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

Date: 01/26/2011

Transcript

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.

  • TheJoelef

    Of course it is. WE must make the middle east so its safe for israel.i mean we must at all cost defend a country taht was set up in a region that must of it neighbors despise and waist our money on it.

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  • Inodie1

    Thank you Mr. Paul for this information. I had no idea about the lead-up to the Iraq-Kuwait conflict. Very dissappointed to hear what happened, but not surprised either. Ever since Alex woke me up, I expect this crap all the time now.

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  • terrac1de

    WOW!!!!!!!!!!!! :-O Ron Paul is FEARLESS!

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  • Axisround

    If you simply review the facts, you will see that Kuwait was conducting slant drilling into Iraq. If I were ANY country, and someone was ‘drinking my milkshake’, I would absolutely invade them as well.

    Kuwait was a country that was known about RARELY from any American before the war began.

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  • DJRedfield

    Go Ron Go Ron Go Ron!!!!

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  • aussiedon8

    If only winning the intellectual arguement meant anything in our state controlled society.

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  • obSCENEoneTW0

    it must suck to be the guy that has to give a speech right after ron paul shits on everyone like that… hahah RON PAUL 2012!!!!

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  • racehorse593

    Like a boss.

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  • Stepper11

    GO! GO, Ronny! GO ! Ronny be good !!!!

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  • TommyTurntables1

    Ron Paul – DOING HIS CIVIL DUTY!

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  • zilvinho84

    LOL one person dislikes this??? WTF??? must be george w bush LOL

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  • lushfauna

    We gave them the WMD’s that he did have- and even knew they where expired and inert

    RON PAUL 2012 BABY!

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  • lolSergio

    Ron Paul for President.

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  • LadyBuggin777

    Wonderful as always :)

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  • senses2000

    Bush gave Saddam the “green light” to invade and take a piece of land in order to have access to the sea.

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  • UnityBeing313

    Viva Dr Ron Paul!

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  • Wricke256

    Mr. Speecher

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  • RedSaint83

    I just did a slow clap in front of my computer. I just couldn’t help myself.

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  • Leavon

    Nice job Ron, I was unaware of this memo or what its implications were. Further it seems that the Kuwaiti’s were in fact instigating the conflict by slant drilling and taking oil from the Iragi Oil fields which is simply thieft and ample reason for the Iraqi’s actions given what this memo brought to light.

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  • religayt

    the lies we we told go bad farther & deeper than we realize

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