Ron Paul: “Mission Accomplished” in Libya?

by Ron Paul

Even as a major hurricane hits America’s eastern seaboard, the administration is determined to expand the war in Libya while threatening the regime in Syria. Is there any limit to government’s appetite to create more problems for our nation and economy?

Americans may be tempted to celebrate the apparent victory of US and NATO backed rebels in Libya, since it seems the Gaddafi regime is overthrown. But I believe any enthusiasm for our Libyan misadventure is premature.

The Obama administration attacked Libya without a constitutional declaration of war, without congressional authorization, without meaningful consultation with Congress — and without a dollar being authorized from the House or Senate. It was a war started by a president who turned to the United Nations for its authority and ignored the authority of the US Congress.

Are we better off as a nation by ignoring and debasing our Constitution? Are we better off having spent more than a billion dollars attacking a country thousands of miles away that had not threatened us? Are we more financially sound having expanded the empire to include yet another protectorate and probable long-term military occupation? Are we more admired throughout the world for getting involved in yet another war?

Still, many will claim that getting rid of Libyan ruler Gaddafi was worth it. They will say that the ends justify the means. As the civilian toll from NATO bombs adds up in a war started under the guise of protecting a civilian population, even the initial argument for intervention is ridiculous. We should not forget that there were no massacres taking place in Libya before the NATO attack. The attack was a dubbed a preventative humanitarian intervention. But as soon as NATO planes started bombing, civilians started dying.

Gaddafi may well have been a tyrant, but as such he was no worse than many others that we support and count as allies. Disturbingly, we see a pattern of relatively secular leaders in the Arab world being targeted for regime change with the resulting power vacuum being filled by much more radical elements. Iraq, post-Saddam, is certainly far closer to Iran than before the US invasion. Will Libya be any different?

We already see grisly reprisals from the US-backed rebels against their political opponents. There are disturbing scenes of looting and lawlessness on the part of the rebels. We know that some rebel factions appear to be allied with Islamic extremists and others seem to have ties to the CIA. They also appear to have a penchant for killing each other as well as supporters of the previous regime. The tribal structure of Libyan society all but ensures that an ongoing civil war is on the agenda rather than the Swiss-style democracy that some intervention advocates suggest is around the corner.

What is next after such a victory? With the big Western scramble to grab Libya’s oil reserves amid domestic political chaos and violence, does anyone doubt that NATO ground troops are not being prepared for yet another occupation?

Neo-conservatives continue to dominate our foreign policy, regardless of the administration in power. They do not care that we are bankrupt, as they are too blinded by their desire for empire and their affection for the entangling alliances we have been rightly counseled to avoid. They have set their sights next on Syria, where the US moves steadily toward intervention in another domestic conflict that has nothing to do with the US. Already the US president has called for “regime change” in Syria, while adding new sanctions against the Syrian regime. Are US bombers far behind?

  • omegafile

    I also heard they they blew up their bunkers so the elites can`t hide and that if they hide in their other bunkers they will be buried alive.

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  • omegafile

    I heard through the grapevine that 75,000 missiles will be launched against the house oh Rothchilds and Rockefeller and all the central bankers if this keeps going on.

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  • PorMansGold

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  • sacopenapa

    A voice of sanity!

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  • MrMrBilko

    CHANGE YOU CAN REALLY BELIEVE IN Well Mr Paul I fear that if you win the same old neocon agenda will probably be stepped up and if you would really make a change then you would not win the election.The lobbyists, CFR and Wall Street will make sure of it. Its a shame and I feel that the way American politics currently is then in order to become President Mr Paul you`d be obliged to lead a successful revolution against Washington. All The Best.

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  • BenjiREC

    We need to remove the Rothschild network, they are a cancer killing our society.

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  • DMINATOR

    I hope Ron is wrong on that, I do… But as always turns out, He is right about everything….

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  • kakompo

    blacks are being killed in their dozens including beheadings by the rebels. CNN and the rest of the media are ignoring that. Libya is not free.. another tyrant will take Khadaffi’s place… well a tyrant who’s more pro-western that is..

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    • Truth Is Self-Evident

      A tyrant that allows a privately owned central bank will replace Qadaffi, then Lybia will be treated like the other despots who allowed the Rothschild Dynasty to own their money supply and their economy as a result.

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  • WhenDreamsTouchFire

    NATO and the US need the mid-east to be islamic Jihadist controlled because if they weren’t they wouldn’t have anyone to fight!!!

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  • PeoplePower

    It’s never over! there’s always more terrorists like ant nests, lol seriously folks it’s all bs.

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    • PeoplePower

      We need to fight the space-terrorists with their ufo’s, sit & laugh see how desperate the elite are.

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  • Kazmitas

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  • GamingLogics

    is nobody worried about the Empire the USA is creating? we let Germany get away with building an Empire before we attacked them, Why are we letting the USA get away with it? Ron Paul is the only way to save the USA!

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  • LeCatnip

    Great video Ron, one of your best.

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  • life, liberty

    “The moral and constitutional obligations of our representatives in Washington are to protect our liberty, not coddle the world, precipitating no-win wars, while bringing bankruptcy and economic turmoil to our people.” – Congressman Ron Paul, 1987

    Dr. / Veteran Ron Paul stated this in 1987… His views and values never change nor falter… Ron Paul 2012

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  • mrmusicman68

    “4:20″ perfect time frame Ron Paul ! 😉 you speak the words that roll around in my mind but am unable to transcribe or communicate to the constituents in my district. Thank you!

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  • foosless

    end the wars NOW!

    youtube.com/watch?v=DprNoGtY0nM

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  • Victor borja

    It is logically obvious that there is a black hand involved in the invasion of Libya. It was a must! His accuracy on this issue is made evident when he compares the relationships in the invasion to that one of Iran with the “post Sadamm era. Is history repeating itself?

    We do have enemies anywhere, there is no bigger issue then the homeland issue.

    Great words Doc !

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  • Naps

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