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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236 Comments:

  1. Go ron go!

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  2. Go ron go!

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  3. Go ron go!

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  4. I am a die hard democrat but, I have to admit that both Ron Paul and Pat Buchanan are the most fundamentally sound when it comes to foreign policy the only reason that Ron Paul would never get elected President is because the Jews would make it their business to sabotage his campaign and everybody knows that they hold great weight in both parties it's like if a candidate is not willing to support those people110% don't even think about running for President

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  5. Thanks Ron, I actually converted to become an Obama guy. not because i like to pay taxes specially since I personally pay hundreds of thousands of taxes a year . but because I'm really tired of the war mongers among republicans like both Bushes, Cheney, Rumsfield, Bolton, the Fox news..etc and their neo conservative allies that will lie to the American peoples , they will cheat and commit to wars and all kinds of crimes against humanity in order to keep fear a live, keep wars going to the benefits of the defence industry and oil companies.

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  6. @g4macdad: Go back to your cave, Obama Zombie. You can live in the dark for the rest of your life and get taxed out the a** for everything you work for (or is it that you support Obama because you don't work?). Take responsibility for your own life, don't leave it to your messiah to pay your way through your pathetic life.

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  7. I don't always agree with what he says, but Ron Paul is one of the most respectable politicians in Washington. Glad to see this kind of Republican is still around.

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  8. balls of steel

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  9. AMERICAN CONSTITUTION 1ST AMENDMENT:
    Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

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  10. Ron Paul is 77 FREAKING Years old. He is NOT even a candidate.

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  11. Another Ron Paul video speaking truth to power and ignorance. Important speech, if only the people would get pissed off enough to do something about it. He is talking about the confirmation that we go to war without legitimate reasons. There is nothing more dangerous than a government which can keep the nation in a perpetual state of war. That is not a free society.

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  12. Ron Paul is a77 year old, LYING teabagger.

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  13. AGE DOESN'T MATTER WHEN THIS MAN WILL LEAD US TO THE TRUTH, RIGHT & GOOD GOVERNANCE, FAIR & JUST LAWS, NO-ILLEGAL TAXATION BY THE STATES. "RON PAUL FOR 2012"...

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  14. so when are the guilty going to be put to trail for crimes against humanity?

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  15. How about this for a political party? AMERICAN!

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  16. Seen few honest politicians, Ron Paul comes out on top. I lost faith in voting years ago. Next presidential election I'm going to take the chance my vote actually means something and vote Ron Paul. If someone in Congress cites Wikileaks they really are informed and seek out the truth, now he has to tell the other politicians? At the dinner table, other respected and good politicians have respect for Ron Paul, as do some fine attorneys. Truth is we were lied to and Cheney will never have a heart.

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  17. I did read the comment you were replying to. If that's not what you meant, then please clarify.

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  18. Ron Paul will be 77 in 2012.
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    You people are BRAINDEAD, POTHEADS. The GOP knows it, and that is why they are advertising to get YOUR vote, here.
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    Anyone with a BRAIN will vote for Obama to keep the gun toting PSYCHOS out of Washington.

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  19. He said nor implied 9/11 was a deliberate operation on behalf of the American government. What he said was the occupation by the U.S. on Saudi soil was a motive for 9/11. This was very publicly and clearly stated by Bin Laden, but nothing here had to do with the U.S. government wanting 9/11. I don't know what you were listening to....

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  20. wow. yet another reason why i voted for him in 2008, and will do so again in 2012. he is a true american hero

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