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?

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  1. Everybody including Ron Paul likes to call Gaddafi a tyrant but there is little evidence to back up the rhetoric. The reality is that he was a much better leader of his country than any of Zionist bootlicking scumbags in the US the UK or France. He left it debt free and prosperous, something the Rothschild cabal is determined to change. Once freed by NATO it will become enslaved in the Rothschild banking gristmill. The Jews are laughing all the way to the bank.

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  2. annihilationHaven

    I wouldn't vote for Paul, but then again I'm against the voting system altogether. The answers that he comes up with, reverting to the way things were, are no longer a possibility, so everything that he is talking about will simply not pass or will result in even greater turmoil. Take away people's government jobs, and they simply will not know what to do with their life. At least short term, there would be chaos or else there will be so much resistance that he would be booted from office.

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  3. I wonder how long it will be until the new Libyan Government starts buying U.S. debt ?

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  4. There seems to be no explanation for the United States military (NATO for now) to be in Libya unless we are trying to establish a military base there for an upcoming major war. The people who are planning that war will make sure that Paul will not get elected. I will vote for Paul, of course, but he needs our prayers as well.

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  5. Ron Paul always Speaks the Truth....wake up America before its too late

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  6. I'm very concerned because I think the Jews want to drive the elephants to extinction because the trunk of an elephant reminds them of an uncircumcised penis. I'm absolutely serious about that... Jews are sick, they're mental cases.

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  7. Funny that he says that massacres did not start until NATO intervention. Gaddaffi promised to show no mercy in the attack on Benghazi right before NATO intervention prevented his forces from obliterating the city.

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  8. If Ron Paul wins by a landslide, There will be no way to rig the vote, because that's what most liklely will happen in the primary............Ron Paul 2012 for a FREE AMERICA for a change............

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  9. Ron Paul appeals to the naive, the easily frightened and the weak minded in American society..Alarmingly they are increasing, left unchecked will lead to the demise of a strong America..BEWARE OF RON PAUL. This old 'Dream-Weaving Pied-Piper' will be rotting in his grave, long after America continues to suffer the consequences of his proposed policies..If we allow this weak spirit to hijack American Foreign Policy, we'll witness the fall of America.. VOTE FOR A STRONG AMERICA and Reject Ron Paul

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  10. Ron Paul 2012!!!!! There is no other.

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  11. You really need to read history.

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  12. Ron 'BACK TO THE FUTURE' Paul, is the most Dangerous man in American politics today and want's to weaken America at the most critical time in the history of the Planet..Does he truly think if America turns it's back, and pulls away from festering trouble, it will be safe...Pacifist-Inaction caused the WW 1 & WW 2...Are we prepared to go a 3rd Round?...As day follows night, Ron Paul's Selfish-Naivety will surely take us there.. Ron Paul needs to be dealt with Texas-Style before he kills us all

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  13. Downwiththeempire

    Ron Paul has my full support. Im spreading the truth around to my family neighbors, anyone who will listen. We need to stop this globalists controlled empire government. I want a future of liberty and freedom, not slavery and probably by then we won't be the USA anymore, rather we will be the north American union. No more constitution, new laws and we will have no say in any of this as Americans. It's some scary sh@t people. And the ones that are awaken to the globalists and elite, help wake the sheeple. We the people can disrupt their evil plans and save our future. They don't want Ron Paul in the white house, wonder why? Because he will not stand as their puppet like other presidents in the past. Ron Paul 2012. If you want to save this country and our childrens futures.

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  14. Nothing can be changed while people in America remain unaware that their old constitution no longer exists. The US military is controlled and owned by a foreign corporation. Those who believe that they are fighting to defend the America of the story books have been lied to.

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  15. It's a police action not a war, Just like Vietnam.

    Idiot.

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  16. total time of message ... 420 ...

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  17. If Ron Paul is not elected to president this year. I would pack your bags and leave the usa if you have that option. This country just becomes more and more hated everyday for its foreign policy and this is the only man that will change it.

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  18. Libya is a debt free nation that offers free electricity, offers homes as a basic human right. Gas is only 14 cents a gallon and newly wed families are given 50,000$ to buy a home. Their bank is STATE OWNED. Libya is DEBT FREE.

    The only reason why we are there is for resource (oil) and to control and create a private central banking institution via Rothschild expansion and to create another nation controlled/manipulated through debt.

    Wake up!

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  19. Gadaffy was africas last hope. he did more for the people of africa than any other human being on the planet. he was not a tyrant. he shared all the nations wealth with everyone. he was about to launch a gold back african dinar. that will never happend and I am sure that the african satelite that he launched will be silenced.

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  20. What can you do when israel runs america. US fights wars for israel because your country is run by dual citizens that are full blown zionists. Glenn beck is a super zionist for instance and not even a dual citizen. Some people are just scum.

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