Ron Paul on Obama’s Syria WMD Claim


Ron Paul: Today, we heard from President Obama that the war in Syria will be escalated. He now has agreed to send weaponry in to assist the rebels. ‘Escalation’ is the proper word, because we’ve already been involved for quite a few months. We’ve been supporting the rebels for probably the past two years, supposedly for humanitarian reasons. But now there’s going to be a much more aggressive approach and we’re going to send weapons.

There are a few problems with this. First off, it’s war, and the second thing is, presidents aren’t supposed to start wars without permission from the people through a congressional declaration of war. And, besides, it’s not going to do us any good to expand in another war. And now we hear that most of the rebels are the Al-Qaida, they’re kind of in there as well. So this foreign policy we’ve been following now for so many years, is backfiring on us. It’s backfiring on us because guess who’s helping the rebels besides the United States, the Al-Qaida from Iraq. Before the Iraq war, there was no Al-Qaida in Iraq, now there is, and now there over there helping. And we think we’re going to sort this out after 2 years? The reason this is coming about is because the rebels are losing this war and we’ve been supporting the rebels. And I don’t think it’s possible to pick out the good guys here, there’s no way. I think we should pick out the good guys over here, the American people and the American tax payer, and think about what’s the best for America. And what we’re doing here is not the best in any way.

The one thing that I find rather ironic, because I was very much involved in the lead up to the Iraq war, is that the language is the same. They’re using the same arguments: weapons of mass destruction, poison gases, hundred people died and the government has done this. But you know what, they haven’t used absolute facts, they haven’t even used absolute language, they hedge their terms and they say, “Yes, possibly”. A couple of weeks ago, our administration was admitting that some of this poison gas may have come from the rebels themselves. But it is estimated 100,000 people have died over there, and they’re saying maybe a hundred or so have died from gas, possibly. But who did it and when and why? And this is the red line. To me, it’s all an excuse. This is sort of like what Clinton did in 1998 to get people to look at something other than the Lewinski affair. There’s a lot of scandal going on in this country, and it benefits the President because to get people mind off the scandals. There’s nothing like a scare tactic on foreign policy to get away from these scandals. So I think this is really a lot of what’s happening.

Besides, if you think about it, why would President Assad, who’s winning the war, use poison gas to kill a hundred people, knowing full well what would happen if people thought he was using poison gas? There’s no way, the man is not an idiot. And now the assumption is, “Yes, this is the case”. But here, over 100,000 have been killed, but the only thing that counts are these 100. It’s sort of like wondering why the people aren’t concerned about 100 or 200 or 300 killed on a regular basis from a drone missile, why isn’t that the red line. Matter of fact, I think the Al-Qaida have red lines, too, and when they hear that the U.S. drone missiles are killing civilians, they can get pretty annoyed.

But we are falling down the path of what Bush did leading up into Iraq, and what Clinton did back in 1998 by bombing Kandahar in Afghanistan. And they know about this, that this is a diversion tactic. So my concern is what has been my concern for so long, what are we doing there, why are we there, what will come of it, how will we get out of it? I argued that same thing about Iraq and Bush, and we’re still messing that place up. We’ve actually had that backfire on us, Iraq now is an ally of the Iranians and is actually still our enemy. A lot of people say, “We have to do it because this is what Israel wants”. It may be, Israel may want this, I suspect that’s their position. But I think that’s a mistake. It’s not a mistake to be friends with Israel, but it’s a mistake to do it this way. I think Israel is getting themselves into real trouble by supporting all this rebellion going on, whether it’s Libya or Egypt or now in Syria or the mess we have in Turkey; this is instability, it cannot help Israel. It is good intentions and humanitarian instincts, but what we’re really doing, and it’s a real tragedy, is that the neo-cons are winning this battle here at home, and they’re controlling our foreign policy. And it’s tragic that they are, because polls now show 68% of the American people say, “Don’t go in there, we don’t need another war”.

