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.


  • selfrealizedexile

    piece of aggressive technology that exists in this time), too–authorized or not; the gov’t needs the intellectual consent or at least resignation of its enemies to maintain control. It needs this because it is the people who are actually in control and have the ultimate power–*no matter how powerful the State initially is*. They have the power because when united as a collective insofar as they seek Liberty, they know more than the State. Any military strategist will tell you information

  • lg

    Notice how the super powers Russia, China, India and Brazil abstained from this nonsense. They must be laughing at us yet again, for our insistence to police the world and piss away our limited resources in the process.

  • Skid

    Ron, I love you, but you really fail on this one. Libya Declares Cease-Fire
    Libya Cease-Fire means that the total cost of this operation is zero.
    Sorry, I don’t want Ron Paul followers to insult me, but I think that RP international policy is a flaw in his politic perspective.
    I’m capitalist, I agree with everything else.

  • DangerMouse232

    not enough people are listening to these important service annoucemoents…this man is going out of his way to warn folks about our lil problems..though it seems kids my age rather watch jersey whores (shore) than to worry about our own country. Sooon there wont be a jersey shore cuz we might lose our country to a bunch of globalist

  • PureLiberalFire

    Ron Paul is great. But he’s wrong and coldly inhuman here.

    When it’s ultra-easy — like Libya today — toppling dictatorships IS America’s job. So long as it looks like there’s a semi-decent and quasi-libertarian opposition, ultra-powerful America should help out by killing the mini-Hitlers and their cronies. This would not be an act of war “against Libya.” It’s an act of liberation and salvation FOR Libya!

  • JBBlitz

    Ron Paul mentions that we should not be supporting dictators in middle east yet is against having the people of Libya freed from a dictator and doing nothing is technically supporting the dictator, you can’t have it both ways.

  • dekoderek

    An executive, a legislature, and a judiciary – there should be three separate, independent powers for country to be ruled well. If the president takes over legislative part from parliament it has to go wrong. The same problem is all over the Europe.

  • blackswanflea

    Mr Ron Paul is smarter than most of us put together. President Paul 2012.

  • BigBearHuskyMusher

    It’s not Americans, It’s not the Brits or Aussis. It’s the fricken globalist Neo-natzi, zionist, globalist corporate elite f*kers that what to rule, abuse, torture,degrade and depopulate all of us lowlife Goyims.ALL of us!Not just Americans, Germans,French,Polish,Russian…whatevers.ALL those that are not “Blue Bloods”,part of their fraternity of elite,corporate distinguished supreme masters of the universe egotistical maniacal psycho puffed up blow fish murdering self serving satanic masochist

  • garagecrap

    Americans should be used to attacking everyone by now no?

  • BigBearHuskyMusher

    The Constitution of the United States has been the pillar of free men’s believes sacred from the time Washington renounced Freemasonry and Andrew Jackson rebuke of the Central Bank of the United States but it has been degraded to a paper dream since Woodrow Wilson’s sellout to the Banksters and the Federal Reserve & subsequent IRS theft. We have since been under slavery.The Constitution of the United States is only as uplifting to humanity as we are uplifting to our fellow human beings under it.

  • BigBearHuskyMusher

    I have never disagreed with Ron but this is very strange for a man I believe is a pillar of freedom and justice.He sounds like McCain here.I hope to god this is not what he truly believes. Please someone tell me he is not really saying he will compromise the essence and embodiment of the Constitution of the United States for mere doctrine after which it has been trampled on beyond recognition through years of abuse & treachery by the elite class of arrogant “Blue Bloods” and corp thugs.Freedom!

  • TheLibertyLibrary

    Amen, thank you Ron, may God watch over and protect your family and yourself and bless you and our country through Jesus Christ I pray Amen,

  • BigBearHuskyMusher

    “..we don’t have the money for this” You kidding me?The corp weapons manufacturing /globalist are gonna control the defense budget no matter what you think they should do.To think we have control over our spending is naive.Let alone think we have control over our Congress.The House and Senate are all bought and paid for.The 2 party system is a 1 owner 2 horse race. Cracks me up 2 hear people condemn US people as casual agents to this f**d up control system that each and every 1 of us is slave to

  • BigBearHuskyMusher

    Ron Paul… Revolution” your sign says Ron. I love ya bro and I support ya but I gotta disagree on this one.Your sign there says “Revolution”…that’s a statement of seeking freedom. How can you say you want freedom and not help others to achieve the same thing? You wanna abide by the Constitution and I agree 100% The Constitution signifies freedom first and foremost. Let us not deny those who wish for the same things as our Constitution spells out. Rethink this one Paul

  • Snowflake70

    By post my affirmation here I am preaching to the choir and I don’t even go to church ! For OBVIOUS reasons. Don’t pray to a myth.

  • BigBearHuskyMusher

    The UN, Trilateral commision, the CFR, the European Nation, African Nation, Asian Nation, NAFTA, etc etc etc…..are ALL utilities of the elite. Unbelievable that they got away with the billions in bail outs/ paid themselves for stealing, let alone they devise a scheme to print money out of thin air and then charge interest on that money. “Money Masters”, “Wizard of OZ”. If people realize how much they were enslaved and under control by these SOBs….they would fight back as hard as the Libyians

  • BigBearHuskyMusher

    The days of abiding by the Constitution of The United States are all but vanished. Obama, the Bushes, Cheney, Rockefellers, Rothschilds, Warburgs, Brittish and all European royalties/”BlueBloods”, big Corps Freemasons,Fed Reserve Banksters and other Satanic Bohemian Grove Luciferian “Uncarers” … etc have seen to it with a purpose and drive I cannot understand. Makes me sick to my stomach. Money and power is all they care about. They do not care about life or liberty. What can stop them?

  • Justicar333

    Agreed. The congress and congress alone should have the power of war declaration. It’s even already in the constitution as I understand it! While Libya isn’t our fight, I am sympathetic to their plight. Happily, it does look like other UN members will step up to the plate on this one.

  • wavepsychic

    I completely agree. When I heard they want Obama to intervene I thought that we should risk our Americans for Libya!