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.

  • http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=ajahamza ajahamza

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

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  • http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=ajahamza ajahamza

    lol… mexican power. lmao. i not going to say anything racist about the mexican, because you people have your own shit to deal with. so now go fuck yourself. shame on you. you contradict yourself you fool. so fuck off and die

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  • http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=ajahamza ajahamza

    lol… mexican power. lmao. i not going to say anything racist about the mexican, because you people have your own shit to deal with. so now go fuck yourself. shame on you. you contradict yourself you fool. so fuck off and die

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  • http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=dewege39 dewege39

    He is only my friend because he works in a store i can get free things! dumass! mexican power!

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  • http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=ajahamza ajahamza

    how ironic did you left a message saying that all africans should be kill off the planet, and that we all have low iq and we are lazy? on here you say you have african friend, lol… i bet your african friends dont know you hate them that much to see them all killed? fuck you

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  • http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=911sheeple 911sheeple

    Oh yeah, Saddam killed 120K of his own people. Thats nothing, Bush’s war on Iraq killed 400,000 Iraqis.
    Gonna deny that?

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  • http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=411American 411American

    NO ONE STARTED ANYTHING WITH AMERICA – OBAMA STARTED IT ALL ON HIS OWN

    Answer a stupid question -What did they do to us? There is a cure for insanity we have not found a cure for stupidity warmongers who kill off mankind and don’t even know WHY.

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  • http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=411American 411American

    NO ONE STARTED ANYTHING WITH AMERICA – OBAMA STARTED IT ALL ON HIS OWN

    Answer a stupid question -What did they do to us? There is a cure for insanity we have not found a cure for stupidity warmongers who kill off mankind and don’t even know WHY.

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  • http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=shadowhunter388 shadowhunter388

    ARE YOU FUCKING KIDDING ME!?! HOW MANY TIMES DO I HAVE TO SAY IT! Wake the fuck up! Can’t you read or were you never educated properly? Brittan and France started this. US just joined in but no you have to degrade the country and make up some false story that you pulled out of your ass to protect the blindness. Are you sure you’re not working for the government to mislead people because no matter what I say you are like a robot. You are programed to do one thing, Spread BS

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  • http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=411American 411American

    WARMONGER WORSHIPER KILLER the MF caused more shit and Broke America NOW TERRORIZING LIBYA why can’t people put America first?

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  • http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=411American 411American

    WARMONGER WORSHIPER KILLER the MF caused more shit and Broke America NOW TERRORIZING LIBYA why can’t people put America first?

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  • http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=shadowhunter388 shadowhunter388

    Warmonger!?! He ended fucking iraq. Something Bush would have never done. When are you going to wake the fuck up and realize USA has military campaigns going on right now that don’t even have combat or see combat. When are you going to see that this is NOT Bush Era anymore. If I am going to reason with you. Can’t you be more specific.

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  • http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=411American 411American

    Sit back and watch what? another inside 911 job or a couple hundred tomahawk missiles
    massacre innocent people in Libya over something that NEVER HAPPENED NOR WOULD. Gullible Obama warmonger worship supporter.

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  • http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=shadowhunter388 shadowhunter388

    “It is Britain and France spearheading this operation, America were reluctant for many reasons but have been convinced to join in action but will not take part in ground attacks. This operation has been passed by the UN and backed by Arab nations.

    If it was left there would be mass genocide, everyone willing a democratic country would be killed.

    Gadaffi’s loyalists are visiting schools, getting children to inform on their parents.

    You wish the western world to sit back and watch?”

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  • shadowhunter388

    “It is Britain and France spearheading this operation, America were reluctant for many reasons but have been convinced to join in action but will not take part in ground attacks. This operation has been passed by the UN and backed by Arab nations.

    If it was left there would be mass genocide, everyone willing a democratic country would be killed.

    Gadaffi’s loyalists are visiting schools, getting children to inform on their parents.

    You wish the western world to sit back and watch?”

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  • http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=411American 411American

    Why mot keep it simple “Libya Is Not the American People’s Fight”

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  • http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=shadowhunter388 shadowhunter388

    Oh its the internet now? Reminds me of YouTube and conspirators. I feel like the CIA started up this conspiracy propaganda shit. Why does bad always have to be bad. Where is the truth in all this? Have you ever heard of Reverse Psychology. People are trying to scare others and destroy and trying to make Anarchy over this bullshit or atleast htat is what it feels like.

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  • http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=411American 411American

    When any Govern Mentalists want’s war for diversionary purposes they easily create it and then control it by main stream media. P.S they are so bad at covering it up as main stream media is failing them as their fool viewers have a second place to investigate on their own with the biggest think tank in the world the internet which they want control of

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  • http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=shadowhunter388 shadowhunter388

    Wait till you hear the truth. You’re going to find out the sad way you were wrong the hole time. That faggot deserved to die. He was a dictator. If you think he is loyal to his people then I wonder what you think of North Korea. That asshole mustard gassed his people. Get some facts you sheep. We all have our opinions and we have our facts but you…. You just have bullshit and the ability to try to mislead people and create a type of civil war or Anarchy. You divide not Unite

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  • http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=shadowhunter388 shadowhunter388

    I am treason? Treason for what? Speaking my mind? I have the Amendment to speak how ever or whenever I want. FUCK Central Terrorist Agency. Fuck Isreal. You think I support that country then you’re off your rocker. I love how you try to get youtubers to go against me with your tin foil hat shit and disinformation. Do the real Americans a favor and fuck off. We don’t need sheep. We need Americans who will stand up to these thugs. Not Faggot ass loons.

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