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.

236 Comments:

  1. Colbert is on the other side of the isle? I am not talking about TV entertainers, I am talking about LITERAL people across the isle. NAME ONE!

    NINCOMPOOP!

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  2. Serous? Are you new to politics? I can name 20 ppl just off the top of my head. Maher, Colbert, Stossell…just do your research, I don’t need to prove anything to you.. And why would you say only a nincompoop would switch sides? Don’t you get it? He speaks for liberty! Libery is bipartsan!!!! And what do you mean by “act”??? You clearly have no idea what Dr. Paul is about. Come back after you’ve researched a little more.

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  3. Name ONE person on the other side of the isle that agrees with Ron Paul. He is IN the GOP, and only a nincompoop would by his whole “libertarian” act. Are YOU that nincompoop?

    »crosslinked«

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  4. Have Ron Paul and Bernie Sanders get together.

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  5. We have been sooooooo programed…..
    to believe in bullshit………
    It almost isnt right if some one tells us a little truth….

    We, just, might, get, enlightened……

    2012
    the aztecs new…..
    there was going to be change……

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  6. and the truth will set you free……

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  7. Why do so many say “I don’t agree with everything Ron Paul says” and leave it at that? Is it fear that drives you? “Maybe Ron Paul is too, extreme, just three years ago he was a freak” Its OK to agree with him on all things. He is always right. Take a chance, you will be fine and maybe sleep better at night.

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  8. Ron Paul for president 2012!!

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  9. Charlie Sheen’s rant on Youtube has 20 million hits yet a message as important as this only has 20 thousand. Is there hope for America?

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  10. This is Old School Republican…no bullshit. Too bad the Republicans look nothing like this guy these days….all bought and sold by the highest bidder. Ron Paul is NOT bought and sold. I don;t agree with everything he says, but I DO think he is of the highest order…Makes me proud that he is from my district, in a sea of bullshitters, hypocrites and morons…this guy somehow floats to the top. Gives me hope that somehow the People will prevail.

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  11. Obama and Bush are both twisted liars. Both recieve most of their political campaign money from AIPAC the powerful Zionist lobby which every American needs to google and learn about is actually for the last few decades controlled USA foreign policy NOT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. Iraq and Iran are Israels enemies when it comes to Oil not USA enemies

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  12. JennJenification

    Thanks, Moxy! you rock ; )

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  13. if you have the skills they have go get one of their jobs. It’s a lie that government salaries are “bloated”. they are the same or lower than equivalent jobs with people with the same education or experience than in the private sector.

    Instead of attacking government workers, you should be asking why you’re not getting their deal if you think it’s so much better.

    Working class wage earners need to stop the finger pointing and recognize what’s being done to us by the investor class.

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  14. Saddam “outlined his ongoing border dispute with Kuwait”. “ongoing” for many years. never did anything about it, no reason to think he was about to then. We were diplomatically neutral.

    “We took no position on these Arab affairs” was NOT saying “Oh by the way, if you want to settle your dispute over where the border should be, by invading and taking the whole country and Oil fields, it’s fine by us. ” Yea right, that’s what we meant.

    Paul’s agenda is ALWAYS anti-government. Truth be damned.

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  15. Great speech.

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  16. “Once it becomes acceptable to equate truth with treason, we can no longer call ourselves a free society”
    Holy crap that was deep. That woke me up. Take a good look around, were definitely living under tyranny. Were gonna have to fight for our freedoms all over again!

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  17. this nigga spits the truth

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  18. RON PAUL 4 PRESIDENT. I usually don’t get involved in such things but PAUL is our last chance – The constitution will be suspended A new system will be brought in We can’t allow that to happen- That will bring about a NWO.There will be no money or personal ownership A deception by the Illuminati- watch?v=LuocQZiXiJs

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  19. Fannie and Freddie were profitable, PUBLICLY traded in the PRIVATE SECTOR, BUSINESSES.
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    To blame OUR Democratic Government, for people acting out of GREED instead of using their OWN better judgment, is RETARDED. Business is RISKY.
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    ACORN is about RACIAL discrimination. If Banks and Lenders could prove that decisions were based SOLEY on financial credibility, they were NEVER “forced” to give out Loans. Glenn Beck is a Charlatan.
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    You are either a Fox News, Alex Jones or Ron Paul ZEALOT.

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  20. FINALLLLLYYYYYY SOMEONE TOUCHED ON THE REASON FOR 9/11~ IDIOTS WHO THINK THE TERRORISTS’ WERE JEALOUS OF AMERICAN FREEDOM AND DEMOCRACY ARE THE SAME PEOPLE WHO BELIEVED BUSH ADMINISTRATION ON THE LIES OF WMDS IN IRAQ! AMERICA NEEDS REFORM! THEY NEED RON PAUL!

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