Ron Paul: Obama’s Syria Policy Looks a Lot Like Bush’s Iraq Policy

by Ron Paul

President Obama announced late last week that the US intelligence community had just determined that the Syrian government had used poison gas on a small scale, killing some 100 people in a civil conflict that has claimed an estimated 100,000 lives. Because of this use of gas, the president claimed, Syria had crossed his “red line” and the US must begin to arm the rebels fighting to overthrow the Syrian government.

Setting aside the question of why 100 killed by gas is somehow more important than 99,900 killed by other means, the fact is his above explanation is full of holes. The Washington Post reported this week that the decision to overtly arm the Syrian rebels was made “weeks ago” – in other words, it was made at a time when the intelligence community did not believe “with high confidence” that the Syrian government had used chemical weapons.

Further, this plan to transfer weapons to the Syrian rebels had become policy much earlier than that, as the Washington Post reported that the CIA had expanded over the past year its secret bases in Jordan to prepare for the transfer of weapons to the rebels in Syria.

The process was identical to the massive deception campaign that led us into the Iraq war. Remember the famous quote from the leaked “Downing Street Memo,” where representatives of British Prime Minister Tony Blair’s administration discussed Washington’s push for war on Iraq?

Here the head of British intelligence was reporting back to his government after a trip to Washington in the summer of 2002: “Military action was now seen as inevitable. Bush wanted to remove Saddam, through military action, justified by the conjunction of terrorism and WMD. But the intelligence and facts were being fixed around the policy.”

That is exactly what the Obama Administration is doing with Syria: fixing the intelligence and facts around the already determined policy. And Congress just goes along, just as they did the last time.

We found out shortly after the Iraq war started that the facts and intelligence being fixed around the policy were nothing but lies put forth by the neo-con warmongers and the paid informants, like the infamous and admitted liar known as “Curveball.” But we seem to have learned nothing from being fooled before.

So Obama now plans to send even more weapons to the Syrian rebels even though his administration is aware that the main rebel factions have pledged their loyalty to al-Qaeda. Does anyone else see the irony? After 12 years of the “war on terror” and the struggle against al-Qaeda, the US decided to provide weapons to the allies of al-Qaeda. Does anyone really think this is a good idea?

The Obama administration promises us that this is to be a very limited operation, providing small arms only, with no plans for a no-fly zone or American boots on the ground. That sounds an awful lot like how Vietnam started. Just a few advisors. When these few small arms do not achieve the pre-determined US policy of regime change in Syria what is the administration going to do? Admit failure and pull the troops out, or escalate? History suggests the answer and it now appears to be repeating itself once again.

The president has opened a can of worms that will destroy his presidency and possibly destroy this country. Another multi-billion dollar war has begun.


  • Don Jusko

    There is still no proof of chemical warfare in Syria. o has crossed my red line many times. He shouldn’t even be in the WH, the only answer is paper trail voting, I want a receipt.

    They are doing it again in NH now. In (their) poll Gary Johnson didn’t even receive 2% so he can’t debate for presidency. Don’t ever forget Tampa.

  • James Shahoud

    I was just wondering… Is Obama going to have background checks done to the terrorists he is sending the weapons to? I mean I just hope that those weapons don’t end up in the cannibalistic rebels that behead Catholic priests for little reason… oh… that’s 80% of the opposition? Okay.. Thanks!

  • Gershom

    It’s like the Defense Establishment has been making the “big decisions” since Vietnam and their arguments seem to be convincing most sitting Presidents. Lots of people support the defense establishment because they are told “it’s moral” “it’s expedient” or “It will make you money” and so as long as the Defense Establishment remains untouched, it will continue to grow. Perhaps “teach ins” are needed again on the College campus and on High School campuses? This should be the next project of the Ron Paul Movement: Teach the People that violence should not be the first option and that getting a higher education and avoiding military service makes more sense than getting ripped up in a senseless war for low pay. Perhaps it’s time to make the unfavorable comparison between Prison Guards and Soldiers (meaning: Both professions don’t take much in terms of brainpower and it attracts the worst in society.)

    Here is something more precise: A small team of Ron Paulers gets permission to speak at schools. The team speaks on the points of the Ron Paul message and encourages people to “come forward” and sign a pledge to “Protect and Defend the Constitution of the United States” in the right way by being active citizens. Then, with adult education, small teams of Ron Paulers could set up Community Workshops and encourage soldiers with PTSD to speak at the events as well as getting “Community Letter Writing Teams” organized to write Senators and Reps about cutting defense spending. Also, and this is key: The Community Workshops will teach the Constitution of the United States as well as a quick lesson in Western European history explaining how the nobles and Kings were able to “trick” their subjects into supporting the endless feuds that made up the Middle Ages as well as the background of the rule of law and why the rule of law is superior to the rule of man. Workshops all over the country are the key but the trick is to make sure that these workshops are not openly “Ron Paul” but are labeled “Community Workshops” or “Citizen Workshops” are are advertised as being non-partisan.

  • John

    There are no kibbutzes in the bible.

  • No mystery here Ron. Our most bitter enemies conglomerate their infection over monetary policy, media, IRS, CIA, FBI, NSA, TSA, and only God knows what else, yeah telecom? Fools in power fall like old trees in the forest! Let US keep and preserve our best. Let them not be taken to the precipice of the Power Elite. Our wailing wall is real and overwhelming! Let these WARS be finished!

  • Anarcho-Capitalist19

    So now we are going to help the Al-qaeda? Again? We seem to in the past few decades always chose the worst possible side to help. Not to say we should get involved at all.

  • Obama called “war criminal” & “hypocrite of the century” in Irish Parliment

  • Citizen

    Oh sure, that’s what we need…. “Total War” in the middle east.

    Is there anyone in the middle east we haven’t bombed?

    Baracula the Drone Ranger…..
    “Silence… I kill you”

  • James E. Angle

    Did you know Obuma is a Muslim, and he has blocked the return of thousands of M1 rifles from South Korea?