Ron Paul: Libya Is Not the American People’s Fight




Date: 03/14/2011

Libya Is Not the American People’s Fight

by Ron Paul

Last week we once again heard numerous voices calling for intervention in Libya. Most say the US should establish a “no-fly” zone over Libya, pretending that it is a benign, virtually cost-free action, and the least we could do to assist those trying to oust the Gaddaffi regime. Let us be clear about one thing: for the US to establish a “no fly” zone over all or part of Libya would constitute an act of war against Libya. Establishing any kind of military presence in the sovereign territory of Libya will require committing troops to engage in combat against the Libyan air force, as well as anti-aircraft systems. The administration has stated that nothing is off the table as they discuss US responses to the unrest. This sort of talk is alarming on so many levels. Does this mean a nuclear strike is on the table? Apparently so.

In this case, I would like to make sure we actually follow the black letter of the law provided in the Constitution that explicitly grants Congress the sole authority to declare war. This week I will introduce a concurrent resolution in the House to remind my colleagues and the administration that Congress alone, not the president, decides when to go to war. It is alarming how casually the administration talks about initiating acts of war, as though Article 1 Section 8 of the Constitution does not exist. Frankly, it is not up to the President whether or not we intervene in Libya, or set up “no-fly” zones, or send troops. At least, it is not if we follow the Constitution. Even by the loose standards of the War Powers Resolution, which cedes far too much power to the president, he would have no authority to engage in hostilities because we have not been attacked – not by Gaddafi, and not by the rebels. This is not our fight. If the administration wants to make it our fight, let them make their case before Congress and put it to a vote. I would strongly oppose such a measure, but that is the proper way to proceed.

Constitutional questions aside, Congress also needs to consider the interests of the American people. Again, we have not been attacked. Whatever we may think about the Gaddafi regime, we must recognize that the current turmoil in Libya represents an attempted coup d’etat in a foreign country. Neither the coup leaders nor the regime pose an imminent threat to the United States and therefore, as much as we abhor violence and loss of life, this is simply none of our business. How can we commit our men and women in uniform to a dangerous military operation in Libya when they swore an oath to protect and defend the Constitution? We must also understand that our intervention will undermine the legitimacy of whatever government prevails in Libya. Especially if it is a bad government, it will be seen as our puppet and further radicalize people in the region against us. These are terrible reasons to put our soldiers’ lives at risk.

Finally we need to consider the economic cost. We don’t have the money for more military interventions overseas. We don’t have the money for our current military interventions overseas. We have to rely on the Fed’s printing presses and our ability to borrow from China to fund these wars. That alone should put an end to any discussion about getting involved in Libya’s civil war.

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  1. America is invading Libya because they are trying to roll out a solid gold dinar and valuing their oil ONLY in these gold dinar. America Global Elitist do not want this to happen. This is why you are seeing the US bombing and rolling in troops and contractors to that area.

    w w w.youtube.com/watch?v=GuqZfaj34nc

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  2. America is invading Libya because they are trying to roll out a solid gold dinar and valuing their oil ONLY in these gold dinar. America Global Elitist do not want this to happen. This is why you are seeing the US bombing and rolling in troops and contractors to that area.

    w w w.youtube.com/watch?v=GuqZfaj34nc

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  3. I think Ron Pauls is more of a moderate then everything else.
    When you read about him and his policies more closely.

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  4. I think Ron Pauls is more of a moderate then everything else.
    When you read about him and his policies more closely.

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  5. Dr. Paul I ask you what is Congress doing to take control of the peoples military? Do they or don't they have the final say? Why is there no Congressional hearings forcing the hands of President Obama? Has President Obama committed a impeachable offense with his behind close door agreements? Are the bombings in Syria an impeachable offense being a violation of UN resolutions? Maybe Congress needs to get off their butts and start fighting for the US people earning the yearly payments from their bosses the American people. I mean we tried to impeach Clinton for a sexual act!!! What is holding Congress back from telling the peoples military to stand down? I ask these questions as I live in a country supposed to be run by the people not a king nor a dictator.

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  6. The reason Libya is a target is because they have their own central bank and ample amounts of stockpiled gold and of course, natural resources such as oil. Obama uses the "humanitarian" excuse to justify bullying Libya, a sovereign nation who should be allowed to have their own form of government and religious beliefs, even if they are different from those that we have here in America. Yes, I'm a conservative and a supporter of Ron Paul in 2012. Obama is just another Bush.

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  7. Ron Paul=true conservative.

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  8. be uniqic in your arguement honey, i have dispose of ignorant child like fools like yourself all the time. you are no match for me.

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  9. be uniqic in your arguement honey, i have dispose of ignorant child like fools like yourself all the time. you are no match for me.

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  10. Your little mind, you most be thinking that black people care what you mexicans thinks of us. Have you look at you country lately, have you see the ganga war in LA, etc. Honey dont spit at the sky, it would fall right in your eye, you fool. Look at your backyard before you critic others. Bye bye dickward.

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  11. Your little mind, you most be thinking that black people care what you mexicans thinks of us. Have you look at you country lately, have you see the ganga war in LA, etc. Honey dont spit at the sky, it would fall right in your eye, you fool. Look at your backyard before you critic others. Bye bye dickward.

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  12. it should have, not should of. go on tell me what is the iq level of mexicans you fool. dumbs, you are the one that cant even write. go on fuck off

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  13. it should have, not should of. go on tell me what is the iq level of mexicans you fool. dumbs, you are the one that cant even write. go on fuck off

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  14. Google it and see AA and Africans are dumb as hell! you all fight each other like animals. I should of let your dumb ass think i was AA.

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  15. by the way what is the iq average of mexican again?

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