Ron Paul to Warmongers: Leave Syria Alone!

Ron Paul: Plans, rumors, and war propaganda for attacking Syria and deposing Assad have been around for many months.

This past week however, it was reported that the Pentagon indeed has finalized plans to do just that. In my opinion, all the evidence to justify this attack is bogus. It is no more credible than the pretext given for the 2003 invasion of Iraq or the 2011 attack on Libya.

The total waste of those wars should cause us to pause before this all-out effort at occupation and regime change is initiated against Syria.

There are no national security concerns that require such a foolish escalation of violence in the Middle East. There should be no doubt that our security interests are best served by completely staying out of the internal strife now raging in Syria.

We are already too much involved in supporting the forces within Syria anxious to overthrow the current government. Without outside interference, the strife—now characterized as a civil war—would likely be non-existent.

Whether or not we attack yet another country, occupying it and setting up a new regime that we hope we can control poses a serious Constitutional question: From where does a president get such authority?

Since World War II the proper authority to go to war has been ignored. It has been replaced by international entities like the United Nations and NATO, or the President himself, while ignoring the Congress. And sadly, the people don’t object.

Our recent presidents explicitly maintain that the authority to go to war is not the U.S. Congress. This has been the case since 1950 when we were taken into war in Korea under UN Resolution and without Congressional approval.

And once again, we are about to engage in military action against Syria and at the same time irresponsibly reactivating the Cold War with Russia. We’re now engaged in a game of “chicken” with Russia which presents a much greater threat to our security than does Syria.

How would we tolerate Russia in Mexico demanding a humanitarian solution to the violence on the U.S.-Mexican border? We would consider that a legitimate concern for us. But, for us to be engaged in Syria, where the Russian have a legal naval base, is equivalent to the Russians being in our backyard in Mexico.

We are hypocritical when we condemn Russian for protecting their neighborhood interests for exactly what we have been doing ourselves, thousands of miles away from our shores. There’s no benefit for us to be picking sides, secretly providing assistance and encouraging civil strife in an effort to effect regime change in Syria.

Falsely charging the Russians with supplying military helicopters to Assad is an unnecessary provocation. Falsely blaming the Assad government for a so-called massacre perpetrated by a violent warring rebel faction is nothing more than war propaganda.

Most knowledgeable people now recognize that the planned war against Syria is merely the next step to take on the Iranian government, something the neo-cons openly admit.

Controlling Iranian oil, just as we have done in Saudi Arabia and are attempting to do in Iraq, is the real goal of the neo-conservatives who have been in charge of our foreign policy for the past couple of decades.

War is inevitable without a significant change in our foreign policy, and soon. Disagreements between our two political parties are minor. Both agree the sequestration of any war funds must be canceled. Neither side wants to abandon our aggressive and growing presence in the Middle East and South Asia.

This crisis building can easily get out of control and become a much bigger war than just another routine occupation and regime change that the American people have grown to accept or ignore.

It’s time the United States tried a policy of diplomacy, seeking peace, trade, and friendship. We must abandon our military effort to promote and secure an American empire.

Besides, we’re broke, we can’t afford it, and worst of all, we’re fulfilling the strategy laid out by Osama bin Laden whose goal had always been to bog us down in the Middle East and bring on our bankruptcy here at home.

It’s time to bring our troops home and establish a non-interventionist foreign policy, which is the only road to peace and prosperity.

This week I am introducing legislation to prohibit the Administration, absent a declaration of war by Congress, from supporting — directly or indirectly — any military or paramilitary operations in Syria. I hope my colleagues will join me in this effort.

957 Comments:

  1. Keep in mind that Ron Paul is not running for presidency since he already knows that he cannot become president so long the political establishment doesn’t let him. He just want to spread his message, open the eyes & make the people of American realize.

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  2. I just don’t understand how our “elected officials” can be so stupid. why doesn’t anyone just man the fuck up and back Ron Paul, they all know hes right.

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  3. Ron Paul is the only american representative I would trust with control of the military.

    The rest of the candidates/and obama are made men and too willing to jump into wars all over the place….. let people sort their own shit out….

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  4. ron paul is more than the President,he is a icon for peace,enlightenment,and liberty for all.
    romney and obama can NEVER do what this man did ever if they had all the time in the world.

    ron paul is a leader, the rest are dictators.

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  5. You cannot refute Dr. Paul’s argument with reason. Thanks Ron, too bad the numbskulls in DC could care less about the ramifications of their votes.

    We love you.

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  6. thats what we need in this country honesty

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  7. Maybe that’s because people are reading the transcript, since the video isn’t working.

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  8. Absolutely nowhere did he endorse Assad. Also, he didn’t blame the FSA. There are many disparate armed groups operating in Syria, not just the FSA. Two independent reports have been done on Houla, one by a leading German newspaper and another by Russian journalists. Both reports discovered that extremist armed groups committed the massacre. All of the blame put on the Assad regime was borne out of a complete lack of evidence. One of BBC’s editors came out a few days ago and said just that.

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  9. 3:40 He just admitted Iraq was a war for Oil.

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  10. Spread the truth as much as you can and never be discouraged or afraid to stand up for whats right, that’s exactly how tyrannical governments stay in power. The government can’t stop the American people if we unite under liberty. Besides, the people who fly the drones are Americans too.

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  11. us govt has overthrown Egypt, Libya, Iraq, sudan..attempted Syria, Yemen, Bahrain and will attempt Iran…CIA is funding their created mercenary group al qaiada to help overthrow these countries for not conforming to new world order banking policies…media propaganda is working overtime…

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  12. Jesus Christ. What a fuckin batshit old kook. He claims to support Liberty yet supports the most heinous and bloodthirsty of despots. It’s possible to oppose intervention without endorsing mass murderers. Paul opts for the latter. I like how he blames the Houla Massacre on the FSA without bothering to provide the slightest warrant for that claim. To hell with Ron Paul.

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  13. Don’t give up, that is admitting defeat before even attempting to change.

    Run for some kind of office, be it very local or even state. If you don’t have the time, volunteer time to liberty minded candidates and network within your community.

    We can sit here and complain that those that are trying to make a change are unsuccessful and bicker about the mountain we must climb, or we can join those and actually make the change.

    Personally, I’ve done the latter, you can decide which path you take

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  14. Pray, fast, & don’t give up. This might sound trite, but it’s true: there’s no force in the universe greater than LOVE & PRAYER. There are many stories in history of great armies being miraculously defeated this way. For a recent example, look up the 1986 revolution in the Phillipines. They didn’t face drones, but the reality is the same: no matter what weapons & equipment our enemies have, GOD is greater, & the weapons HE has given US (Prayer, Fasting & Love) are infinitely greater! :)

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  15. “What can we possibly do? For every new RP supporter we get, another two idiots are born.” Many Americans don’t even vote, especially in Congressional Elections. But RP supporters with help of tea party have been already electing the right leaders into Congress. Watch Liberty movement gradually replacing corrupt politicians over the next few years.

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  16. Yeah this man could never be President. He makes too much sense. He’s too honest. He believes in freedom. He promotes and supports the constitution. He used to be in the military (that automatically disqualifies him to lead us in a time of possible war). He believes in diplomacy. He actually says things that are informative and real, not just fluttery political ass-kissing like Mitt Romney. Yep, he’d never make it as president, he’s too good for it.

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  17. hopefully the euro crashes before a new war

    our “bundespräsident” is speaking of more involvement of german troops in foreign assignments I think he is talking about syria…… -_-

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