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.


  • the constitution has no legal authority, what is it? it’s 4 pieces of paper. It could be a contract…but it wasn’t signed. Nobody signed it….it has no one backing it. Even if it did….just for the sake of argument….it wouldn’t cover anyone but those who wrote it. This is the flaw.

  • Ron Paul would never be elected because he doesn’t play the game. doesn’t matter how smart, knowledgeable, and honest he may be, the powers that be will not give him the dignity he deseves because he wants to collapse the whole corrupt system of frauds and knaves. Iceland did exactly what RP preaches and they are recovering very well.

  • hahaha

  • Thank you Ron. These are grim times. The fact that so many cant wake up makes it even more bizzarre. Best wishes always to you and your family and thank you for all you do.

  • Honestly not to be rude but not all Jew’s are bad people…..

  • robin

    French Canadian, My reply got lost in the other thread. No, Fein says because of psychological tyranny no one will do anything regarding the impeachment issue. I’ve been having a discussion with someone I know who is a progressive liberal, and although she believes she is extremely informed will not look at anything that appears out of the official narrative. She’s an engineer and believes she is simply being objective and not “irrational” by buying into all these conspiracy theories. I sent her the new 9/11 put out by the many professionals who felt ethical responsible to question what happened. At first she did not want to even look at it, but then I questioned whether she was open minded and would approach it as an engineer would, she said she’d watch it but to warn me that she probably would disagree with what they had to say. Here is an example of someone who learned the scientific method and inquiry, but does not practice it. We debated then about Global Warming, but she is completely brainwashed and I’ve found the higher people go in their education, often the more indoctrinated they become. They can’t see the obvious. Global Warming is just bad science and about an agenda. When dogma comes into science, it is no longer science.

    • robin

      Ben is suppose to post that interview with Gary Garrow on Tuesday, so I will post afterwards…

      • French Canadian

        Thanks Robin… anxious to see it.

  • “The Democratic Party will clearly be divided by 2016” Interested in what facts you base this OPINION on……..

  • It’s not about race you fucking loser! Get off and do your own thing. Stop piggybacking our cause. Ron paul is aabout noninterventionism, not taking sides against Jews. Go get laid or something, come back when you can love humanity instead of hating it

  • It’s not about race you fucking loser! Get off and do your own thing. Stop piggybacking our cause. Ron paul is aabout noninterventionism, not taking sides against Jews. Go get laid or something, come back when you can love humanity instead of hating it

  • stop the JEW(NEW)WORLD ORDER

  • Actually, Yom Kippur is not the day they’re forgiven for their sins, but the day a new chapter is written.

    It’s quite the opposite of what you’re stating, in fact. Yom Kippur is actually the day where that chapter of our life is solidified, as we begin a new one.

    I can’t speak for Ben Bernanke or lord Rothschild, but I can speak for myself as a Jew when explaining the beliefs and holidays of my people.

  • The Democratic Party will clearly be divided by 2016 and hope the anti war half of it supports Dennis Kucinich for President who has been preaching the same message Dr. Paul has when it comes to foerign policy.

  • Ron paul….the greatest president there never was.

  • He’s just a troll; don’t waste your time. I just saw him refer to Ron Paul as a globalist on a completely separate video and topic.

  • Everything Obama says is a lie. I think he has mental issues.

  • Troll

  • Have you ever served in the military? If you haven’t, feel free to enlist cause we’re always involved in a war and we need to get brave men like you at the fore front on the war on terror…..

  • Yea hold a sign at the supershow about 911. I bet they would hurt that person too. Many know 911 isnt real, but so many are committed to being ‘cool’ that they dont look into it anymore. In fact, I would say that its rejected today more than ever. The other stuff you said is plausable in a world of deception now humming right along. Peace is just a mindgame in this time. Programmed to reject anything they dont understand.

  • Another Palpatine, no telling how ‘the opposite’ of cool this will be. He is confirmed Imperialist by his record. I love the old footage of him rapping on about how we used telephones to torture in Nam. Yup, that was a real humdinger of a just war….NOT!!! Just a distraction to remove the shackles of the gold standard. What for?So they can make contstant war everywhere since.

  • People dont come any dumber than you man