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 It has been replaced by international entities like the United Nations and NATO, or the President himself, while ignoring the Congress.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

  • Thank you Dr. Paul

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    Франция, Германия, Турция и Эмираты финансируют “Аль Каеду” и хотят воцарения шариата.
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    Скоро шариат будет у вас дома.
    Ваша лживая пропаганда скрывает правду.

  • stfu you are a troll.

  • remember that time when Germany killed millions of jews? america is looking more and more like that now. wake the fuck up you brain washed idiots.

  • You are a hero Dr. Ron Paul!


  • Bravo, Dr. Paul! When did the notion of American greatness change from a peaceful, trading republic to a tyrannical government, aggressive abroad and despotic at home, always exercising its’ presence by means of military might?

  • AYE

  • the amount of stupidity in this post is so big. I’M EXACTLY SAYING THAT AMERICA SHOULD LEAVE US ALONE.

  • All of those in congress know he is right but don’t have the balls to stand up for themselves or their constituents.

    Sad…we need more Ron Pauls out there.

    President Paul next January.

  • A revolution will happen in America if Mitt or Barrack win the election. Period.

  • More people should listen to Dr. Ron Paul. He is by far the smartest and best the American government has to offer.

  • were already in bankrupt

  • this guy is right on the money every time.

  • GOOGLE ‘Syrian rebels tried to get me killed’ an article by a British Channel 4 Journalist that states the REBELS are killing people and blaming it on Assads army to encourage support for a war in which they will seize power – then read ‘Syria conflict – the truth’ facebook page for more info on the reasons US are assisting the rebels. Assad has needed to use brutal action against ARMED rebels (armed by the US) who are murdering civilians and blaming it on Assad to gain support for war.

  • GOOGLE ‘Syrian rebels tried to get me killed’ its an article by a british Channel 4 Journalist in the Guardian newspaper that states categorically that it is the REBELS that are killing people and blaming it on Assad to encourage support for their bid to seize power – then read ‘Syria conflict – the truth’ facebook page for more info on the REAL reasons America is aiding and abetting these rebel forces

  • the “Neo-Cons” Dr Paul ??? who, like Mitt Romney ??? who your son just came out in support of ??, tell us why Rand is supporting Romney ??? i love you Ron, im a Army vet and fought in the war in Iraq, and I’ve always supported you !!!, I’m mad !!, tell us what the hell you son is thinking !!!, you need to re-affirm your message to us, i fear your supporters are just as mad as me., Keep up the great work, and tell Rand to get his head screwed on right again and don’t pull that shit again !!!

  • ron is right…again…!!

  • That is a VERY solid challenge Ron just Issued. I can see why he might be slipping out of the presidential campaign, perhaps it is a distraction from pushing these kinds of strong moralities forward onto congress.

  • Ron Paul should be President

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