Ron Paul: Will Congress Endorse Obama’s Planned Attack on Syria?




by Ron Paul

President Obama announced this weekend that he has decided to use military force against Syria and would seek authorization from Congress when it returned from its August break. Every Member ought to vote against this reckless and immoral use of the US military. But even if every single Member and Senator votes for another war, it will not make this terrible idea any better because some sort of nod is given to the Constitution along the way.

Besides, the president made it clear that Congressional authorization is superfluous, asserting falsely that he has the authority to act on his own with or without Congress. That Congress allows itself to be treated as window dressing by the imperial president is just astonishing.

The President on Saturday claimed that the alleged chemical attack in Syria on August 21 presented “a serious danger to our national security.” I disagree with the idea that every conflict, every dictator, and every insurgency everywhere in the world is somehow critical to our national security. That is the thinking of an empire, not a republic. It is the kind of thinking that this president shares with his predecessor and it is bankrupting us and destroying our liberties here at home.

According to recent media reports, the military does not have enough money to attack Syria and would have to go to Congress for a supplemental appropriation to carry out the strikes. It seems our empire is at the end of its financial rope. The limited strikes that the president has called for in Syria would cost the US in the hundreds of millions of dollars. Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey wrote to Congress last month that just the training of Syrian rebels and “limited” missile and air strikes would cost “in the billions” of dollars. We should clearly understand what another war will do to the US economy, not to mention the effects of additional unknown costs such as a spike in fuel costs as oil skyrockets.

I agree that any chemical attack, particularly one that kills civilians, is horrible and horrendous. All deaths in war and violence are terrible and should be condemned. But why are a few hundred killed by chemical attack any worse or more deserving of US bombs than the 100,000 already killed in the conflict? Why do these few hundred allegedly killed by Assad count any more than the estimated 1,000 Christians in Syria killed by US allies on the other side? Why is it any worse to be killed by poison gas than to have your head chopped off by the US allied radical Islamists, as has happened to a number of Christian priests and bishops in Syria?

For that matter, why are the few hundred civilians killed in Syria by a chemical weapon any worse than the 2000-3000 who have been killed by Obama’s drone strikes in Pakistan? Does it really make a difference whether a civilian is killed by poison gas or by drone missile or dull knife?

In “The Sociology of Imperialism,” Joseph Schumpeter wrote of the Roman Empire’s suicidal interventionism:

“There was no corner of the known world where some interest was not alleged to be in danger or under actual attack. If the interests were not Roman, they were those of Rome’s allies; and if Rome had no allies, then allies would be invented. When it was utterly impossible to contrive an interest – why, then it was the national honour that had been insulted.”

Sadly, this sounds like a summary of Obama’s speech over the weekend. We are rapidly headed for the same collapse as the Roman Empire if we continue down the president’s war path. What we desperately need is an overwhelming Congressional rejection of the president’s war authorization. Even a favorable vote, however, cannot change the fact that this is a self-destructive and immoral policy.

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27 Comments:

  1. I see two reasons for Obama to toss attacking Syria to congress:

    1. Obama knows he’s been doing the wrong thing and looking to wiggle out of it and finish his presidency on something better.

    2. The Dem and Repub leadership (puppets of the ruling class) are looking to see if any congressman is willing to break ranks…basically, this is bait.

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  2. Rand Paul BLASTS John McCain (whom — McCain — I hold to be an American Constitutional Traitor):

    Make this 2 minute video viral.

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    • Foreign Relations Committee hearings — Rand Paul makes Kerry look like the village idiot.

      And yet Kerry has the gall to try and make a case for Obama to attack Syria months later — like he wasn’t already exposed in April for the clownish puppet that he is…WOW!

      Make this video viral.

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  3. Dear Congressman,
    thank you for your speech about Obama’s disgraceful plans of attack on Syria.

    I hope Americans throw Obama and his establishment to the dustbin of history very soon.
    Theres many people in the world who want strong USA but also disagree with their stupid wars.

    kind regards to all patriots and libertarians in USA.
    Lukasz from Poland

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  4. Ron Paul nails it !!!

    Make this 8 minute video viral.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=724Ua0XknVs

    Could there be any doubt left that our War Policy has nothing to do with OUR National Security, but ONLY with protecting a SINGLE Foreign Nation — Israel…!!!
    ——————————————————————————

    When will the American People wake up to the FACT that Israel’s influence on the US Government is BANKRUPTING US, and American lives are constantly lost, and will continue to be lost, in order to PROTECT Israel ONLY!

