pull that off. as far as debris there were no seats bodies or anything outside of lime stone and brick

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  15. Thank YOU Dr. Ron Paul…there are other “Ron Paul’s” being grown at the local and state levels!

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  16. “I was replying to NoLibertarian’s (a washed up jarhead) accusation that the dumb Tucson kid was a Paulite.”

    I wouldn’t be surprised if he was, he did lie outside the mainstream. That doesn’t mean we’re crazy by extension if that’s hypothetically true though. Let’s face it, the political climate is alienating and frustrating our youth.

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  17. Unfortunately, I’m not sure if Dr. Paul is correct. We have perpetual war because it’s profitable. And that’s a scary thought.

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  18. thankyou. would you please run for president and NOT CHANGE. we need more people like you soon or it will be too late.

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  19. Great speech Mr Paul. A great shame that more of your fellow politicians do not have your insight and integrity. I hope one day you are in a position to restore the good name of your country.

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