In a statement issued by 2012 GOP contender Representative Ron Paul of Texas earlier this week, Paul attacked the Administration of President Barack Obama for its seemingly expanding imperialistic foreign policy in the Middle East following the announcement of a victory in Libya.
“The Obama administration attacked Libya without a constitutional declaration of war, without congressional authorization, without meaningful consultation with Congress — and without a dollar being authorized from the House or Senate. It was a war started by a president who turned to the United Nations for its authority and ignored the authority of the US Congress,” Paul said in his weekly Texas Straight Talk address.
Paul contends that the ousting of former Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi — once referred to as the “mad dog” of the Middle East by former President Ronald Reagan — has done little more than offer the country up for grabs by al-Qaida and other militant Islamic groups. Paul referenced the U.S. “victory” in Iraq several years ago as an example of the unintended negative consequences of meddling in Mideast affairs.
“Disturbingly, we see a pattern of relatively secular leaders in the Arab world being targeted for regime change with the resulting power vacuum being filled by much more radical elements,” Paul said. “Iraq, post-Saddam, is certainly far closer to Iran than before the US invasion. Will Libya be any different?”
Iran is are determined to ascertain the rights to nuclear holdings, and Iranian officials say any U.S. and/or NATO intervention in the matter will result in bitter stalemates such as those witnessed in Afghanistan over the past decade.
“[The] nuclear issue is just an excuse for the West to put pressure on the Islamic Republic of Iran and if it is resolved, the US and its allies would impose more sanctions against Iran under the pretext of human rights violations,” said Iranian Atomic Energy Director Fereydoun Abbasi in a report from The Islamic Republic News Agency on Monday.
As mainstream media and mainstream Presidential candidates call for tougher sanctions on Iran, the Iranian and Middle Eastern attitude toward Western intervention — as witnessed in the aforementioned quote from Islamic media — is very bitter. Currently, Iran is working with Russia to develop a “step by step” plan regarding the country’s nuclear issue. Though, Iranian officials continue to assert that any agreement must recognize Tehran’s nuclear rights.
As Middle Eastern leaders promise NATO aggressors bitter stalemates, faceless enemies, military occupations that can neither be won nor ended and “economic Jihad,” Paul calls for an end to American interventionism and a focus on national security and economic recovery at home.
“Neo-conservatives continue to dominate our foreign policy, regardless of the administration in power. They do not care that we are bankrupt, as they are too blinded by their desire for empire and their affection for the entangling alliances we have been rightly counseled to avoid,” said the candidate in his statement.
Paul considers Syria to be the next target of the Obama Administration, U.S. neoconservatives and their NATO counterparts:
“They have set their sights next on Syria, where the U.S. moves steadily toward intervention in another domestic conflict that has nothing to do with the U.S. Already the U.S. president has called for ‘regime change’ in Syria, while adding new sanctions against the Syrian regime. Are U.S. bombers far behind?”
Some people see any military advancement by the U.S. in Syria as a step toward an inevitable military occupation of Iran under the current foreign policy norm, considering the close foreign relations between the countries since the beginnings of the Islamic Republic.