Ron Paul Explains How Iraq Was Made into an Enemy in Order to “Redesign the Middle East”

Date: 01/26/2011


Ron Paul: Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Mr. Speaker, how did the 20-year war get started? It had been long assumed that the United States government, shortly before Iraq invaded Kuwait in August of 1990, gave Saddam Hussein a green light to attack. A State Department cable recently published by Wikileaks confirmed that US Ambassador April Glaspie did indeed have a conversation with Saddam Hussein one week prior to Iraq’s August 1st, 1990 invasion of Kuwait. Amazingly, the released cable was entitled, “Saddam’s Message of Friendship to President Bush.” In it, Ambassador Glaspie affirmed to Saddam that the President—this is in quotes—“the President had instructed her to broaden and deepen our relations with Iraq”—close quote. As Saddam Hussein outlined Iraq’s ongoing border dispute with Kuwait, Ambassador Glaspie was quite clear that—quote—“We took no position on these Arab affairs”—close quote. There would have been no reason for Saddam Hussein not to take this assurance at face value. The US was quite supportive of his invasion and war of aggression against Iran in the 1980s. With this approval from the U.S. Government, it wasn’t surprising that the invasion occurred. The shock and surprise was how quickly the tables were turned, and our ‘friend,’ Saddam Hussein, all of a sudden became Hitler personified.

The document was classified, supposedly to protect national security, yet this information in no way jeopardized our security. Instead, it served to keep the truth from the American people about an event leading up to our initial military involvement in Iraq, and the region, that continues to today. The secrecy of the memo was designed to hide the truth from the American people and keep our government from being embarrassed.

This was the initial event that had led to so much death and destruction, not to mention the financial cost these past 20 years. Our response and persistent militarism toward Iraq was directly related to 9/11, as our presence on the Arabian peninsula—and in particular, Saudi Arabia—was listed by al-Qaeda as a major grievance that outraged the radicals who carried out the heinous attacks New York and Washington on that fateful day.

Today the conflict has spread through the Middle East and Central Asia with no end in sight. The reason this information is so important is that, if Congress and the American people had known about this “green-light incident” 20 years ago, they would have been a lot more reluctant to give a green light to our government to pursue the current war, a war that is ongoing and expanding to this very day.

The tough question that remains is, was this done deliberately, to create the justification, to redesign the Middle East, as many neo-conservatives desired, and to secure oil supplies for the West? Or was it just a diplomatic blunder followed up by many more strategic military blunders? Regardless, we have blundered into a war that no one seems willing to end.

Julian Assange, the publisher of the Wikileaks memo, is now considered an Enemy of the State. Politicians are calling for drastic punishment and even assassination. And sadly, the majority of the American people seem to support such moves. But why should we so fear the truth? Why should our government’s lies and mistakes be hidden from the American people in the name of patriotism? Once it becomes acceptable to equate “truth” with “treason,” we can no longer call ourselves a free society.

And I yield back the balance of my time.

  • MrCobaltBlue

    Wasn’t Hitler “Hitler personified”?

  • captkirkconnell

    “Truth is Treason” Ron works to make life better in the future. Most of the other Gov people work to make future generations slaves. They have been doing this for a generATION- WE Are now in that future.

  • waterchildtera

    they lie we die !
    911 is a false flag operation !
    we still are dying from there lies !
    we still pay for treachery

  • Darkestsith911

    Ron, i wish we had politicians like you in Canada.

  • kwb70652

    I don’t always agree with Ron Paul, but I commend him for putting forth this information. Shouldn’t the Congress have known about this all along though? Was it so classified that they didn’t know about it? I have a friend that’s been telling me about this situation for years.


  • TCMoor

    If there was a ” Green light” … why Sadam Hussein didn’t say anything about it in the media to support his invation? Ron Paul is an idiot just like so many conspiracies delusion followers in America. You guys are so bored of yourselves, why won’t you go and watch Jersey Shore for a change? Pathetic people .

  • hstone39

    The redesign of the middle east is to create the Greater Israel.

  • mozaks80

    Unfortunately the central reserve bank and the neo-cons make far too much money out of war to let the general populous in on their affairs…

  • ogrish84

    Ron Paul should be in power.

  • nzoelle

    All right, Ron Paul is one of our country’s greatest and most principled politicians but what he is inferring is that Iraq invaded Kuwait because of a miscommunication. . . right . . .

  • sethzky77

    I’m taking a dump right now, drinking a beer, and watching this video. Isn’t technology great?

  • muhammadyousuf1

    ron paul is honestly the only republican i like. if a republican had to be voted to office, i would want it to be him

  • roaringwaterbay

    wow . . . somebody in our miserable money grubbing but licking fork tongued criminalistic band of sneak thieves who supposedly rule us with some guts. amazing. Ron Paul won’t be making any friends here. But, then who needs carpet baggers for friends. He is making friends of voters in America who are completely tired of these creeping communists masquerading as lovers of the principles our founders supported. Rock on.

  • uche007us

    To anyone doubting the validity of Ron’s statement, please watch this. Its only 4 mins long

  • fonkymaster

    The cable he speaks of has actually been public knowledge for a long time, it goes like this (ambassador to Saddam)

    “we have no opinion on the Arab-Arab conflicts.”

  • Dedhedted71

    Once again putting the truth on record. God bless you Ron Paul.

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  • dreamwhileyousleep

    I give the green light for RP in 2012!

  • tarjay35

    Why haven’t I heard of THIS Republican?

  • JBBlitz

    i bet Ron Paul and his anti goverment groups did 9/11.