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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202 Comments:

  1. H.G. Wells ‘the time machine’

    The morlocks had been degenerated to the lowest form of human life, cannibalism !

    humanitarians have been degenerated to something similar by bombing and droning just for fun all human life different from theirs !

    /pSVCOU1cw4k

    Go Libyans ! defend your sovereignty against foreign dictators ! you are all heroes !!!!

    NO PASARAN !

    PATRIA O MUERTE !

    Rebel monsters and their inglorious foreign alliance will lose !

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  2. H.G. Wells ‘the time machine’

    The morlocks had been degenerated to the lowest form of human life, cannibalism !

    humanitarians have been degenerated to something similar by bombing and droning just for fun all human life different from theirs !

    /pSVCOU1cw4k

    Go Libyans ! defend your sovereignty against foreign dictators ! you are all heroes !!!!

    NO PASARAN !

    PATRIA O MUERTE !

    Rebel monsters and their inglorious foreign alliance will lose !

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  3. Ron Paul doesn’t stand a chance. Ron is no better than Alex Jones. Sorry Ron, you had a good message, but your support of Alex Jones opened many peoples eyes as to exactly what you are about. Try again in 2016… ;p

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  4. “we should not forget that there was no massacre before the intervention” shut the fuck up, protestors were being shot down in the street by anti aircraft 14.5 mm caliber weapons since feb 15, nearly a month before the intervention. the intervention was asked for by the libyan people. the us never went to “war” but merely assisted with intel, and communication equipment after the initial missile salvoes launched by the us early in the campaign.

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  5. Just like Fraud Paul, his paid shills LIE WITH IMPUNITY. And when they are not outright LYING, they are selling false hopes and deceiving with misleading information. The reason those that bring lies to a debate are automatically disqualified is because their lies turn a debate into a wild goose chase. This debate has been over for a long time. The paid Fraud Paul shills have been caught LYING over and over again.
    Millions would take Fraud Paul’s job for less money. Anyone can accomplish NOTHING

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  6. The 2WW was considered a “righteous war” (Hitler’s aggressions into other nations had to be stopped) – Why? – because it is WRONG and EVIL for one group to VIOLENTLY IMPOSE THEMSELVES ON OTHERS (without respecting the God-given Right to Life and Free Will of others – for WHATEVER trumped-up reason or seemingly-justifiable rationalization – and WHOMEVER those Others may be).
    ‘amerika’ – and its allies [accomplices] – has since become the exact-same EVIL MONSTER that once possessed Germany.

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  7. Ron Paul’s positions are very much like those of Pat Buchanan. They are both fringe John Birch Society candidates. No surprise that Buchanan endorsed him.

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  8. RonPaulRenaissance

    YOU SAID THIS
    “The idea that one can donate to the treasury is beyond ludicrous”
    VERY NEXT PARAGRAPH YOU USE THIS QUOTE
    “He returns a portion of his annual congressional office budget to the U.S. treasury every year.” Who looks ludicrous now??

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  9. RonPaulRenaissance

    ” Last year, we took notice when Congressman Ron Paul (R-TX) returned $100,000 of his Congressional office budget to the United States Treasury. CAIVN editor and contributing author Ryan Jaroncyk wrote”

    “In 2009, Ron Paul returned $90,000 from his office budget, and in 2008, he returned $58,000. It seems that with each passing year the 2008 presidential contender returns a little more of his congressional office budget to the Treasury” dude your a fool!!

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  10. “He returns a portion of his annual congressional office budget to the U.S. treasury every year.”

    He does not give even a tiny bit of his salary back to the treasury. That is an easily proved LIE by the lying Fraud Paulsters. When will you lying Fraud Paulsters realize you are way over your heads here and should quit while you are still behind and still have one? There is nothing you can do or say that will save your master. He is finished. He is an enemy of we the people.
    It’s over!

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  11. RonPaulRenaissance

    Dude, i just completely destroyed you, you have no facts!!!haha check-mate, goodbye and vote RON PAUL 2012!!!!!!!!