And think about the money, we went through this sequester and a nickel and dime was cut, and they cut a few things, and they cut a couple of TSA agents for a couple hours, and they tried to make a big deal of slashing. But never once has the President ever hesitated to promise more foreign aid and more military aid. So that has all been a charade about cutting, because there is no cutting here, this is expansion. And this, I think, is a lot more dangerous than Libya, and a lot more dangerous than Egypt. Russia is involved with this, and Iran is involved. China is probably keeping their eyes on it, and it’s not serving our interests at all. This is why I think it’s so necessary for us as a people to once again think about the advice the founders gave us by talking about a non-interventionist foreign policy, mind our own business. This compulsion and obsession to be involved when it doesn’t even involve us … there are some in the Senate right now, there are the neo-cons in the Senate who are just shouting about why we should do a lot more, we shouldn’t have incrementalism, we should go in there with full force. Well, I’ll tell you what, the American people don’t want it, we can’t afford it, it’s bad policy. It’s not going to help Israel, and it’s not going to help the rebels because we don’t even know who the rebels are, and if we do help, it’s probably going to help the Al-Qaida. The weapons we send over there will probably end up in the hands of the Al-Qaida, and will be used against the American people.

So it’s time for the American people to wake up and let their members of Congress and their senators know, “Stop it”. Why should you just sit back and let the President do these things. He used to pretend that we don’t need a congressional approval, we’ll get it from the UN and we’ll get it from NATO. Well, in this case, he just does it, and nobody says anything, they think the money will be there. But I’ll tell you what, having been in Washington for a long time, and except for a few, the people that are there are not going to say much, they’re just going to go along with it. So it’s going to take the American people to wake up and say, “Enough is enough, we’re broke, we don’t want this. No wonder we’re in a constant recession, and no wonder we are under constant threat by Americans being killed by the Al-Qaida”. And that is going to continue until we understand exactly the motives of those individuals who would like to kill Americans, and, believe me, it’s not because we’re free and prosperous. It has a lot to do with drone warfare, occupation, putting our troops in other’s lands, putting on no-fly zones and putting on boycotts and prohibiting these countries from minding their own business. So it’s time for us to wake up, because this could get out of hand, and that’s what I fear. Because eventually we’re going to have a financial crisis, which will be related to this endless spending. So this is an opportunity for us to wake up the American people, and they’re with us on this issue, we just need to get our voices heard.

Thank you for listening.

  • Hafez Assad killed terrorists in Hama. Saddam Hussein supported that uprising against the Assad government so not only were the Muslim Brotherhood terrorists but they were also foreign agents.

  • I’ve said it from the beginning Obama is al Qaeda ! he has lost the public trust and therefore should be removed from office !

  • I suggest you travel to Syria yourself and not watch Presst or RT and see for yourself. Grow a beard and see how far you will live and how many US hired Snipers you will find there. I have friends who are in Syria. No Americans there. But somebody else is there, who you need to study about. Busting doors and making people say There is no God But Bashar, cutting and burning people alive. Go and see for yourself. Now everybody in Syria has cellphones and cameras.Your RT friends do not realise

  • But some country out there is constantly on the news with statements such as “Saudi Regime must be overthrown, We just built the longest range missle,we are the best in shooting, we are building nuclear reactors,we just build the best Submarine,US foreign backed rebels are killing Syrians and bla bla”..And no, its not communist Russia, there are 26 million Sunni muslims in Russia…This country I am talking about are for you to guess. So USA are stuck between relaxed Sunnis and our Common enemy

  • I will leave you with a Prophecy of A Prophet Mohammad(saw) where he said that :A muslim nation along with Non Muslim nation will have a common enemy. They will join together defend against this enemy and than the Non Muslim ally will betrey muslims.not known which time or how far this is,but the point I want to make is common enemy. America is not enemy of Muslims. We have millions living there.And surely Libya,Egyptians,Jordanias or Saudis are not throwing rockets in USA, we Sunnis are relaxed

