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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  • DavidKWegley

    Go fuck yourself, Ron Paul.

  • CriticalTh1nker

    I hope that if Ron Paul runs in 2012, that if the media (including Google and Yahoo), censors him, that Americans will have the good sense (they have thus far failed to illustrate) to vote for Ron Paul anyway.

    This is not about party affiliation/loyalty, color, age or otherwise. America has suffered long enough, the result of frivolous votes cast by those who are either rolling the dice, or have selfish interest. America first!

  • CriticalTh1nker

    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.”

    Now to those of you who voted for Obama, despite knowing that he refused to pledge allegiance to the flag, and despite protest that predicted that his future actions would mirror this refusal…Are you getting the point?

    Seems to me that what should be common, is lacking in many.

  • dikroxem

    I am sorry, but I think this was a computer reading from text. It did not have Ron Pauls spirit in it.

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  • 1940Katyn

    I’m so convinced that Obama is hiding stuff about his past possibly even birth location that I’m temporarily smitten w/ Trump. I realize that Trump would probably never question the nuts and bolts of the system like RP will therefore I’d never choose him over RP head to head but I really admire the way Trump is destroying the main stream gutter Media with his logic..

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  • Libertarian777

    food for thought.

    Obama expressly stated that Libya was NOT a direct threat to the USA, was not attacking us nor threatening us.

    Now since we’ve started bombing them the FBI is looking for Libyan ‘terrorists’ amongst the US population. So, Obama clearly stated Libya was NO threat to us, now we’ve bombed the sh1t out of them, so now they ARE a threat to us.

    You can’t make this sh1t up if you wanted to.

  • tj

    Enough is enough…Does anyone know why he has not declared his candidacy yet? Does it hurt if you declare too early? What is the strategy? I don’t want to support someone who is not serious about winning. I heard on TV today that Oboma has declared and they expect him to raise close to a billion dollars and that only Romney can match that….

    Hogwash….a campaign that starts early enough can generate the momentum needed to raise enough funds to win the White House. I am not being gullible. A billion dollars or a 100 billion dollars is not enough money to get a candidate elected if that candidate is incompetent…like Oboma is. Can anyone give me some answers please…tj

  • RandomShellAccount

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    Ron Paul + Ralph Nader 2012

    Ron Paul + Peter Schiff 2012

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    • tj

      I am sorry…but, Ron Paul’s credibility is harmed when linked with other losers like Kucinich and Nader…especially when these 2 are ideologically opposite of Ron Paul. Now, although a running mate is not chosen until after the primaries, it can be fun to speculate.

      Such a candidate should NOT be a carbon copy of his (Gary Johnson), but still needs to be basically aligned with him. A VP must help win a critical state (Santorum perhaps in PA or Pawlenty in Minnesota) or help win a certain segment of the population (Bauchmann, Jindal, or Rubio).

      Just my 2 cents…er, 4 cents….nope, 11 cents worth….(I better stop before inflation costs us 2 bucks to express an opinion)

  • revolution This article explains why we are at war with Libya. Many other articles on this website also shed light upon the real intentions of our Govt., as well as references to the NWO. Time is running out, we need to quit the bickering and take back our Govt. Tell your reps we need to impeach Obama; hold them accountable.


    A no fly zone is not a war dumb ass! Stop playing the drama queen. Buy yourself a beer to cry in. Ron Paul hates America.

    • Libertarian777

      if dropping bombs on another country is not an act of war what is?

      smoking a joint?

      apparently you can have a ‘war on drugs’ but not a ‘Libyan war’. Last I checked we didn’t have F/A-18’s dropping JDAMs in Tijuana or Juarez.

      A war by any other name is a war.

    • You must be born and raised in Obama’s town where” A no fly zone is not an act of war”. I am sure drive by shooting is fun. where homicide is a daily family neighbor news. Where rape is considered manly character. Where torture is basic tool for your legal system. Come on HOME-BOY

      ZIONIST NEOCON hates America.
      They turned America’s gov. into a monster where War is peace and hate is freedom.

      RON PAUL for 2012

  • IceAgeColumbus

    I believe that most all the comments against Ron Paul are from paid Jewish trolls.

    Ron Paul always speaks truth, consistently, and constitutionally backed. To disagree with Ron Paul, usually means to disagree with the constitution.

  • smrt1111111111111

    I can not vote because I’m not from USA. If I could I would.

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  • drj1400

    Of course Ron Paul is right. This is not our fight, there is no strategy for winning, there is no strategy for losing (exit strategy.) Obama goes to the UN and not Congress because he believes he is a king and not the leader of one of the 3 branches of government.

    This action ought to be defunded and impeachment hearing should begin. There ought to be enough support in both parties for this.

  • SuperSaccoh

    Ron Paul,nothing will make you different from Obama.

    • tj

      is there any way you can please explain yiur ridiculous comment? or are you gone forever from here? thanks, tj