Ron Paul: Obama’s Interventionism Will Lead to More Undeclared Wars





by Ron Paul

President Obama last week began his second term by promising that “a decade of war is now ending.” As he spoke, the US military was rapidly working its way into another war, this time in the impoverished African country of Mali. As far as we know, the US is only providing transport and intelligence assistance to France, which initiated the intervention then immediately called Washington for back-up and funding. However, even if US involvement is limited, and, as Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said, US boots on the ground are not being considered “at this time,” this clearly is developing into another war. As usual, the mission is creeping.

Within the first week of French military action in Mali, the promise that it would be a quick operation to put down an Islamic rebel advance toward the capital was broken. France announced that it would be forced to send in thousands of troops and would need to remain far longer than the few weeks it initially claimed would be necessary.

Media questions as to whether the US has Special Operations forces, drones, or CIA paramilitary units active in Mali are unanswered by the Administration. Congress has asked few questions and demanded few answers from the president. As usual, it was not even consulted. But where does the president get the authority to become a co-combatant in French operations in Mali, even if US troops are not yet overtly involved in the attack?

How did we get to Mali? Blowback and unintended consequences played key roles. When the president decided to use the US military to attack Libya in 2011, Congress was not consulted. The president claimed that UN and NATO authority for the use of US military force were sufficient and even superior to any kind of Congressional declaration. Congress once again relinquished its authority, but also its oversight power, by remaining silent. That meant the difficult questions such as why is the action necessary, what would it entail, and what kind of unintended consequences might we see if the operation does not go exactly as planned, were neither asked nor answered.

When Gaddafi was overthrown in Libya, many fighters from Mali who had lived in Libya and been trained by Gaddafi’s military returned to their home country with sophisticated weapons and a new determination to continue their fight for independence for northern Mali. Thus the France-initiated action against Libya in 2011 led to new violence and instability in Mali that France decided it must also address. Shortly after the French attack on Mali, rebels in Algeria attacked a BP gas facility in retaliation for their government’s decision to allow foreign military to fly over Algerian territory en route to Mali. Thus the action in Mali to solve the crisis created by the prior action in Libya is turning into a new crisis in Algeria. This is the danger of interventionism and, as we saw in Vietnam more than four decades ago, it threatens to drag the US further into the conflict. And Congress is AWOL.

There is a reason why the framers of our Constitution placed the authority to declare war strictly with the Legislative Branch of government. They knew well that kings were all too willing to go to war without the consent of those who would do the killing and dying — and funding. By placing that authority in Congress, the people’s branch of government, they intended to blunt the executive branch’s enthusiasm toward overseas adventurism. The consequences of this steady erosion of our system toward the unitary executive are dire.



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  1. Yum KIPPUR is the Jewish holiday - which forgives them for all the lies that they told the proir year - and gives them a whole now lease to lie for another year.

    Also most of these people are orthodox religion both Christians and Jews - both of these tribes under their religion they promote to NOT EVOLVE ! :)

    Add that with The Bankers - The Policy Makers - and a select Few Corporatist and you get The Military Industrial Complex !

    This is why - everything in the ZIO GOV is reversed !

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  2. You're almost right, it is not even a war against anyone in particular. The special interest groups want war for profit, they do not care who or what the war is about.

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  3. You're ALL wrong! Obama is the dog shit, on the stick, I used to scrape my boots! And what a coincidence, he's the same color too!

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  4. Is Malia just an excuse for France to suck up to America over the war on Islam? (oh, sorry I mean Terror).

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  5. End the fed : /watch?v=q4zIsgAGNg8

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  6. If you're hearing this... You're the resistance.

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  7. thank you Ron Paul for giving us this information that we probably won't hear any where else!!we the people appreciate it !!

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  8. thank you Ron Paul for giving us this information that we probably won't hear any where else!!we the people appreciate it !!

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  9. Shit he could be a complete robot as long as he wasnt an imperialist.

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  10. Shit he could be a complete robot as long as he wasnt an imperialist.

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  11. Obama is a puppet, not a dictator.

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  12. because they control the lobbyists, police officers, lawyers and judges in countries like ours. So the people in countries like america are scared shitless of their fake power that they got from people giving up their powers.(Natural born rights) I mean reall it is sad. but we need more people like you to do shit. that have a clue.

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  13. I agree we need to take action.

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  14. thats what YOU want not the jews you psycho bitch

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  15. thats what YOU want not the jews you psycho bitch

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  16. Mr. Paul if your good health continues please run again in 2016. However this time you must create your own party such as the people's party or the freedom party. We will follow you Doctor. You are the past the present and our future. You Mr Paul are the redirection of our funding fathers. Thank you for all you do.
    Martin

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  17. global anything is not supported here for we not for the one world order.

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  18. Spread the truth! Use social media. It's the very reason Ron Pauls message gets out and helps educate

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  19. I shouldn't mix my anger with my emotions, my apologies.

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  20. I'm sick of it, how many more years of this oppressive regime?

    How many more innocent men, women & children have to die?

    Everyday, we lose.

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