Ron Paul: The Interventionists Haven’t Learned their Lesson from the Iraq Debacle

by Ron Paul

October was Iraq’s deadliest month since April, 2008. In those five and a half years, not only has there been no improvement in Iraq’s security situation, but things have gotten much worse. More than 1,000 people were killed in Iraq last month, the vast majority of them civilians. Another 1,600 were wounded, as car bombs, shootings, and other attacks continue to maim and murder.

As post-“liberation” Iraq spirals steadily downward, Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki was in Washington last week to plead for more assistance from the United States to help restore order to a society demolished by the 2003 US invasion. Al-Qaeda has made significant recent gains, Maliki told President Obama at their meeting last Friday, and Iraq needs more US military aid to combat its growing influence.

Obama pledged to work together with Iraq to address al-Qaeda’s growing presence, but what was not said was that before the US attack there was no al-Qaeda in Iraq. The appearance of al-Qaeda in Iraq coincided with the US attack. They claimed we had to fight terror in Iraq, but the US invasion resulted in the creation of terrorist networks where before there were none. What a disaster.

Maliki also told President Obama last week that the war in next-door Syria was spilling over into Iraq, with the anti-Assad fighters setting off bombs and destabilizing the country. Already more than 5,000 people have been killed throughout Iraq this year, and cross-border attacks from Syrian rebels into Iraq are increasing those numbers. Again, what was not said was that the US government had supported these anti-Assad fighters both in secret and in the open for the past two years.

Earlier in the week a group of Senators – all of whom had supported the 2003 US invasion of Iraq – sent a strongly-worded letter to Obama complaining that Maliki was far too close to the Iranian government next door. What was not said was that this new closeness between the Iraqi and Iranian governments developed under the US-installed government after the US invasion of Iraq.

Surely there is plenty of blame that can be placed on Maliki and the various no-doubt corrupt politicians running Iraq these days. But how was it they came to power? Were we not promised by those promoting the war that it would create a beach-head of democracy in the Middle East and a pro-American government?

According to former Treasury Secretary Paul O’Neill, in early 2001 as the new Bush administration was discussing an attack on Iraq, then-Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld said, “Imagine what the region would look like without Saddam and with a regime that’s allied with US interests. It would change everything in the region and beyond it. It would demonstrate what US policy is all about.”

We see all these years later now how this ridiculous this idea was.

I have long advocated the idea that since we just marched in, we should just march out. That goes for US troops and also for US efforts to remake Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, and everywhere the neocon wars of “liberation” have produced nothing but chaos, destruction, and more US enemies overseas. We can best improve the situation by just leaving them alone.

The interventionists have unfortunately neither learned their lesson from the Iraq debacle nor have they changed their tune. They are still agitating for regime change in Syria, even as they blame the Iraqi government for the destabilization that spills over. They are still agitating for a US attack on Iran, with Members of Congress introducing legislation recently that would actually authorize US force against Iran.

It looks like a very slow learning curve for our bipartisan leaders in Washington. It’s time for a change.


  • Ralph

    The views of Ron Paul on our wars in the ME are an example of good old common sense and logic.
    The disappointment is our representatives are aware of this but prefer to be swayed by lobby groups and the desire to be re-elected at all costs even the cost of honesty and morality.
    When looking at our interventions in the ME it is easy to see one country in particular has unduly influenced our policies for their benefit and their’s alone while costing us dearly in lives, wealth and international standing.
    Our increasingly police state like security and loss of freedoms is directly linked to how we are viewed by the rest of the world.
    At present that view is the US has double standards and is a hypocritical supporter of an apartheid state who’s ambition is military domination by destabilization of the ME.
    Protect the US and its citizens NOT israel.

  • jerry carney

    end the fed (which i agree with) will not happen until it happens. i have studied for several years. i know what is coming and i am in great despair, for i know it is the end of our freedom.

  • JOHN

    Google DIMONA

  • Surfisher

    Obamacare dissected:

    No-one can dictate that the American people MUST buy something against their will — That’s Unconstitutional, and subject to charges of treason by the Government Official (in this case the President) for trying to enforce it!

