Ron Paul: Has The Tide Turned Against The Warmongers?

by Ron Paul

Will the history books record these past couple of weeks as the point when the tide finally turned against our interventionist foreign policy?

We began September with the Obama Administration on the verge of launching Tomahawk missiles at Syria. The missiles were needed, the administration claimed, to punish the Syrian government for using poison gas on its own people. There were reports that in addition to missiles, the administration was planning airstrikes and possibly even more military action against Syria. The talks of a punishing “shot across the bow” to send a message to the Syrian government also escalated, as some discussed the need to degrade the Syrian military to help change the regime. They refused to rule out a US ground invasion of Syria.

Secretary of State John Kerry even invoked an old bogeymen that had worked so many times before. Assad was another Hitler, we were told, and failure to attack would equate to another Neville Chamberlain-like appeasement.

The administration released its evidence to back up the claim that the Syrian government was behind the gassing, and the president asked Congress to authorize him to use force against Syria. Polls showed that the American people had very little interest in getting involved in another war in the Middle East, and as the administration presented no solid evidence for its claim, public support eroded further. The media, as usual, was pushing war propaganda.

Then something incredible happened. It started in the British parliament, with a vote against participating in a US-led attack on Syria. The UK had always reliably backed the US when it came to war overseas, and the vote was a shock. Though the House and Senate leadership lined up behind the president’s decision to attack Syria, the people did not. Support among the rank and file members of the Senate and House began to evaporate, as thousands of Americans contacted their representatives to express outrage over the president’s plan. The vote looked to be lost in the House and uncertain in the Senate. Then even Senators began to feel the anger of the American people, and it looked like a devastating and historic loss for the president was coming.

The administration and its pro-war allies could not bear to lose a vote in Congress that would have likely shut the door completely on a US attack, so they called off the vote. At least for now. It would have been far better to have had the president’s request for war authorization debated and voted down in the House and Senate, but even without a no vote it is clear that a major shift has taken place. A Russian proposal to secure and dismantle the Syrian government’s chemical weapons was inspired, it seems, by John Kerry’s accidental suggestion that such a move could avert a US strike. Though the details have yet to be fully worked out, it seems the Russia plan, agreed to by the Syrian government, gives us hope that a US attack will be avoided.

The American people have spoken out against war. Many more are now asking what I have been asking for quite some time: why is it always our business when there is civil strife somewhere overseas? Why do we always have to be the ones to solve the world’s problems? It is a sea change and I am very encouraged. We have had a great victory for the cause of peace and liberty and let’s hope we can further build on it.


  • It would not kill the beast, but is would be very crippling and slow down the expansion of government and the degration of the peoples constitutional rights.

    For 2016, we need to get in someone like Rand Paul,Ted Cruz or Jesse Ventura.

  • A president like Ron Paul would make things a lot easier.

    Laws that continue to degrade the constitution would halt,the undeclared wars would end and our need to have a thousands of military bases across the globe in other countries would end.

    As president, he would be a major figure head that would be impossible to notice and would spread his ideas of peace,liberty,limited government and our bill of rights to those who would fight him against restoring them.

  • buttermaker

    Dear Mr. Paul,

    I apologize for not appreciating the foresight you have exhibited over the decades. Thank you for you’re willingness to speak the truth. Please forgive me.

    Many people, just as I, are late bloomers and woefully unprepared to lead. We need someone to unite and lead us. I know it is asking an awful lot, but would you please consider making the incredible sacrifice of boldly seeking our support one more time? You will have my attention and obedience.

    Do you still have the energy? I hope you have not lost heart just because so many of us didn’t care enough or just stuck our heads in the sand. I believe you have the knowledge, intelligence, perseverance, fortitude and moral fiber that we need. I sincerely hope that we have not squandered the awesome resource we have in you.

    I’m sorry to ask such so much of you. it’s selfish of me and my kind in a way, because it’s not like you haven’t tried to inform and warn us. I know I’m asking you to lay your life on the line. How you’ve not submitted to discouragement is beyond me.I’m so sorry I (we) didn’t listen.

    Please don’t abandon us now, even though we small minded, unappreciative, undeserving and seemingly uncommitted brats deserve it. Perhaps your lifetime investment was meant for this moment in time.

    We need you sir, and so many of us are FINALLY aware of this.

    By whatever means you have available, poll us. See if we don’t lift your spirits.

    Thank you for caring about us as you do.

    Thank you for your patriotism.

    Encouragingly yours,


  • usa isn’t the same any more its full of foreigners who aren’t European or give a crap about it

  • nevadasmith

    America in Wonderland
    words and music by Danny Elfman-Alice in Wonderland movie theme

    Oh America Dear where have you been ?
    So near so far so in between
    What have you heard what have you seen
    America , America , please America

    Oh, tell us are you big or small
    To try this one or try them all
    It’s such a long, long way to fall
    America, America , oh America

    How can you know this way not that ?
    You choose the door you choose the path
    perhaps you should be coming back
    Another day, Another day
    And nothing is quite what it seems
    You’re dreaming, are you dreaming
    Oh, America
    Oh , America

    ( Oh, how will you find your way,
    Oh how will you find your way )
    ( no more time for tears today
    no more time for tears today )
    ( no more time for tears today
    no more time for tears today )

    So many doors-how did you choose
    So much to gain – so much to lose
    So many things got in your way
    No time today, no time today
    Be careful not to lose your head
    Just think of what Dr. Ron Paul said…America
    Did someone pull you by the hand
    How many miles to wonderland
    Please tell us so we’ll understand
    America…America , oh America

  • In the words of the Japanese admiral, They have awaken the sleeping giant, “WE THE PEOPLE”. Thanks for your dedication to Peace and Liberty. RON PAUL

  • care to explain why? or just being and aids dick?