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  5. Ted Cruz’s Father mops the floor with the rag that’s Hussein Obama!

    Make this 9 minute video viral.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Ym4Xt0T6fM&feature=player_embedded

    One of the best points: “When people lose their freedoms from other countries they come to America. But if we lose our freedoms, where are we to go…?!”

    NOWHERE, so we MUST stand our ground and save this Nation from Obama and his dictatorial clique NOW!

    Impeaching Obama NOW will go a long way to save our country!

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  6. The best President American can ever have, Ron Paul. Unfortunately, it’s sad that American are so blind, the right leader is in front of them, showing them the right direction but refuse to vote him in.

    Ron Paul is a rare gem, hard to find these days.

    Good luck with what you have now.

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  7. KARAISM FOR PEACE?

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  8. More future treasure & blood to be spent away in Foreign Lands. If Congress Declares War on Syria, I can easily imagine a 3rd party in the Oval Office & and an increased presence in Congress circa 2016. The internet now makes that possible w\o beholding oneself to SIGs. This fourth branch of government, namely monied-lobbyism, needs to be lopped off. Too many bad things have grown from it.

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  9. I am sure that Congress will endorse attack on Syria. There is very aggressive one-sided campaign going on through our corrupted mass media to influence and create public opinion in support of the so called ,,limited” attack. There is a lot of talk about ,,poor gassed children” and ,,threat to our national security”. But there is NOT any proof of WHO has used chemical weapons- except implicit stating ,,Our intelligence has a proof” -without any concretes. Our intelligence said the same thing in 2003 ,that they had had a proof of WMD in Iraq , which has turned out NOT to be true. Any thinking person can make the only conclusion: either our intelligence is extremely incompetent or deliberately lied with a straight face. Than , why should anybody believe them now? And how about 9/11? How on the earth could our intelligence NOT prevent that terrible attack? Another incompetence? If so -all the high rank officials of our intelligence and the department of Defence should have been fired. And yet, nobody has been responsible, none has been fired. Why? Why should our money-a lot of money- go to both Intelligence and Defence? So they could spy on us, American citizens and crack down on everyone why disagrees with turning our country into fascist state? How long we are going to be fooled by politicians , who uses the death of poor civilians in Syria for geopolitical games ? P.S.Why had American government NEVER held Israel accountable for DELIBERATE devastating assault on American intelligence-gathering ship ,,Liberty “, June 8, 1967,which had left 34 sailors dead and 171 injured. Instead, the attack has been covered up by American government, and our marines , who had died in the attack, have never been honored!

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  10. Don’t worry!
    There’s a MASSIVE event (it has connected 100k+ users at least) #GlobalFriendBomb on Facebook!

    Humanity is in the process of uniting as we speak :3

    See for yourself if you don’t believe me. Trust your own judgement 😉

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  11. Don’t worry!
    There’s a MASSIVE event (it has connected 100k+ users at least) #GlobalFriendBomb on Facebook!

    Humanity is in the process of uniting as we speak :3

    See for yourself if you don’t believe me. Trust your own judgement 😉

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  12. The immoral war is the 1 waged by the criminal ASSAD who is using chemical to slaughter innocents. It has been proven by US France, Britain and NATO intelligence. Doing nothing does not mean being neutral it means supporting Assad. Ron Paul talks about money and saving millions rather than saving lives, He should be ashamed of himself.

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  13. The immoral war is the 1 waged by the criminal ASSAD who is using chemical to slaughter innocents. It has been proven by US France, Britain and NATO intelligence. Doing nothing does not mean being neutral it means supporting Assad. Ron Paul talks about money and saving millions rather than saving lives, He should be ashamed of himself.

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  14. Don’t worry, FEMA camps are ready and waiting for We the People who think like you. By the time We the People wake up and stop taking it anymore, they will fully activate DHS for what it was really intended, for We the People.

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  15. They put whisteblowers away for 30 years, they take away your freedoms, they set up random road checks, and random body groping at airports so you will fear the government and keep quiet

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  16. This is a president that recently referred to “my military”, as if our armed services are his personal play things.

    This president already fought an unconstitutional war in Libya – no Nobel Peace Prize for that.

    We have lost control of our supposedly representative government, but the good news is, We the People are finally getting sick of this and we’re not going to put up with much more. Otherwise, Obama would have his own private war in Syria, and possibly launch WWIII as a result.

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  17. ya think Obama gives a shit about immoral and illegal wars he is waging?

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  18. ya think Obama gives a shit about immoral and illegal wars he is waging?

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