Ron Paul: Iraq Collapse Shows Bankruptcy of Interventionism





by Ron Paul

May was Iraq’s deadliest month in nearly five years, with more than 1,000 dead – both civilians and security personnel — in a rash of bombings, shootings and other violence. As we read each day of new horrors in Iraq, it becomes more obvious that the US invasion delivered none of the promised peace or stability that proponents of the attack promised.

Millions live in constant fear, refugees do not return home, and the economy is destroyed. The Christian community, some 1.2 million persons before 2003, has been nearly wiped off the Iraqi map. Other minorities have likewise disappeared. Making matters worse, US support for the Syrian rebels next door has drawn the Shi’ite-led Iraqi government into the spreading regional unrest and breathed new life into extremist elements.

The invasion of Iraq opened the door to Al-Qaeda in Iraq, which did not exist beforehand, while simultaneously strengthening the hand of Iran in the region. Were the “experts” who planned for and advocated the US attack really this incompetent?

Ryan Crocker, who was US Ambassador to Iraq from 2007-2009, still speaks of the Iraqi “surge” as a great reconciliation between Sunni and Shi’ite in Iraq. He wrote recently that “[t]hough the United States has withdrawn its troops from Iraq, it retains significant leverage there. Iraqi forces were equipped and trained by Americans, and the country’s leaders need and expect our help.” He seems alarmingly out of touch with reality.

It is clear now that the “surge” and the “Iraqi Awakening” were just myths promoted by those desperate to put a positive spin on the US invasion, which the late General William Odom once called, “the greatest strategic disaster in American history.” Aircraft were loaded with $100 dollar bills to pay each side to temporarily stop killing US troops and each other, but the payoff provided a mere temporary break. Shouldn’t the measure of success of a particular policy be whether it actually produces sustained positive results?

Now we see radical fighters who once shot at US troops in Iraq have spilled into Syria, where they ironically find their cause supported by the US government! Some of these fighters are even greeted by visiting US senators.

The US intervention in Iraq has created ever more problems. That is clear. The foreign policy “experts” who urged the US attack on Iraq now claim that the disaster they created can only be solved with more interventionism! Imagine a medical doctor noting that a particular medication is killing his patient, but to combat the side effect he orders an increase in dosage of the same medicine. Like this doctor, the US foreign policy establishment is guilty of malpractice. And, I might add, this is just what the Fed does with monetary policy.

From Iraq to Libya to Mali to Syria to Afghanistan, US interventions have an unbroken record of making matters far worse. Yet regardless of the disasters produced, for the interventionists a more aggressive US foreign policy is the only policy they offer.

We must learn the appropriate lessons from the disaster of Iraq. We cannot continue to invade countries, install puppet governments, build new nations, create centrally-planned economies, engage in social engineering, and force democracy at the barrel of a gun. The rest of the world is tired of US interventionism and the US taxpayer is tired of footing the bill for US interventionism. It is up to all of us to make it very clear to the foreign policy establishment and the powers that be that we have had enough and will no longer tolerate empire-building. We should be more confident in ourselves and stop acting like an insecure bully.



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  1. lol, targeting political groups, unconstitutional severance programs on both American and foreign citizens, US senators meeting with the people the severance guys claim to be protecting us from? o but when a former NSA compromises and endangers security, o we got to persecute him.

    You can't make this shit up.

    Well you can and any conspiracy theorists that did try are looking more and more credible by the minute.

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  2. lol, targeting political groups, unconstitutional severance programs on both American and foreign citizens, US senators meeting with the people the severance guys claim to be protecting us from? o but when a former NSA compromises and endangers security, o we got to persecute him.

    You can't make this shit up.

    Well you can and any conspiracy theorists that did try are looking more and more credible by the minute.

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  3. lol, targeting political groups, unconstitutional severance programs on both American and foreign citizens, US senators meeting with the people the severance guys claim to be protecting us from? o but when a former NSA compromises and endangers security, o we got to persecute him.

    You can't make this shit up.

    Well you can and any conspiracy theorists that did try are looking more and more credible by the minute.

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  4. lol, targeting political groups, unconstitutional severance programs on both American and foreign citizens, US senators meeting with the people the severance guys claim to be protecting us from? o but when a former NSA compromises and endangers security, o we got to persecute him.

    You can't make this shit up.

    Well you can and any conspiracy theorists that did try are looking more and more credible by the minute.

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  5. I voted for Dr. Paul for president in 1988, 2008 and 2012. You're the best, also what I call the low overhead Congressman. All should vote against all foreign aid. We miss you in Congress but who can blame you for getting out of D.C. (District of Corruption). Thank you Dr. Paul. Vote Rand Paul / Ted Cruz 2016.

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  6. Thanks again.

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  7. Thanks again.

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  8. I also would like to thank Dr. Paul for his constant effort to help educate the brainwashed public. I listen to this EVERY week and I wish that I could take my standing orders from this true patriot. I wish we could have the chance to vote for him in 2016. Obama needs to be impeached immediately

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  9. Is it a bird, is it a plane, is it Superman? No, it´s the Jedi.
    "Some of these fighters are even greeted by US senators" - I translate: Seriously fck you McCain you father-fsoab.

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  10. Brian Crocker? Crocker Shit.

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  11. Ultimately it is for the tribe itself.

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  12. Forget the USA, is UNA. forget America,Is a merry killer help another killer in a Can.

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  13. NO American STands. What you are seeing are Cripple-knee fighting a for a men -on they Knees aka handicap. America will be HAPPy to remove all GUY-ON-KNEEs, CHI-ON-HIS-KNEES,JAP-On-KNeew, and the management of A KNEE-CAP society .

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  14. Jew will send more Americans to war & death for Israel.

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  15. Thank you Dr Paul for not being a piece of shit like puppet obama

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  16. Thank you Dr Paul, for always talking straight with the people.

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