Ron Paul: End the Libyan War!

by Ron Paul

Last week the Obama Administration took the United States to war against Libya without bothering to notify Congress, much less obtain a Constitutionally-mandated declaration of war. In the midst of our severe economic downturn, this misadventure has already cost us hundreds of millions of dollars and we can be sure the final price tag will be several times higher.

Why did the US intervene in a civil war in a country that has neither attacked us nor poses a threat? We are told this was another humanitarian intervention, like Clinton’s 1999 war against Serbia. But as civilian victims of the US-led coalition bombing continue to add up, it is getting difficult to determine whether the problem we are creating on the ground is worse than the one we were trying to solve.

Though the administration seems to be playing with semantics, calling this a “kinetic military action,” let’s be clear: this is a US act of war on Libya. Imposing a no-fly zone over the air space of a sovereign nation is an act of war, as Secretary of Defense Robert Gates pointed out before the bombing began. That the administration hesitates to call this war, possibly due to the troubling Constitutional implications, does not mean that it is not one. Article 1 Section 8 of the Constitution could not be clearer: the power and obligation to declare war resides solely in the US Congress.

There was ample time and opportunity for the administration to consult the UN, NATO and the Arab League before going to war, but not the US Congress.

Aside from the manner in which the administration took us to war, it is also troubling that our government has taken a decisive stand for one side of an internal conflict in another sovereign country. The administration speaks out of both sides of its mouth on this, claiming that the US is not attempting to overthrow the Gaddafi regime while clearly benefitting the rebels and stating that Gaddafi must leave. Does this make any sense? Gaddafi may well be every bit the “bad guy” we are told he is, but who are the rebels we are assisting? Do we have any clue? Will they bring freedom and prosperity to Libya if they are victorious? We might like to hope so, but the fact is, we don’t know. Michael Scheuer, former head of the CIA’s Bin Laden unit, explained in a recent article that there is plausible reason to believe the rebels are current or former Islamist mujahedin, eager to engage in jihad. Indeed, Gaddafi has fought against Libyan Islamists for years and is seen by them as a bitter enemy. Astoundingly, it may well be that we are assisting al Qaeda in this new war!

The costs of this terrible mistake cannot be ignored. Congress has been locked in battles over budget cuts and agonizing over ways to save money. Recent proposed spending cuts have by now been completely wiped out with this new war! Will we be rebuilding Libya ten years from now? Will Congress simply roll over and rubber stamp more emergency spending bills for this new war as they have done in the past? We must end our participation in any attack on Libya immediately and I have signed on to legislation that would do exactly that. Congress must assert its Constitutional authority and rein in an administration clearly out of control.

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152 Comments:

  1. Ron Paul surely knows that if elected,..he will be killed…We can’t let that happen

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  2. Ron Paul is already the president!! Clearly

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  3. We will always choose LOVE over HATE.
    We will always choose PEACE over WAR.
    Our dear nation is 13 Trillion in debt as the Dark Cabal Corporate billionaires hide their money from Uncle Sam’s tax collectors.
    Demand Official First Contact and follow the Disclosure Project’s releases NOW.

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  4. This is so orwellian. We’re at war with Eastasia… no we’ve never been at war with Eastasia.

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  5. Impeach oBOMBa Now . This idiot has ruined any chance for our country to survive economically. 14 trillion in national debt. Yet we are in another WAR ?
    Over 160 x 1.5 million for each cruise missile shot!, 10K for Jet fuel for every hour of flight over the no fly zone?. The people running our country are spending like crazy and Taxing us into eternal slavery. Each American citizen is now just a Tax slave with a Social security number Tatooed on our heads

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  6. BLAH, BLAH, BLAH, RON PAUL. THE ONLY THING YOU CARE ABOUT IS THIS STUPID COUNTRY FREEDOM. SO FUCK YOU. YOU CARELESS ABOUT GENOCIDE AND TYRANT REGIME GOVERNMENT.

    SO FU!

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  7. NO ‘NEW WORLD ORDER’
    AMERICA RISING…IT IS OUR WHITE HOUSE, OUR CONSTITUTION, OUR FREEDOM, OUR RIGHTS, OUR DECISION, oBOMBa works for US
    oBOMBa to jail!!!!

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  8. IMPEACH oBOMBa!!!!
    Right on Ron! AMERICA RISING……RON PAUL 2012~~LET’S DO THIS!!!
    it is OUR DECISION~~WE ARE MAD AS HELL AND WE’RE NOT GOING TO TAKE IT ANYMORE!!

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  9. Libya is not our place.

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  10. obama will do what ever the elite tell him to do as long as he wants to keep himself alive he will not decline there actions a mere puppet on a string if u ask me ron u need to run but to be honest even if u do run u wont win unless u do what the elite want in the four years ur in office fuck the global elite those sick scum bags

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  11. Where are our alleged heroes in the armed forces? Are they not sworn to defend the Constitution against enemies both foreign and abroad? They are complicit in this illegal action if they do not refuse to act or are they simply liars and cowards, too afraid to stand up against a terrible crime. Now I don’t really expect the grunts to do this… they’re dupes and pawns. But the upper brass should be refusing but why should they? They get to kill people and advance their careers. Right?

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  12. from Baghdad Iraq the troops got ur back

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  13. I wish Ron Paul was my Granddad man he is so honest, sincere and most of all for the people.
    I would even go to america next year get citizenship just so i could vote for him in office!!
    RON PAUL A TRUE LEGEND!!

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  14. y did somone say kma ?

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  15. KMA = Kiss My ASS!

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  16. where’s the recognition of our individual sovereignty Mr. Paul? it is common knowledge among those who are awake that we have unalienable rights and are sovereign. WHERE’S OUR REPUBLIC?!

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  17. Hi all, kip6.blogspot.com. Because you DESERVE to be INFORMED ! it is COOL and SEXY to be INFORMED ! It is NOT cool and sexy to be IGNORANT and UNINFORMED !

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  18. everyone will vote ron paul

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  19. This attack is partially about oil and partially about reelection.

    Bush attack Iraq one year before election 2004 and caught Saddam in Dec. 2003 boosting his credentials as commander in chief. Obama will do the same and either catch or kill Ghaddafi by Dec 2011.

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  20. sadly enough we live in a blind def nation…

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