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.



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236 Comments:

  1. IndianaPolitico

    Ron Paul needs our help, support him during his “Ready, Ames, Fire!” Money Bomb on July 19th, and let’s “Restore America Now!”

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  2. Thanks Triston…but things are now always what they seem and there
    are many power groups that manipulate events and operate thru and with hidden agendas…

    No Win War???

    The New American for November 9, 2009, has an interesting article on General Barry McCaffrey’s statement that the US “faces 10 more years of war in Afghanistan” and that the US should “focus upon a long and expensive nation-building process for Afghanistan’s tribal culture.” There seems to be a mindset in the establishment for the US to maintain a long term presence in the MidEast.

    For a long time, the US has operated in the region through hidden agendas. In his book, The New World Order, Mr. Pat Robertson, states that George Bush 1 suggested that the fate of Kuwait was not the main issue, “launching the New World Order was the main thing.” Mr. Robertson further writes, “By words and by silence, the United States flashed Saddam Hussein a green light” … to move into Kuwait and suggests this was used as a pretext for the 1st Gulf War…the implication is that Saddam was entraped with Green Light Diplomacy but there was a much larger agenda(hidden) for moving against Hussein………..

    For the situation in Afghanistan and Pakistan, the evidence suggests that the US and its allies are not doing all that can be done to win this war and there is some agenda for prolonging this conflict.

    The Advocate quotes Hillary Clinton(Dec. 7, 2009, p. 5A), stating it is “hard to believe” that no one in Islamabad knows where the al-Qaida leaders are hiding and couldn’t get them “if they really wanted to.”

    In the aftermath of 9.11, the bombing of the wrong escape route out of Afghanistan into Pakistan and the nighttime airlift by the US of the Taliban and Al Qaeda operatives that were allowed to escape(The New Yorker, Jan 28, 2002, p. 36); Gary Berntsen, the head of the CIAs team at Tora Bora said they tracked bin Laden and (he) “…could have been caught.”(Newsweek, Aug 15, 2005, p. 5); There is evidence that the Pakistani ISI is funding the Taliban and knows where they live but dont arrest them.(Time, Nov. 29, 2004, p. 44)

    There is a strategy by the Pakistani government “…which pays tribes and insurgent networks to attack each other with a goal of preventing any one group from getting too strong”.(US News, Oct 13/Oct 20, 2008, p. 24)(a strategy used by the Brits) Pakistani Ambassador, Haqqani presents evidence in his book that the Pakistani military and ISI make “…the pretense of arresting militants in order to get funds from Washinton. But it never shut down the networks.”(Newsweek, May 11/May 18, 2009, p. 29)

    The CIA never takes a junior partner role with any of these groups and we have to assume wants this to continue. The New York Times(Oct. 27, 2009) reports that Karzai’s brother is on the CIAs payroll and is a suspected player in the opium trade which finances the Taliban.

    All of this only contributes to a more chaotic situation which feeds a hidden agenda for a “no win war” and prolonged conflict at the expense of American boys and girls lives!!

    woody voinche

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  3. I would just like to say to Woody Voinche that Eurasia is our ally. We are and have always been at war with Eastasia!

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  4. Because the neo-cons run the mainstream media….if this shows up on their networks, it is detrimental to their cause to take over the world. If Americans see what’s REALLY going on, then the US….the worlds LAST refuge for freedom….will remain free, and the Neo-cons will lose and be exposed. Therefore, they tailor their own news on Fox, CNN and MSNBC, to be in their favor.

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  5. This is in-sane

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  6. US FUNDS THE TALIBAN????

    One of the most important issues today is the war in Afghanistan-Pakistan and the fact that US
    Military Aid to Pakistan is being used to fund the Pakistani ISI which is in turn funding Taliban
    and Al Quada fighters. While this has been reported sporadically in the media for whatever
    reason political pundits on the left and right have effectively ignored this issue.

    Joe Klein in an article for Time, August 9, 2010, p. 19, has written an article that every American
    citizen should go to their library and read, he writes,

    “The commanders are unanimous in their belief that the ISI is running the show….And so,
    despite professions of alliance with the US by Pakistan’s then dictator Pervez Musharraf, a
    decision was made to keep the Taliban alive. A spigot of untargeted military aid from the George
    W. Bush Administration helped fund the effort. A commander of the vicious Haqqani Taliban
    network tells Waldman that their funding comes from ‘the Americans–from them to the
    Pakistani military, and then to us.’ Waldman reports that the commander receives from the
    Pakistanis ‘a reward for killing foreign soldiers, usually $4000 to $5000 for each soldier killed'”.

