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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159 Comments:

  1. Every white country in Europe is being flooded with millions of non whites.

    Its GENOCIDE via massive non white immigration and assimilation into All white countries.

    All white leaders and Anti whites like you support this.

    Asia will remain Asian.

    50+ Black countries will remain Black.

    Tell me Anti White… Why do you support a blended humanity in All white countries?

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  2. Surprise, Surprise, France gets 80% of its Uranium from Mali. Hmm, I’m sure that’s just a coincidence. Oh and last week Al CIA duh issued a threat to the US and France. Well I guess we better run there and FUCK Mali up then! Are we really that damn easy? How many patterns does it take before the people see a pattern. It’s a wealth and power grab in a steady march to tyranny! I suppose anyone that realizes that is the new terrorists! LMAO!! Oh wait, isn’t that what a West Point study just stated?

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  3. I love when white people try to be the victimized minority. Yes those poor disenfranchised minority whites. roflol

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  4. Just let the French take care of it

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  5. So you are a troll, so what?

    Or are you calling Ron Paul a troll?

    Because I know you can’t be refering to me if you are trying to make that statement with any logical basis.

    Because what is so “troll” about stating absolute FACTS?

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  6. So you are a troll, so what?

    Or are you calling Ron Paul a troll?

    Because I know you can’t be refering to me if you are trying to make that statement with any logical basis.

    Because what is so “troll” about stating absolute FACTS?

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  7. As I’ve said before anti-White, I don’t use the r-word as it is highly offensive anti-White HATE TERMINOLOGY from the Soviet Union.

    Do you also ask black people if they are the n-word?

    Or are you just anti-White?

    Anti-racism is a codeword for anti-White.

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  8. The only race problem is people who think they’re better than people that look different than them. Please. Go make your pure white country that you want. I sincerely do not want you here in our United States. Does it make no difference to you that this country was founded upon the principle that ‘All men are created equal’? And yet you still have the audacity? I’m sorry. I don’t know what to say.

    #RonPaulForever

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  9. I don’t use the r-word as it is highly offensive anti-White HATE TERMINOLOGY from the Soviet Union, associated with the GENOCIDE of 60 million of my people, White people.

    Why are you using HATE TERMINOLOGY anti-White?

    Anti-racism is a codeword for anti-White

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  10. So…you’re a racist?

    I’m white (I think), but skin color means nothing to me. The fact that you believe there is a difference AND you believe yourself and your fellow racists are better than people that look different than you sickens me. I don’t get seriously angry often, but when I do, it’s because of white supremacists.

    Vote up if you agree that people like this are the reason we need to fix our mental health system.

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  11. Yea there are plenty of areas to stat the war domino again. They flooded China since Nixon with money and infrastructure. They are the new America, and will naturally look to maintiain the growth anyway possible like we were forced to do. The assault/gun fiasco is another tier of our decline that is scheduled. So by them squeezing all involved the result will be war once again. I see very little resistance anywhere. Most just will do what their gov’t tells them. Its cool to be a part of a lie.

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  12. Ron Paul Jesse Venturra 2016 wake up America your being brainwashed lol morons

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  13. :) :) we all know he’s worse then Bush already :)

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  14. :) :) we all know he’s worse then Bush already :)

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  15. Robin,

    “No, Fein says because of psychological tyranny no one will do anything regarding the impeachment issue”

    Okay, this is what I thought I’ve heard. So I guess that it means that it would be possible and correct to do an impeachment , but… no one will do it. Good Lord! This country is going deeper and deeper in the rat hole.

    I agree 100% with you. The more people are educated (high school degrees), the dummest they become. This is what was Charlotte Iserby was talking about: “The deliberate dumbing down of America”. These people have drank so much propaganda through their college years , that their minds have petrified.

    I much prefer people who educated themselves (self education) and who are open to all perspectives of things. Scholars are usely just so full of themselves, think their so smart, but the reality is that they can hardly tie their shoes.

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  16. People say there is a RACE problem. People say this RACE problem will be solved when the third world pours into EVERY and ONLY into white countries.
    People say the only solution to the RACE problem is if EVERY and ONLY white countries “assimilate,” i.e., intermarry, with all those non-whites
    But if I tell the truth about the ongoing program of genocide against White people, Anti-Whites agree that Iam anaziwhowantstokillsixmillionjews.
    Anti-racist is a code word for anti-white
    Northwest Front.org

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  17. Its really fucking scary, i agree. With Hillary you get an entrenched global elite. With Kerry you get the same, but you get a different level of competency as well. That on top of him being an experienced imperial torturer does NOT bode well for us. Look for WWIII to jump off very soon im sad to say. The conflict bewteen Japan and China is just the starting line. I hope im wrong, but it doesnt seem likely. I pray for us all.

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  18. ron paul would never be elected because if you believe voting means anything you’re a retard

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