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.

  • jm0069

    They went over and changed the petrodollar system back to how it was as a message to all other countries thinking of buying oil on a currency other than the $US

  • GruesomeTruth

    Thanks to Assange & Wikileaks & Ron Paul!

    In a free society, we should Never fear the Truth.


  • bugsz1

    The ONLY long standing Rep who always tells the truth without prejudice. Ron has faught the good fight for MANY years. It is about time the People see the rest for what they are. Keep up the good work Ron.

  • john5246

    who cares, no one cares about this, sure we watch the videos, but we’re not gonna do anything

    no one else is going to do anything either, most of our 300Million people don’t give a damn about any of this, they won’t care until they are starving and cold, which is why the government makes a point of it to hand out welfare and extend unemployment benefits

  • SaveAmericaFightNWO

    Lee Terry is a traitor! Ron Paul should be Speaker of the House!

  • BlackThought415

    if Obama had half the balls Ron Paul has, we could’ve seen some changes. Obama instead caves in and sends more troops to Afghanistan..

  • yayayayayaya36

    RP12 BABY

  • 00RoninSamurai00

    CFR Member Carroll Quigley:

    “The powers of financial capitalism had another far reaching aim, nothing less than to create a world system of financial control in private hands able to dominate the political system of each country and the economy of the world as a whole. This system was to be controlled in a feudalist fashion by the central banks of the world acting in concert, by secret agreements, arrived at in frequent private meetings and conferences.”

  • 00RoninSamurai00

    International bankster and CFR member Paul Warburg (Feb. 17, 1950, to the United States Senate Committee on Foreign Relations):

    “We shall have world government, whether or not we like it. The question is only whether world government will be achieved by consent or by conquest.”

  • silvercoin1111

    This is a mustwatch!

  • 00RoninSamurai00

    David Rockefeller, “Memoirs, p. 405:

    “Some even believe we are part of a secret cabal working against the best interests of the United States, characterizing my family and me as ‘internationalists’ and of conspiring with others around the world to build a more integrated global political and economic structure – one world, if you will. If that’s the charge, I stand guilty, and I am proud of it.”

  • 00RoninSamurai00

    Anyone can go to opensecrets(dot)org and see the top contributors to both the Bush and Obama Presidential Campaigns were the big banks behind the Fed and the UN. Investigate the history of “continental unions”, and you will see the bankster-owned UN is behind them ALL. They are pushing us headlong toward a global plutarchy, and Ron knows it.

  • jonjon1189

    No matter what happens in 2012… this is my president.

  • MochizMuM

    Go ronnie!

  • yourtube20061

    omg, this is surprising on one level, but expected on another.

  • jneil2007

    Truth is treason in an empire of lies!!!

  • j3ox

    Ron, keep in mind your preference is that the US should have no position on any squabble between any pair of nations, not just Iraq and Kuwait. “No position” does not mean “go ahead”, or “green light”, it means no position. The problem is not that we gave anything like a green light; the problem is that we invaded Iraq for a squabble that was none of our business.

  • AnarchalPatriarch

    Pretty sure “Hitler personfied,” is Hitler.

  • DickOPlenty

    he’ll never be president. he’s the only one who tells the truth

  • pjt03

    Straight & honest & free. That’s the America I signed up for

    Curb the war machine, before they ruin us