    American tax dollars if not directly, then indirectly are being used to fund the Taliban and put
    a bounty on American boys and girls head… Makes one wonder why the establishment right
    or left is not reporting on this? If the right is covering for
    the mistakes of the Bush administration…why is the establishment left not reporting on this???
    …this is the most important issue of the day…we will never win a war where if not directly then
    indirectly the US is funding the opposition!!!!

    woody voinche

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  7. Congressman Ron Paul…..

    I have sent you a copy of my book …MidEast ChessBoard…and have
    a Chapter on April Glaspie’s “green light” to Hussein to move into
    Kuwait…Below is a summary of the events covered in my book…your
    constructive criticism ….please…if i have quoted anything out of context
    please inform me….

    woody voinche

    MIDEAST CHESSBOARD

    by Woody Voinche

    This book is an overview of the major events that have
    contributed to the history of three major countries in the
    mideast: Iran, Iraq, and Afghanistan. From the coup d’etat
    that brought about the downfall of Mossadeq and the rise
    to power of the Shah of Iran; to the arming of the Shah and
    his final downfall(with Iranian Air Force General Rabii telling his
    Judges “General Huyser threw the Shah out of the country
    like a dead mouse.”); the hostage crisis in Iran and the use
    of this event by both Republican and Democratic groups in
    what became known as the October Surprise; the rise and
    arming of Saddam Hussein and the part played by western
    interests; the US support of the mujahadeen in Afghanistan
    and the role played by Bin Laden and other Islamists culminating
    in the breakup of the Soviet Union; the Islamist group on
    the periphery of the Alkifah Refugee center in New York and
    the 1993 World Trade Center bombing; the events leading up
    to 911 and the evidence suggesting the Intelligence agencies
    had advanced knowledge of this event; And the evidence that
    US forces have had the opportunity to eliinate top al Qaeda
    and Taliban forces in Afghanistan and Iraq but for whatever
    reason have failed to do this…

    http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=woody+voinche&x=14&y=18

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  8. The motion to recommit with instructions is a tactic used to get politicians on record for a particular vote. There’s basically two parts to the vote…one, to send the bill back to the committee and two, to debate on the amendment. So what Daily Kos says is not 100% true and not 100% false. It’s like when Ron Paul voted against the entire financial reform bill. It’s hard to say that since he voted against financial reform that he voted against auditing the fed.

    Ron Paul already voted No on the entire resolution to cut $4 billion and extend the government for another two weeks. Here’s the roll call vote:

    http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2011/roll154.xml

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  9. Exxon Mobil had a reported 2011 first quarter NET CLEAR TAX FREE PROFIT of $10.7 BILLION! All the while they received subsidy welfare checks and raised at-the-pump prices to a whopping $4.50 a Gallon.

    Ron Paul voted AGAINST ending their government subsidies.

    There is a SUCKER born every minute!

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  10. Those are SUCKERS who are not in Washington therefore DON’T count as “the other side of the aisle”.

    Now are you EVER going to end your embarrassment?

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  11. Your right, I gave many more than that…like the thousands of democrats signed up for the “Democrats for Ron Paul” facebook page. You really should stop now….while your still clinging to that ultra-thin slice of credibility you have left.

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  12. NONE of your examples are from people on the other side of the AISLE! What a MORON!

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  13. Those aren’t the names you gave. You are an assclown and you can NEVER recover from that pathetic embarrassing display.

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  14. There’s difference between a typo and ignorance. Thank you for demonstrating the difference. Stossell is not an entertainer, neither is Celente or Schiff. You should research before you open your pie hole…it only makes you look like a clown. Or troll.

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  15. It’s YOURSELF! Not YORUSELF. ALL of the names you gave are TV entertainers.

    WOW you are clueless(hence the support of Ron Paul)

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  16. I didn’t dance around antything, check again. Three responses, 1 answer.

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  17. Okay you’ve tried dancing around the question, now how about an answer.

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  18. isle = aisle. The metaphor is not a tropical piece of land surrounded by water…..its an AISLE.

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  19. Notice how you selected the one name you recognized? What about the other 2? They are not TV entertainers. There is a FB page called “Democrats for Ron Paul”. If you want names, go there and check it out for yoruself. There are people all over the world who support Ron Paul too….they blog, twitter, etc…on a daily basis about how they wish they were Americans just long enough to vote for him. You got anything else? I will accept your apology now, thanks.

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