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  12. RonPaulRenaissance

    Why arent you going nuts on Obama, Bush, Romney, Perry, Bachmann for saying nothign on the subject exept we need to persue the wars in middle east!!!!!!Even a jersey shore wannabe like you should be able to see that even if you disagree with Paul on 1 or 2 issues, he has brought up 6 or 7 issues no other politician would touch, that could literally save our economy and country as a whole!!!!” a consequence of not participating in politics, is you end up being governed by your inferiors” Plato

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  13. RonPaulRenaissance

    I ALREADY TOLD YOU!!!!!PEOPLE THINK HE IS NUTS FOR WANTED TO END WARS, FED, FEMA, IRS, HOMELAND SECURITY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!PEOPLE CAN’T EVEN HANDLE THAT RIGHT NOW, YOU EXPECT HIM TO JUST OUTRIGHT SAY YEP IT WAS SPECIAL INTERESTS INSIDE THE U.S GOV THAT MURDERED EVERYONE. LOOK HOW THE PEOPLE CHEERED FOR GUILIANI WHEN HE TO PAUL TO APOLOGIZE FOR SAYING WE INCITED 9/11 ATTACKS!THATS MORE THAN ANY OTHER POLITICIAN HAS EVER SAID!

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  14. RonPaulRenaissance

    He’s not a GOD, he won’t have time to solve everything. If he could End the wars, and The Federal Reserve and return us a money system actually backed by something. The profits and oppurtunities to change many other aspects of society, but they have to see that what Ron Paul talks about, Freedom, is still alive and possible. That we don’t need these wars, we dont need the fed, and then they will be more open to 9/11, chemtrails, whatever you want.

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  15. RonPaulRenaissance

    They have been spraying chemtrails since the 1950’s and no one believes or cares about it, I don’t know my opinion yet ive only watched “what in the world are they spraying”, but ending the money powers in u.s that fund these environmentally illiterate fucks like MONSANTO!!BY THE WAY GOOGLE THEM PEOPLE!!!Could at least be knocked down a peg if our president didnt hire secretary of Agriculture and many others that are loyal to Monsanto and others. Ron Paul is against all forms of corruption!

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  16. RonPaulRenaissance

    He is doing more justice to 9/11 families by stopping the false war on terror that 9/11 created than any admittance to 9/11 conspiracy could ever do. That is real action, it was ten years ago, lets get the truth out, but lets take some fucking action in the present!And that is what Ron Paul is about, we used 9/11 to create domination over middle-east. Just like we are using Libya to install government loyal to U.S, just like IRAQI president whom we put in, and the people hate!!

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  17. RonPaulRenaissance

    He warned 20+ years ago about the fed devaluing us currency. And there is a complete collapse point. In the Feds very own manual on Fractional Reserve banking there is only so far you can inflate the dollar before it fails. They have already devalued the dollar 98% since 1913, The fed was just audited and they gave 16 trillion to the banksters!!Obama and bush did that, that is what I call fraud!!!!They gave more to their friends than our entire deficit.!!!!NEXT!!!

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  18. RonPaulRenaissance

    Next?

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  19. RonPaulRenaissance

    So he has been pretend with no mainstream coverage for 30 years!!!!!If he is part of the game they give him massive attention like Obama and Perry who no one even knew who he was before media made them dieties. It goes to show you how corrupt government is, that Ron Paul has been the only one fighting for us on the floor. No to bailouts, No to wars. If he made all this money from 9/11 why would he let The Fed continuously devalue his money to where countries are strt to ditch dollar as reserve!

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  20. RonPaulRenaissance

    Once again just another personal attack, what facts did you state to support your views other than 9/11 and chemtrail Rhetoric. How can you disagree with Constitutional Foreign Policy, Sound Money, No Central Bank, No illegal income tax, no invasion of privacies of citizens like patriot act, No laws telling me what i can and can’t put in my body!! which was created to pay interest owed to Federal Reserve it hasn’t been around forever! If those are beliefs of fraud hes the first fraud in 50 yrs~

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