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.

  • G483F33LY

    but the UN and NOT the US established the no fly zone, and the RAF and Italian air forces are supposed to be looking after it…

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  • Pepsifx357

    Please people, just stop reading the comments. Don’t provoke the trolls.

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  • Aburamzi1

    Don’t worry the British and the Frensh and the Arab countries are going to do this job

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  • SeeYouInMe

    This guy really turned out the be a wipe. A nation is not an island among itself, and this guy is like an ostrigde with his head in the sand.

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  • BigBearHuskyMusher

    I love ya Ron but you can’t say “does this mean a nuclear strike is on the table?…Apparently so” Where’s that coming from?

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  • Freedomremoved

    If you have not put your faith in Jesus Christ then now is the time. We have no power over this. When you hear this kind of stuff you no full well you feel helpless, it’s because you are. You need God, you need faith in Jesus Christ.

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  • x00czar00x

    Ron Paul knows what’s up…

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  • BigBearHuskyMusher

    Well…I agree…but if UN/US does not step in, then Libya’s will be lost. And it will certainly quell the freedom movement across the middle East. Is it worth the lives and costs to help real democracy? We certainly are spending billions for the support of dictatorship run regimes. It seems that IF we can limit this to air support & supplies to the people instead of the totalitarian regime we would otherwise be doing it is a step in the right direction. Let this not be an Iraq or Afghanistan

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  • mercanaries3

    and* typo

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  • mercanaries3

    fuck obama anf his vacation trips

    you run a country that depends on you, WHY would you be taking vacations in times of crisis

    hell you know what, just let those bastards get what they deserve

    and they deserve a nuke war, since they will not listen they will see what Tyranny is really capable of.

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  • envanje

    Lybians say it’s their mess and they will clean it up, so give them a chance.

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  • Schmauey

    Thank you, Dr. Paul.

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  • gdernie

    FOLLOW THE CONSTITUTION!

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  • RebelliousPatriot

    I dont think we should fight in Lybia…but we should support the rebels because they want what we want, freedom.

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    • lg

      The rebels are shooting rifles into the air and screaming ‘allah akbar’. The Huff Post is reporting today that many of them are anti-American extremists. Why the fuck should we protect them?

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  • InTheSticks0001

    Well, we can forget borrowing more from Japan!

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  • snoopaloop2010

    blam

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  • thegabewilsonreport

    Ron Paul 2012

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  • MrRedJoker93

    Exactly. Let the Congress vote on whether or not we go into Libya. FOLLOW THE CONSTITUTION!

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  • catholicforever

    It’s not our fight, why does the US have to get involved in someone else’s war?

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  • Grevlo

    Ron Paul loves terrorism.

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