Ron Paul on Obama’s Syria WMD Claim

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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.


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2,327 responses to “Ron Paul on Obama’s Syria WMD Claim”

  1. Ethan G.

    Our government sends weapons to Al Qaeda to help them create fear again. by keeping al qaeda supplied they can restrict our freedom again under the pretense of security. Its a cycle, Syria is just a tool in the long run.

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  2. Karl Pershing

    The leaders of Republicans and Neo-cons. They are all Jews. And the Jewish owned media helps them accomplish that.

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  3. craig lindsay

    No, its the party he deside to get in bed with. Look how they sunded him during the 2012 GOP Primaries. He won Iowa and they did declare it til right before GOP convention? and they told his delegates to get the hell out of THEIR own convention? Not Jews… Not Israel… Not blacks… Not Mexicans… not any other minority, its his “own” people. Republicans. Republicans don’t like truth

    »crosslinked«

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  4. Karl Pershing

    Very well said. This is a great man. But people like him will never become president because of Israel and Jews.

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  5. Gabriel szohner

    Bless you Ron, sometimes it seems your’e the only honest guy left in U.S. politics.

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  6. Dennis Stone

    The U.S. has been sending weapons to Al-Qaeda for the entire length of time that the Syrian conflict has been going. It is OUR government that is causing the conflict. It is OUR government that is responsible for the deaths of those 100,000 people in Syria, due to our support of the “rebels.” When will Americans wake up?

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  7. olbear303

    “Fuck bitches, get money” -Thomas Jefferson

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  8. AzumiRM

    Why isn’t Mr. Paul president of the USA?. I am not American so I don’t have a say or a voice but what the USA does effects the whole world a lot. Mr. Paul’s words resonate with the rest of the world much more than Obama or certainly Bush,

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  9. Ame3thyst3

    “When the people fear the government, there is tyranny. When the government fears the people, there is liberty.” – Thomas Jefferson

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  10. Ame3thyst3

    “I believe that banking institutions are more dangerous to our liberties than standing armies.” – Thomas Jefferson

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  11. Ame3thyst3

    “I abhor war and view it as the greatest scourge of mankind.” – Thomas Jefferson

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  12. MrMatthewlh

    Ron Paul I supported you all throughout the primaries last year. I wished you got the nomination. Just putting that out there before people send me nasty remarks.
    Dr Paul some people are really shallow and if you want more people who weren’t familiar with you to start following you, you have to work on that camera. The camera sucks. You look really red. Please work on that for the next video.

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  13. imossyardman

    Oh man, I’m from New Zealand, you guys are so lucky to have a politician like this, shooting straight from the heart and telling it like it is. ..

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  14. lunchfamily

    so red

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  15. Ma Kkt

    Bashar is winning because he has more support from the Syrian people.

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  16. perr lag lind

    This is what happens to Christians in Syria.

    watch?v=GBYTpBURJMU

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  17. 1Drakespeed

    I agree Ron. Makes me sick to think we are giving the enemy money and weapons.

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  18. Jason Adams

    I am truly sorry I didn’t vote for you… I agree with everything you said… Now what can I do to help???

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  19. gunzgogo1

    you must Canadian

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  20. trvrbrdly

    Seriously fuck Obama, and fuck Harper.

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  21. jakewer

    he was not “voted” in he was selected. voting is just a way to poll the American people!! He was chosen from birth to stand in his apocalyptic position. ALL biblical. This man is pre-selected to do the evil works he is doing!!

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  22. onlythewise1

    just the ones who voted in Obama

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  23. Skaine Sonotar

    Bashar is winning because he has more support from the Syrian people. And what would happen if the rebels win, the vacuum it wil creat in the region will be enormous.

    Good speech Mr paul.

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  24. antodav

    The Doctor says it better than I certainly ever could.

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  25. Mirah Nasser

    Fuck Obama the war president fighting for slimey Zionists and Wahhabis everywhere

    Get the fuck out of my country please!

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  26. Allen  Pennell

    Am I the only one that sees Ron Paul for what he truly is a freemason giving false hope he’s just another piece in this game

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  27. Soma671

    watch?v=5F9mmLELvvs

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  28. KamekoBruns

    More straw man I see. Where did I say they are valid because they are right? In fact, in the very next sentence I said that being right requires the “actually [to] back up your claims” but that part was a bit to inconvenient for you I guess.

    Thanks again for showing how utterly lacking in integrity you are.

    I also find hysterical your bullshit claim that you see “reality” whereas I live in “illusion”. Clearly you’re just some angry little boy still living in mommy and daddy’s basement.

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  29. Lizard King

    “academics as they have that little extra validity of being right” as in they are valid because they are right. Anyways as I said its your life not mine, should you choose reality over illusion is your choice now with that I am done, have a good one and best of luck

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  30. KamekoBruns

    And now comes the straw man arguments which are another indication of a lack of integrity.

    When did I say academics are always right?

    What’s hysterical with you is that you’re selecting one academic (zerohedge) over another not because of their ability to validate their claims but because their position aligns with yours.

    In other words you are cherry picking which is, again, a tactic of those with zero integrity.

    But then again, you’re done with me, right?

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  31. Reporter40

    We could argue endlessly but I do know one thing: your way of ‘debating’ surely doesn’t honor him. Also, if you only would familiarize yourself with Libertarian ways, as opposed to yelling on YouTube, you would have found out there is not one single Libertarian way.

    Ron Paul could become a president if he chills on some things as it would leave many people without care. That was the gist of my initial post. But you sir, you need to chill on your attitude.

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  32. Lizard King

    Of course, academics are always right! How naive can you be? like I said if you want a better look at whats going on in our economy check out zerohedge (dot) com. Unless of course you wish to continue your illusion that all is right, your life not mine…

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  33. KamekoBruns

    Weren’t you done with me? Or was it “dopne”?

    And yes, I listen to academics as they have that little extra validity of being right.

    It’s real easy to say someone is wrong and not feel like you have to actually back up your claims but, then again, that’s how people with zero integrity act.

    As I said before, you’re a moron. You assume the argument which requires the MOST assumptions to be the right one and truly there is no fixing that kind of stupid.

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  34. Lizard King

    here some help for you check out zerohedge (dot) com and you will get a better dose of reality

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  35. Lizard King

    yes, your ad hominem attacks paint a better picture of what you are.
    And of course, believe the academics, because the government isnt in their pockets right?

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