Ron Paul: Declare Victory & Bring Them Home

by Ron Paul

It is not too often I am pleased by the foreign policy announcements from this administration, but last week’s announcement that the war in Iraq was in its final stage and all the troops may be home for Christmas did sound promising. I have long said that we should simply declare victory and come home. It should not have taken us nearly a decade to do so, and it was supposed to be a priority for the new administration. Instead, it will be one of the last things done before the critical re-election campaign gets into full swing. Better late than never, but, examining the fine print, is there really much here to get excited about? Are all of our men and women really coming home, and is Iraq now to regain its sovereignty? And in this time of economic crisis, are we going to stop hemorrhaging money in Iraq? Sadly, it doesn’t look that way.

First and foremost, any form of withdrawal that is happening is not simply because the administration realized it was the right thing to do. This is not the fulfillment of a campaign promise, or because suddenly the training of their police and military is complete and Iraq is now safe and secure, but because of disagreements with the new government over a Status of Forces Agreement (SOFA). The current agreement was set up by the previous administration to expire at the end of 2011. Apparently the Iraqis refused to allow continued immunity from prosecution for our forces for any crimes our soldiers might commit on Iraqi soil. Can you imagine having foreign soldiers here, with immunity from our laws and Constitution, with access to your neighborhood?

Some 39,000 American troops will supposedly be headed home by the end of the year. However, the US embassy in Iraq, which is the largest and most expensive in the world, is not being abandoned. Upwards of 17,000 military personnel and private security contractors will remain in Iraq to guard diplomatic personnel, continue training Iraqi forces, maintain “situational awareness” and other functions. This is still a significant American footprint in the country. And considering that a private security contractor costs the US taxpayer about three times as much as a soldier, we’re not going to see any real cost savings. Sadly, these contractors are covered under diplomatic immunity, meaning the Iraqi people will not get the accountability that they were hoping for.

While I applaud the spirit of this announcement – since all our troops should come home from overseas – I have strong reservations about any actual improvements in the situation in Iraq, since plans are already being made to increase the number of troops in surrounding regions. What we really need is a new foreign policy and there is no indication that that is what we have gotten. On the contrary, the administration fully intends to keep troops in Iraq, indefinitely, under a new agreement, while the Iraqis are doing their best to assert their sovereignty and kick us out. Neither are we going to be saving any significant amount of money. My greatest fear, however, is that this troop withdrawal from Iraq will simply pave the way for more endless, wasteful, needless wars.


  • Paul Heidebreicht

    On Cain’s page I could only post in comments too. At least here I am not verbally assaulted.

  • Paul Heidebreicht

    Can I only post in comments?

  • Occupy USA – Bring All Troops Home – Ron Paul

    Florida will be a challenge – they make their own rules

  • David Carlin
  • John Kanash

    “The notion of a rigid separation between church and state has no basis in either the text of the Constitution or the writings of our Founding Fathers. On the contrary, our Founders’ political views were strongly informed by their religious beliefs. Certainly the drafters of the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution, both replete with references to God, would be aghast at the federal government’s hostility to religion.”

  • Karen Matisz

    ESPECIALLY since it was just released that a supporter of Romney just “happened” to take over Cain’s position as Pres of the Rest. Association when Cain left. Now what was that about sexual harrassment and who released it? (/sarc)

  • Hoyt Brown

    You know Ron Paul is running third even though the main stream media will say nothing of that. Romney will crash and burn in the south. Cain is already in the self destruct mode. This thing might just turn Ron Paul real quick.

  • William Pirlot

    Erin Sloane what is it that you don’t like about Rand?

  • Phil Temple

    It’s a shame when our media tries to influence the public with their personal views.What ever happened to factual and impartial news?I miss Walter Cronkite.

  • Brian Wade

    FOX News put up a presidential poll and DIDN’T include Ron Paul….let’s send them a message and click “other”

    Poll on the right side of page:

  • Erin Sloane

    Do you think you could talk to your son, I don’t like him!

  • John Kanash
  • Sean Tantalo

    @bobby….Ya would like to see a link for that

  • Mactek

    After spending some time learning about Islam critically, I have decided that I must reject a complete pacifist approach as Dr. Paul suggests. I initially agreed with his views for quite a while, but as chance would have it, I started investigating that Islam. I can tell you it is NOT like a Judeo-Christian heritage. It’s not like Buddhism or Hinduism either.

    Muslims, as a matter of their doctrine, must take the Qu’ran in the literal sense. Their are no allegories or concept of following the “spirit” of the law. It’s specific language… and can be very violent.

    In Islam, there is a doctrine of abrogation. Many rules and commandments in the Qur’an can be found to contradict each other several times over the course of Muhammad’s 23 year reign. Abrogation says that you must always take the last commandment chronologically given when conflicting statements are found. This is also why they say Islam replaces Jewish and Christian doctrines. Unfortunately, most of the peaceful parts of the Qur’an came at the beginning of Muhammad’s time and became progressively more violent as he accumulated power.

    Following the rules and commandments in Islam, of which there are countless, is a deadly serious business for all Muslims as their adherents directly impacts whether Allah allows them to enter heaven or enter hell when they die. For them, life is a weighted scale. All the good deeds as directed by the doctrine minus all the sins (not following the rules). If you’re a good Muslim, you might be allowed into heaven at Allah’s whim. Of course, throughout your life, you’ll never know beforehand how the scale balances. There is no certainty of a pleasant after-life. That is unless you martyr yourself in the cause of jihad. Only then heaven is guaranteed.

    Where radicalization is concerned, appearing weak actually encourages attacks. These aren’t sane people. If you recall, the Danish cartoon of Muhammad had been published for four months until the publisher decided to apologize. Then all the riots broke out. It was seen as a weakness.

    We may pay a larger price for appearing as if we are turning tail to run home.

    I feel very sympathetic towards Muslims because they are in an impossible situation. Their religious ideology holds very little in the way of spiritual understanding and can’t give much peace of mind. They are to submit to Allah’s will as his servants… period.

  • Julie Marquez
  • Davia La’noir Celeste

    Really Bobby? I havnt seen that yet…..please share a link 🙂

  • Bobby Judkins

    Bye Cain …Ron now #1

  • McKGraKucPauNad

    bring them home


    keep them home

    signed navy vets

  • tomert

    check out this really inspiring analysis of Ron Paul’s approach towards Israel that was published yesterday on a Jewish portal named World of Judaica:

  • dawid

    Veterans Day Money Bomb on 11/11/11. Ron Paul 2012!