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. You are completely wrong and so are the 44 idiots who thumbs up your stupid war crime comment. Even a Kindergarden student will understand. Freedom is NOT the answer war is NOT the answer Gaddafi is better than bombs.

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  2. Whether Obama goes to Congress or not, whether the rebels are “Islamists” or not, whether the US economy is healthy or not, are all completely irrelevant.

    The main issue is that the US has no moral or legal right to attack Libya, end of story.

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  3. obama is clearly doublespeak, it is so painfully obvious. it’s seriously time for Ron Paul to be president, or all else is lost.

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  4. obama is clearly doublespeak, it is so painfully obvious. it’s seriously time for Ron Paul to be president, or all else is lost.

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  5. if he really wants to help the USA then raise the import tax and do away with the export tax bring jobs home!!

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  6. the WORLD? really? What a little word…BTW, RP seems to like constitution right? How come he just don’t give a fuck about separation between state and church? Is an iranian wannabe or what?

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  7. US is NOT doing war to Lybia.There’s zero (0) american troups on Lybia’s ground. 3 weeks after all I can see is you FAILED.

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  8. You are ENTIRELY right. But HOW DO WE GET HIM ELECTED? Most of the the American sheeple have been lied to and fucked by the feds so many times that they are confused.

    My conclusion is that although Ron Paul has the message, he is NOT the messenger. He is too ordinary. We gotta find a flamboyant asshole to carry the message, like Jesse Ventura or Big Bux Trump. Surely not Palin. She is all over the map.

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  9. see my channel to know the real truth about the libyan war and everything

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  10. U.S. 4-star General Wesley Clark (Ret.), explains that the Bush Administration planned to take out 7 countries in 5 years: Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Iran (2007 upto 2012)
    /watch?v=bX7hMj2NKTc

    “Japan’s government, threatened with more HAARP attacks, pays 60 trillion yen to Feds”
    eclinik. wordpress. com/vital-issues/ben-fulford/japan%E2%80%99s-government-threatened-with-more-haarp-attacks-pays-60-trillion-yen-to-feds/

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  11. The world will be truly screwed if we don’t get RP as pres in2012. You gotta make it happen Ron along with all the other folks who are behind you. There’s a heap of us here Down Under who are rootin for ya too!
    RON PAUL IN 2012 or dire consequences for all of mankind.

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  12. Go on Ron meet William. You met his fathers friend.
    meet him.
    Youd be soon saying oh dear he “Colonel” shouldnt of done that

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  13. Simply put.
    If i messed with the Scottish i’d be fucking scared.
    OH FUCK YES i’d be fucking scared.
    Oh dear oh dear Libya doesnt exist.
    well……..

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  14. Simply put.
    If i messed with the Scottish i’d be fucking scared.
    OH FUCK YES i’d be fucking scared.
    Oh dear oh dear Libya doesnt exist.
    well……..

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  15. Scotland doesnt understand Al fucking what ever they just knock them clean out.
    i cant hhear you Ron paul. i’m sorry.

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  16. No.
    1st. It was the Scottish who took USA to war.
    2nd. We went there because the Scottish ae fucking big.
    Man on man no chance was called.

    3rd do you know who the Celts are?
    They destroyed everything everywhere at our own call. because they are our friends.
    Destroyed Rome 15 times. Celts.

    Long live the barbarians.
    fuck yu fuck them all and 1st of all fuck the Colonel he isnt Scottish who the fuck is he to bob Scotland

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  17. VeteranConservative

    What was Ron Paul doing in Bruno’s bedroom? Can somebody explain that??

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  18. May 5th, 2011 is the next money bomb for Dr. Paul. It is during the first Republican Presidential debate!

    d e b a t e d a y . c o m

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  19. May 5th, 2011 is the next money bomb for Dr. Paul. It is during the first Republican Presidential debate!

    d e b a t e d a y . c o m

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  20. May 5th, 2011 is the next money bomb for Dr. Paul. It is during the first Republican Presidential debate!

    d e b a t e d a y . c o m

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