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 It has been replaced by international entities like the United Nations and NATO, or the President himself, while ignoring the Congress.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.

  • Not what I’m talking about. However, seeing you asked in such an inltelligent way I’ll explain. For decades it’s been apparent to enlightened groups around the world (no not governments who come and go and say anything just to stay in power) No I mean the scientific community, interlectuals and anaylists who warn us of unsustainable population growth & pending Doom!. Appart from China no other government has solutions.. Intervidual governments can never aggree, it takes A ONE WORLD GOVERNMENT

  • “Diplomacy?” Isn’t that just another name for smiling while delivering bad news? I’d call that ‘deceitful’…”Intelligence?” Nixon’s IQ was 130 where did that take us? So ‘irrelevant …”Morality?” AKA ‘self righteous’. JFK never had it, yet he motivated the nation more than any President in our times….”Resolve?” Goes without saying for everybody, don’t you think? …So your real question is “How can we explain the mess we are in?”…In two words: OVER POPOULATION the 2 words you cannot say

  • Simply Ron Paul is telling Congress stop wasting our money on wars that don’t make richer and it doesn’t improve the lives of the local citizens of the countries we invade. Look at Iraq, Afghanistan, and Libya, what is the gain for us Americans and what did those nations gain? We lost our soldiers and our money, and they lost their lives and infrastructures. In Syria it is clear now, there are terrorists groups funded by my nations including the US to cause a governmental change in Syria.


  • Wow love the argument. It was very convincing 🙂

  • SAM STEIN: “Are you on Social Security. Do you get Social Security checks?”
    RON PAUL: “I do.”

  • You are right we are risking WWIII however Ron Pauls approach to foreign policy sounds kind of like Chamberlain diplomacy. Ron Pauls defense of Assads actions are over the top, his failure to recognize the geo political consequences of allowing Iran unfettered access to the Med is simplistic and moralistic appealing only to those unaware of the true stakes. Finally Syrian rebels are primarily supported by Gulf States and Turkey not the US. Chamberlain style diplomacy will not stop the coming war

  • “Without outside interference – civil war would likely be non-existent” . . . He’s either fucking STUPID or a fucking ASSHOLE. The only way civil war would be “non-existent” is if Assad was given Carte Blanche to KILL whoever he WANTED – which is what RP WANTS to give him. RP doesn’t give a SHIT about women and children being shot at with artillery – b/c apparently the richest fucking country in the WORLD is NOT RICH ENOUGH.

  • If we followed what our finding fathers said, don’t meddle in the affairs of other countries. Trade and be friendly with ALL countries. Then 9/11 would have never happened and we wouldn’t be in the messy wars that are costing trillions.

  • Surfisher

    FEMA camps will be located in each and every state – three to fifteen each (according to their population)!

    FEMA has ORDERED 100,000+ Boxcars With Chain Shackles (this calculates to about 15 Million Iron Shackles)!

    Unless Dr Paul wins — who do you think will occupy these FEMA Concentration Camps, other than the 15+ Millions of the Real Americans that support him (all True Americans will be “voluntarily” sent there in iron shackles)!?!

    Ron Paul to WIN — or America to END 2012!
    (there are no other options!)

  • Thought you said you’re American! Aha, another Assad thug online. Anyway, to clear things up for your retarded brain, I’m writing you down this comment while enjoying my Heineken. Nothing more to enlighten you about.

  • You’re pathetic.

  • Righty. Keep your bucks in your pocket then. But you know, what goes up, must come down. We’re talking humanity here!

  • You are. Only where oil is there.

  • Seems like you’ve brainwashed quite properly.G. W. Bush said that to make you pay more taxes and extend your wars. However, no one is asking your government to negotiate with Syrian opposition. We just need you to shut up if you cannot help. By the way, what gives you the right to say ‘From The Heart Of The Castle Of Freedom’ while I cannot say that in my country!

  • Thank u man, you know that the italians, like the others people of the world are following the usa elections, so for us is a pleasure understand the words of this great man 😀

  • hes right we sit back and let these crimals misrepresent us around the world and we havent done anything to stop it…voting them out doesnt work..we just keep going in the vicious circle…we need to take our country back..but how is the question…

  • these sentiments, though shared by over 70% of America, will go unnnoticed.

  • so world peace in your eyes is framing a country then destroying its government just for stealing its lands and then moving on to steal the next country? your talking about peace allright peace of crap like you

  • Surfisher

    10 million Strong Americans need to descent on Tampa and take the nomination for Ron Paul!

    If there was a “Million Men March” on DC (to ask for what they thought was right) we can have a 10 Million Men, Women and Children March on Tampa — to demand what we KNOW is RIGHT!

    No more playing nice with these criminals in power!

  • Hahaha! Imagination is a requirement? Yeah, I want my leader to be delusional. I’m sure diplomacy, intelligence, morality, resolve, or integrity aren’t requirements of being a leader, right? That would explain the mess we are in.