  • belive it or not. If you actually watch Arab and Sunni muslim talk, They fear Iran. Iran is infeltrating countries everywhere, Yemen,Saudi, Spying on even Egypt, Libya and you name it!!! So US has a choice, Let Bashar live and Have Shia Irani Communist ideology or Sunni dominated Muslims. If you travel towards muslim lands you will see that minus Iraq false and Afghani occupation muslims are very friendly with USA and many muslims live in USA and Europe and vice versa.We need to save lives

  • “truth is treason in the empire of lies.”
    ron paul


  • Shia mercenaries are driven by this hatred towards Muslims as well as Israel and USA. They dream of nuking and boming Israel. Now,we also disagree with ISrael and occupation of Palestine, but when Iran talks about wiping out Israel, do they consider Muslims living next to Israel and In Israel? Do they not realise that nuclear dust will spread towards all Levant and kill muslims? Yes they do, the real Aim or Iran is Persian Empire and they will not finish untill they destroy Muslims and Mecca

  • Bashar and Iran, not America and once the war is over they will go back to their lands and let Syrians vote for their own choice. We are talking about 2000 fighters out of hundreds of thousands. I do not support USA for intervention, and yes they might be using this as a stance against Iran, but you have to agree, We Sunni Muslim, despite our opposition to wars in Iraq and Afghanistan are forgiving and once USA pulls out, we are going to build mosques and live lives, while Irani-Shia

  • You are wrong, there are reports of sniper fire from a distance shooting at protesters which could easily be the work of U.S. hired gunmen. One woman said that there were absolutely no Syrian police or army in the area and yet her 9 year old son was shot in the face by a gunmen at a far distance. U.S. hired gunmen killed protesters whose killings were then reported by Qatar owned Al Jazeera as having been done by the Assad government to turn more Syrians against the government.

  • Ahrar As Sham are another faction which are Syrian Islamic Fighters from Hama, Syria. All the other brigades are syrian, if you go to Syria and check their passports, They are all Syrian, and mostly under quipped,under trained civilians whose sisters and mothers were raped and slaughtered so they revolted. Majority are also Sunni Muslim Army Defectors. Please understand this, FSA also asked Jabhat Al Nusrah to leave, despite their help to fight Assad. Even JAN said that their fight is against

  • Senator there is one thing you do not understand and need to travel to Syria to do so. I invite you to read this and understand. First of all I admire your position of occupation of Afghanistan, Hamas and Iraq. But you really need to understand one thing, The proportion of So called Al Qaeda linked fighters is very very small.Jabhat Al Nusrah who you are talking about are in 2000-5000 at most, which are some,yes, foreign.This is out of 150-200 000 Free Syrian army. Ahrar As Sham are

  • The government is morally bankrupt YES . The citizens are not blind. Just lazy to fix the problems in its government. But still. E need to stay out of where we are not wanted.

  • There’s something Ron Paul wont tell you. And that’s who runs America and who’s behind all this rapid transformation that’s taking place in America.
    The ethnic minority that runs the United States and is behind these wars that aim to destroy everyone that can stand around Israel.

  • Iran does not control Syria, they are simply helping Assad win the war hoping that things will return to how they were in Syria before 2011. The Hezbollah fighters in Syria want to go back to Lebanon as soon as possible. You are being duped by pro-war propaganda which wants you to think that Iran controls Syria to use this an excuse for the U.S. to attack Syria.

  • Correct. If the U.S. defeats all of Israel’s enemies what incentive does Israel have to stop building illegal settlements in the Palestinian West Bank?

  • Assad is unpopular with middle class and poor rural Sunnis, he is popular with wealthy urban Sunnis, Alawites, Shiites, and Christians.

  • this guy is a scum

  • UK eugenics

  • Both parties serve the foreign policy aims of Israel, the goal is to defeat all of Israel’s enemies one at a time. After Assad falls the U.S. will probably be attacking Hezbollah in Lebanon before moving on to Iran.