    As a pessimist I’ll state the following (which may seem optimistic for the eventual repealing of ACA, better described as ‘ObamaCaresLess’ in it’s true meaning as: Dictatorial Health Enforcement by the Obama Gov on all American Citizens — to those that expect that patriotic Republicans will win in 2014, and not the Neocons supported by the GOP Establishment):

    1) The Young Healthy Bodies of 7,000,000 (7 Million) Americans that need to be thrown as sacrificial lambs to make this infamy work in the first year won’t even approach a fraction of that NEED — Barrack Hussein and Patsies tried going to Universities to get healthy young students to enroll, only to get mostly BOOED and laughed out of college auditoriums (he guessed wrong that college students have been dumb-ed up enough to accept his idiotic plan)!

    I’ll state that Hussein Obama will be lucky to get 1/10th of the needed young, healthy bodies — 700,000 at most! He may think the people are dumb, but the healthy young people are nowdays most aware of where this nation is heading — Dictatorship — and I’ll wager that the final number that fall for Obama’s trap are 70,000…a JOKE of a Number exposing the rejection of his dictatorial desires, that’s 1/100th of his Majesty’s Clairvoyance, which will make Obama an even bigger JOKE!

    Regardless how few young healthy bodies register — anything under 3 million will throw this socialist scheme into unsustainable turmoil. Barrack Hussein will then have to attack others to make it work. The less healthy sacrificial lambs subscribe, the more the “Health Care” Dictator will have to squeeze the rest!

    This will cause major problems for the Democrooks, come election time. Especially since by November 2014, expect the cancellations to individuals to become well over 17,000,000 Americans to have their insurances canceled because of Obamacare (to make a comparison, 17 million people is like the WHOLE Nation of Holland — men, women and children — getting Nixed)!

    2) Come 2014, all employers will be subject to compliance with this infamy (or pay penalties)!!!

    The end result will be that even more Americans will lose their current plans — as many as another 35,000,000 (to make a comparison, 35 million people is like the WHOLE Nation of Canada — men, women and children — getting Nixed)!

    This will keep on coming month after month in 2014 — how many employers will decide to pay the penalty and not provide their employees with health insurance (in order to stay alive in business, and if their employees leave because of that, won’t most of them go out of business)?!

    And how many employers will risk increasing their employees premiums astronomically, in order to comply with Obama’s Dictates (hoping their employees won’t quit, thus put them out of business, because the workers’ final paycheck is so small that they can’t make ends meet)!

    The near destruction of ALL Self-employed and Small Business seems to be the end result of Obamacare. And I’ll state that that was HIS GOAL — the destruction of what America is all about: Private Proprietorship and Small Business — the BACK BONE OF AMERICA’S INDUSTRY!!!

    The above shows CLEARLY that what Obama is doing is Unconstitutional — and since he swore to defend the US Constitution when taking Office, that makes him Perjurer of the oath he took!

    By breaking the Oath to Preserve and Defend the US Constitution, Barrack Hussein Obama is GUILTY of TREASON — as such he should not only be Impeached, but send to Jail for Life!


  • Surfisher

    How pathetic has our Nation become:

    1) We have a President that STILL refuses to show his ORIGINAL Birth Certificate (which we all must do to get a job). What valid credentials did Barrack Hussein Obama show to get his job, as president…NONE! What is he hiding — being born in Kenya, thus belonging behind bars as an impostor, and not in the White House?

    2) Hillery Clinton running for President 2016 — when she should be in jail for life in a Federal prison for allowing the deaths of Americans in Benghazi?

    3) The GOP Elite betraying the original Republican Principles in order to stay in power, regardless the damage they cause to our Nation?

    What has become of our Free Republic? Have, We The People, become so complacent to allow Criminals to evade not only Justice, but to run our Nation…are we slowly but surely becoming a Banana Republic where “Justice For All” means punishing the people only, but not the rulers since they are above The Law?

    Your thoughts on these infamies would be appreciated.