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. Please run in 2012.

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  2. When the FED got tricked into something, killing starts. That is the evil money in FED are for, Americans don’t have exemption.

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  3. It was the House subcommittee oversee the Federal Reserve reported that.

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  4. Also, an Arab bank now 59% owned by the Central Bank of Libya borrowed multiple times from FED discount windows in the 2008 Wall St tsunami — at least $5 billion in total, the reports indicate.

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  5. Why can one group of voters give power to political parties to kill other groups of voters?
    There is nothing we can do if Gadhafi is killing his own people on streets like Al Gaeda.
    We can’t do anything if Republicans/Democrats are killing their own civilian voters on streets like Gadhafi does as well.

    Can we guarantee any political party doesn’t kill anybody with military and secret agents? No. Why election then? We need wikileaks and anonymous in the system.

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  6. Kennedy was killed because of his US Bank Note and that he wanted to get out of Vietnam.

    Ron Paul has similar policy on both. I hope he pays his body guards well. International Bankers profit on war and controlling the Central Banks. They will not tolerate troublemakers.

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  7. ok, so aren’t there dictators in every middle eastern country, and don’t we control most of them, they are the “good” dictators. What an interesting coincidence that we have decided to attack libya, who by total coincidence has oil reserves.

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  8. Who are the rebels? The rebels are islamic extremists:
    just read “EXTREMISM IN EASTERN LIBYA” by WikiLeaks
    213.251.145.96/cable/2008/02/0­8TRIPOLI120 . html

    watch?v=bVukQDXuCSE

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  9. We need to get rid off this guy called “ProgressiveAmerica”.
    I see him on every fucking Ron Paul-video and it annoys me.
    Thumbs up if you agree, let´s start the revolution against “ProgressiveAmerica”.

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  10. ron paul 2012 is the hope of America.

    the current establishment is destroying the republic

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  11. So if the obama has clearly violated the constitution by passing congress to send young men and women to die for something we have no business being involved in. Then why is RP refusing to start impeachment proceedings?

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  12. There is a hell of a lot more innocents dying in Mexico so why no “humanitarian” offensive there? Maybe decapitation is socially acceptable? Maybe Obama needs weed? Maybe Obama needs cocaine?

    Bottom line, as Obama has termed “our interests” I feel it is prudent and should be demanded to be publicly make known what the hell “our interests” is clearly defined as, because what ever they are, they clearly are not mine.

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  13. This guy is a legend! If Americans were smart they would elect this guy

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  14. ProgressiveInAmerica

    Ron Paul, end YOUR war on America’s freedom, safety, security, and Israel you racist anti-semetic old fart!!

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    • War on Israel???? You kidding me???

      That Shity State Of Israel was created by war and most likely be distroyed by war. Don’t worry we won’t even wast our spit ot piss on that SS of I.

      RP never ever stated any anti-semetic statement but here is video for you to watch from your own jewish Rabai.

      “Judaism of Torah hate Zionism & Israel”

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  15. What about the arms embargo over Libya? That was include in the latest UN resolution 1973. But this resolution dosen’t concern the rebels according to US military. More arms = more deaths, destruction and pain for the population. The rebels don’t have the number, nor a clear support of the majority of the population. They can’t win by themselves.

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  16. it is NOT a war, it is “KINETIC MILITARY ACTION!” So get it straight! They’re simply dropping freedom missiles and locking them up in liberty cells that taste like rainbows. War is good! Black is white. Fluoride is good. Protests are bad. The Fed is not devaluing the dollar. Chemtrails prevent global warming. It is 1984, not 2011. Welcome to bizzaro world.

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    • 1984 or 1948? because none of these problems were happening in 84, or as many.

      Just call it for what is: a surreal and fictional plot that MUST not become a reality and has nothing good for anyone.

      Likewise, no rehearsal, or defense drill should become true, because is just a practice. No dream, movie or novel or art plot should become real, or it will be an artificial SITUATION, and that would mean that even life would non real.

      SO, WHAT is going on?

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  17. the peaceful time its over, why. this elites keep making deadly action heir and in the world. but i see one think its better to go,grave the horns of the bulls, and the litter braind wash fall whit them. i hope you see the picture?it about actions not to belived in what you don’t know, just the facts

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  18. Ron Paul for President !

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  19. Ron Paul = no balls and a friend to terrorists.

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