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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  1. or how about "red lines" U.N. human rights investigators have gathered testimony from casualties of Syria's civil war and medical staff indicating that rebel forces have used the nerve agent sarin, one of the lead investigators said on Sunday

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  2. Ron Paul is the president. America is stupid Republicans are more stupid for not electing him they rather have numbnuts and Sara stupid Palin.

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  3. Defending the freedom with pre-emptive strikes and calling it "exporting democracy". How about wmd´s its been used alot.that was the hole reason for bombing iraq into submission, ( sorry never found any) buts thats cool who cares right, its only like a million dead. along as people in the US can afford a 35 inch TV. its all good.

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  4. I love Ron Paul.

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  5. Ron Paul is a Real President Vote For Him in 2016

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  6. start collecting nickels

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  7. Brainwashed fools like you are the reason Jews get away with this shit.Or maybe you a jew. America has NO business in Middle East.Fuck Israel.

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  8. SEARCH:

    "underground truth movement"

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  9. maintain our military which means we will have an unstable country without proper law and order, and won't be able to defend our country from outside threats. Seems like that can lead us to something like Nazi Germany, and needing to learn to speak Chinese. Hopefully I don't know what I'm talking about. We've tried the standard Republicans and Democrats, why not try something else. Real change, not a change from a white to black president, LOL that wasn't a change at all.

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  10. the Presidents we elect do not run this country. It really is kind of scary with the way things are around the world and what has happened around the world in past history. We are out of money, the money we get isn't worth anything, printing more is starting to get to the point where that will be useless because it's becoming paper trash that no one will want. If we don't have money, or no one around the world wants our money, we will not be able to maintain our economy, we won't be able to

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  11. Makes a lot of sense. I've said this over and over, from what I've seen and heard over the years it doesn't matter who's in office, we are going to get the same thing. When there's a president in office, the other side slams every move he makes. Election season comes and the other side talks about all the bad things the current administration is doing. Then the other side wins, get into office and do the same thing the previous administration was doing. It is getting more and more obvious that

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  12. It's people like you, with your ridiculous theories (the jews, the arabs, the aliens), that make sure people like Obama get into power and keep it. You just create distractions with your ludicrous theories.
    Although the jews could be causing me to write this with their secret mind control device, who knows?
    Try engaging with reality, you know the world outside your window, for a minute a day. Don't want to rush you.
    Oh and watch out for the Knights Templar, they might shoot you with a crossbow

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  13. It's people like you, with your ridiculous theories (the jews, the arabs, the aliens), that make sure people like Obama get into power and keep it. You just create distractions with your ludicrous theories.
    Although the jews could be causing me to write this with their secret mind control device, who knows?
    Try engaging with reality, you know the world outside your window, for a minute a day. Don't want to rush you.
    Oh and watch out for the Knights Templar, they might shoot you with a crossbow

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  14. good point interesting

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  15. Syria sealed its fate when it opposed Israel and funded Hezbollah. So did Iraq, Iran, Libya, Egypt. Oppressive dictatorships like North Korea, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Morocco, Jordan, Djibouti and others have no interest in Israel and are left alone. TIP: When the media suddenly switches terminology from "government" to "regime" then know that Israel (through the US) is gunning for that country.

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  16. Quit as its kept, this country is using poison gases as well.

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  17. They that can give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety. - Ben Franklin, 1755, to the Pennsylvania State Legislature
    We know the truth you won hands down in 2012 but the Corporation of the UNITED STATES OF AMERICA owners could not buy you out so they shut you out God bless you Dr. Paul.

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  18. Wish you were elected to be the president of the USA!!

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  19. This guy should be sitting in the oval office right now, so fucking annoying!

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  20. Do you believe that America should scarify them self for Israel

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