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 It has been replaced by international entities like the United Nations and NATO, or the President himself, while ignoring the Congress.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

  • Thaddeus Kosciuszko

    Warfare merchants say gimme-gimme,
    Mr. McCain and other war cohorts—say-certainly;
    They gaze the planet for boogiemen to spank,
    The war machine donates—and says thanks.

    It was 30s-40s Ds—who joint-ventured,
    And laid the foundation of structure,
    That battled Gen. & Mr. Eisenhower;
    MICC is their creation of gargantuan power.

    But of late—it is Rs whose battlefield eyes zoom,
    Now it’s Syrian Boogiemen on the move,
    Just to be sure—I look under my bed again to see,
    The same thing is still under there—irrationality!

    Thus, I’m affected to conclude,
    That Rs and war merchants collude;
    And one-eyed wonders like Hannity,
    Foment the warmongers insanity!

    T Kosciuszko

  • Im reading both of your comments, and i agree with both of you on some points. I agree when you say that Sadam killed thousands of kurds, thats true. I am glad Sadam is gone but idk if it was worth 5000 americans, a couple trillion dollars, and many civilian lives. But thats what debate is for right? But I will say American politicians have made decisions like supporting osama bin laden in the 70s, over throwing Iran democracy, giving sadam those chemical weapons, and more. I like your principal

  • Just think critically, why are we in Syria and not other nations that contain violent dictators and crimes against humanity? Look up for info from both sides to get an idea and most of all, turn off the tv and stop listening to major media networks

  • I completely agree with you, the guy I responded too is a nutter

  • Many civilians in Iraq and Afghanistan have been killed. Its not criticizing the military but its a fact. I support the military 100% and were not just going over there and killing civilians intentionally but accidents happen. its not an insult but fact.

  • “We haven’t ‘helped’ Libya” Are there still tanks shelling civilians you lying P.O.S.?? – “a shithole backwards-ass region”… yup, anyone in a 3rd world country can go to hell, but we can profit from them. B/c the richest country in the fucking world needs MORE MONEY. “Emotion fueled”?? I hope you get hit by a car and left for dead instead of people helping you for “emotion fueled” reasons, you greedy fuck.

  • That was the RIGHTWING gov’t that did that, *fuck you* for blaming Obama. And AGAIN, does that mean we should NEVER HELP anyone in the middle east?? Not even to make up for fucking them over??? To fix the damage we’ve done?? If RP were President in 1942 we would all be speaking GERMAN today, all non-whites would be dead or slaves, and RPbots would HAPPILY trade with Nazi countries. “None of our business what they do with their country – profits are more important”.

  • Not as much as you are.

  • hello bitch 😉 certainly you will welcome the NEWS that USA gave the GREEN LIGHT to Hussain to invade Kuwait? watch?v=j8DWG9h3cIk . lol! suck a cock, genocidal obamerikan prick! down with obamerikAN REGIME! death to zion,

  • We haven’t ‘helped’ Libya, the country is just run by multiple armed militias now instead of just one. That war was a nice little earner for arms companies and a sweet testing ground for new weapons systems. Also Kuwait is a dictatorship just like the rest of them. I don’t like rightwing wars but I’m not about to advocate for emotion fueled leftwing ones either. Both are equally dangerous potential quagmires in a shithole backwards-ass region.

  • Вы не представляете сколько США зарабатывает на продажах оружия оппозиции)))

  • (omg someone still calls people ‘sheeple’ :p) So b/c we fuck them over with false (RIGHTWING) wars and puppet dictators, we should NEVER actually help them?? Ask LIBYA if we helped them!! Ask KUWAIT! Paulbots are the most selfish greedy IDIOTS ever!!!

  • So b/c we fuck them over with false (RIGHTWING) wars and puppet dictators, we should NEVER actually help them?? Ask LIBYA if we helped them!! Ask KUWAIT! Paulbots are the most selfish greedy IDIOTS ever!!!

  • As always, seemingly the only intelligent poltician in the USA who has the interest of the American people at mind, and not of oil and defence conglomerates.

  • The “Russian neighborhood interest” that Ron Paul refers to is money. Russia earns over 1 billion in arms sales to Syria. Further, the UN confirms that that Assad regime is targeting its citizens, raping women and killing children (toll is over 15,000). I would like to know Ron Paul’s sources because he is clearly misinformed.

  • You spoke my mind.

  • On top of contacting your reps, you can share this video on your facebook and email it to all your family members and friends. Don’t just look and leave if you support what Ron Paul is proposing here. All movements begin with one person. Ron Paul is one person. You are the next person if you agree. Do your part!!!

  • IF you “love” this guy, then support the guy and call your reps in the house and senate today and demand they support his proposal here! Put your actions where your mouth is people!

  • No Amber, we give them permission every day to stomp on our rights, and stomp on the rights of other sovereign countries. Its time to do something. You can email and phone your representatives that are in the house and senate every single day starting right now demanding they support Ron Paul’s proposal here. Too many people are caught up in social loafing by thinking other people are going to do it, and we don’t have to do it. That is what is ruining this country. Make a difference!!


  • Everyone needs to email, phone, AND write their representatives right now and demand this proposition by Ron Paul be supported! Email them and call them every day if you can!