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 It has been replaced by international entities like the United Nations and NATO, or the President himself, while ignoring the Congress.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

  • obama’s the man

  • the people who call him crazy are the ones who support romney and santorum so what does that tell ya?

  • Yes Dr Paul you are right agin but the lazy old people of America won’t turn on a computer and look for the right information. They would rather turn on the tv and swallow any BS that the news feeds them. People are to afraid of change to remove the current failure that calls himself commander and chief. Being a new father I wish you could take control of this train wreck of a country and steer it back in the right direction for all of our children’s sake.

  • You said “foundi­ng fathers never said not to meddle in the affairs of other countries” I showed you they did

  • Nemonucliosos: LOL!

  • As an Aussie it’s my dream to see America pursue a foreign policy of peace, trade and friendship as Congressman Ron Paul succinctly states it. Unfortunately our leaders (non elected) continue to blindly play follow the leader with their big brother across the Atlantic. Allies are only good to follow if they’re good. Isn’t the term “neo- cons” simply the PC name for the zionist and extremely influential Israeli Lobby – amongst other groups?


  • It is just to bad Ron Paul will never be President why must America be so war like it is true we must stay number one on the fighting field But how ever we must stop going into places like Syria sad to see it go so fare in Syria but is it are country hand at work in Syria making things so bad there?

  • So wheres your quote to support your claims? cause I see his quotes right there.

  • Guess what as an american currently dealing with an economy on the brink of collapsing.. I DONT GIVE A FUCK about how bad some other country in the middle of a shitty zone is doing. Once my country can AFFORD to help people once again…im all about it. Id also like every american to have 1 million dollars wouldnt that be nice? guess what CANT AFFORD IT

  • the downfall of syria is the demolition of u.s/west supported tyrannies? my friend, this is far more widespread than that.

  • interesting words. however, i would disagree with this notion that any war is unjust. Remember, that the US did not singlehandedly overthrow Britain. Imperial France supplied our nation with arms, and fought against the british. Why? because they liked us?

  • That there lies the problem. He is honest and wants the best for this nation, for the reason of being for the best of this nation and not for personal goal. Its sickening how he is demonized and ignored when he is for the best of this nation by follwing the constitution. But, people cant make money off him, i.e. the special interest groups. The media is a joke how they played into this.

  • If this is what you understood from what I said then I truly believe that you are either a propagandist or a retard.

  • Your a fool to think that your knowledge of syria is even an atom compared to mine.

  • Sadly, OBL is close to achieving operational victory. His first goal was to draw us into a conflict that would eventually bleed and bankrupt us into permanent withdrawal from the Middle East. The Iraq War was the first step in that direction and we charged right into the red cape of the matador Bin Laden following 9/11. Two other goals – the destruction of U.S. and Western-supported Muslim tyrannies and the eventual destruction of Israel – are closer to fruition thanks to the Arab “Spring”.

  • don’t get those new dishwashers

  • Rubbish. It is the likes of people like you who are responsible for the troubles this world is now facing. You interfere in other countries politics and moan when it comes back to bite you in the arse. Israel is a nation that needs to start “getting along” with its neighbours instead of instilling fear and threats.

  • Well, Obama didn’t close Guantanamo, he passed the NDAA… in many cases he has continued or even extended Bush’s policies. Is he a neocon? No. But he’s just as bad.

  • You are not quoting the US Constitution. I told you to read the Constitution. Hamilton and Washington did not follow Jefferson’s vision. Why should the nation now follow him? You can cherry pick all sorts of quotes from the founding fathers to support just about any possible position including socialism.

  • Ron Paul WILL NOT be ALLOWED (think about that in the scheme of SO CALLED democracy) to win I live in Australia and the media empire seems to be championing Mit Wrong Knee. There is NO SALVATION in the political system in ANY country, it’s all corrupt, even as i write this Google is watching us. Ron is the obvious choice but because the Media controls public opinion he doesn’t stand a chance. WW3 is about to start and America will be bought low so that the NWO CAN RULE. War with China soon 4 USA