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




Date: 01/26/2011

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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.



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  3. I wish he was this lucid in the recent debates. During the debates it seems he has so many thoughts at once that he is tripping over his words.

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  4. I wish he was this lucid in the recent debates. During the debates it seems he has so many thoughts at once that he is tripping over his words.

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  6. More and more people are waking up. Ron Paul will get us out of these wars we keep spending trillions of dollars on. Even our troops have donated more money to him then any other candidate. If he is what out troops want then I want this man as President. Ron Paul 2012

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  7. i thought rebubs were against the wikileaks "terrorists"... guess that doesnt count when their info is benefitial to their arguments...

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    • Most Republicans are against the wikileaks "terrorist" just as Obama, Hillary and many Democrats are.

      Ron Paul is not "most rebubs". He is the only REAL Republican left. He has always been against the wars. Please study before you post.

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  8. "The War [WW3] must be conducted in such a way that Islam [Arab World] & political Zionism [Israel] mutually destroy each other. Meanwhile the other nations, once more divided on this issue will be constrained to fight to the point of complete physical, moral, spiritual and economical exhaustion" - Albert Pike; 33° Grand Master Mason, in 1871.

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  15. noprofitmaximierung

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  17. Ron Paul for president. Its a good start. Could not have said it better. The only way to get our country back is to break up the world bank and the rest of their NEW WORLD ORDER corruption.

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  19. There are far too many idiots in this country. This man who is the only honest politician I know of hasn't got a snowballs chance in hell of being elected. Shame on the American populas!!!!!!!

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  20. somethingdiffereable

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