Ron Paul Says U.S. May Be Setting Itself Up For Big Problems

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Last week, former Representative Ron Paul said that the United States should avoid meddling in the Syrian civil war, because U.S. intervention will benefit al-Qaida. The former lawmaker also posited that al-Qaida may have been responsible for the reported use of chemical weapons that has been blamed on Syrian leader Bashar Assad.

“We are not really positive who set off the gas,” Paul said, continuing, “The group that is most likely to benefit from that is Al-Qaida. They ignite some gas; some people die and blame it on Assad.”

The longtime lawmaker and libertarian hero contends that the United States would be better off further investigating the extent to which Islamic extremists have aligned themselves with the Syrian rebels.

“The implication is that Assad committed 100,000 killings,” he told FOX News’s Neil Cavuto. “There are a lot of factions out there, why don’t we ask about the al-Qaida? Why are we on the side of the al-Qaida right now? So I think they want the weapons. The rebels want the weapons. There’s a bunch of people in there and al-Qaida is part of it, and this is the test for us to drop a couple of bombs and then send in weapons.”

“Assad, I don’t think, is an idiot,” Paul continued. “I don’t think he would do this on purpose in order for the whole world to come down on him.”

Paul went on to suggest that U.S. military intervention in Syria will likely have unintended consequences.

“What if there is an accident and 100 Russians get killed by our bombs? Who knows? Some type of unintended consequences. Wars always expand because of unintended consequences. They always provide short-term war. Just think of all the promises over in Iraq: short term; not much money; it’s over; we’ll get that oil. And don’t believe it,” he said.

“We should look at what’s best for America. And not trying to pick sides in an impossible war like this won’t be on the side of the American people. And the American people, by a very large majority, are opposed to this war. The Constitution can’t support this war and morally we can’t support this war, getting involved in a civil war and a strife that’s been going on in that region for thousands of years,” he said.

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  • peter

    The rebels apparently have now claimed responsibility, so Kerry and Obama have a problem or two here. Firstly they are backing the rebels and secondly they need to come clean about the complicity of the CIA in the entire debacle. They would need to forgive me for not trusting them. So far neither has given me any reason to do so. How about you?

    • doktor don

      Be careful Bro. U never know who is listening or watching. Today, someone is always watching!

      • BEN CARSON & PALIN IN 2016

        If you feel that way, then why are you even on here commenting? If they are listening or watching I say to them: ” GO TO HELL!!!!”

      • Nadzieja Batki

        Let them wear themselves out whoever “they” are. “They” are already disliked by the American people so not being liked is some particular news to them?

    • gswifty

      That’s the first I’ve heard that. You have a link for that claim?

    • CSN

      Where did you find that? No one is reporting it.

  • CSN

    Stay out of the Shariah Wars……Isolationism is the American Way, and was when this country was started….STOP THE WAR MONGERING AND GET OUT OF WARS WHICH ARE NOT OUR BUSINESS!

    • Moustache The First

      It’s a matter of semantics sometimes in these debates, but the true patriot, Ron Paul, explains it is not they we need to isolate, but to stifle the power elite & Globalists & their dark agenda. Rather than ISOLATIONISM, we need NON-INTERVENTIONISM!

      http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20070724093128AAkQZ9o

      • vicki

        Semantics and definition is important OFTEN in these debates.
        Here is the LP platform on the subject of National Defense.
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        3.1 National Defense
        We support the maintenance of a sufficient military to defend the United States against aggression. The United States should both avoid entangling alliances and abandon its attempts to act as policeman for the world. We oppose any form of compulsory national service. http://www.lp.org/platform
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        And here is the founders solution to National Defense.

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        “A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free
        state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be
        infringed.”

        http://www.law.cornell.edu/constitution/second_amendment
        ———————————————-

        • RAND PAUL IN 2016

          That is why I’m a Libertarian!

    • vicki

      Can we please also stop sending them our tax dollars?

  • tinkerunique

    With our CURRENT national debt and the past DEFUNDING of our military forces ( BY O’BUMMER), we cannot afford to go to war. There has been war of some sort in that region for lifetimes. Why does the American people have to fund a civil war so far overseas ?

    • don

      tinker – we don’t; and, we shouldn’t without first passing a War Tax! No Tax – – no intervention. Our National Debt is an Abomination!

      • vicki

        Lets first start by repealing the income tax. Then maybe there would be some money available for a “war” tax.

  • Patriot66

    Both al-Qaida and other organizations that can make mass profits should be suspect. This includes Halliburton, Academi, ISRAELand various other defense corporations have good reasons to influence this war, especially with the other wars winding down… As far as I’m concerned, each rebel that is killed, is just one less muslim terrorist we no longer need to worry about. I say we arm Assad and let him go to town.

  • Moshe Mccarthy

    STAY OUT!!!!!…….If we use any money help the refugees who had to leave & cross the borders into other nations!

  • chuckb

    Ron Paul is right. We do not have any business in the Syrian civil war, Barry is using that conflict to cover his tracks, he is slowly drowning in his scandals, eventually the wimpy Republicans will impeach him.(maybe) “We should impeach the entire Congress”

    Barry would love to start a war to protect himself, he also at the same time would hand over another nation to the Muslim Brotherhood, his blood brothers. .

    Our nation is heavily infuenced by the Zionist, and it’s hard to understand how they would benefit by the Brotherhood taking over Syria, yet, they seem to be egging it on. We really can’t blame Barry for this, he is only a puppet, a mouth piece in front of the teleprompter, he hasn’t a clue what’s happening here.
    This also pertains to a large part of the welfare nation, they only care about the next hand out for free, that’s why we have this clown in the White House and the dead head sitting next to him.

    deport all the Muslims back to their origin and isolate the middle east along with Africa. They will soon breed themselves our of existence.

  • Beverly Seymour

    He is absolutely right. Anybody remember when Bush was selling Iraq as a war, that the oil there would pay for it and they estimated a cost of $83 billion? Does anybody know to this day what happened to the oil there and who got it? Who is selling it at what price? Why has our gas been higher than in history since then? When America let Arabs run their lands, gas was 25 cents a gallon. Did the taxpayers pay for that war and our young warriors fight and incur terrible wounds for what??? In Syria you have two groups both opposed to and declared enemies of the US and the US welfare is not involved. Why not let them fight it out and kill each other and save American lives and American dollars (which we are broke and will have to borrow from China.) Why is all that money going for wars in Arab lands? It is like they brainwash anyone who sets foot in Washington and suddenly their priority is EVERYBODY BUT AMERICANS. Next they will be wanting to drag thousands of those people over here as “refugees” (but not Afrikaners, they are still too European) so they can grow up and disrupt this country and demand sharia laws. Anybody checked the state of culture in Europe lately? Let them run their own countries and let them fight their own wars and let them kill their own youth. Why doesn’t the RICH ARAB LEAGUE go in there and do something? If an outside war is to be initiated, then LET THE REGIONAL COUNTRIES PAY FOR IT AND DIE FOR IT. They are suggesting “no boots on the ground”. Yeh, right, if anybody buys that one AGAIN we deserve the chaos we get. Americans need to hit the streets in protest, en masse.

  • vicki

    We should stay out of Syria for the same reason that we should be avoiding ALL foreign entanglements as our forefathers wisely intended.

  • Chris

    Let Them kill themselves off over there ,and stay the hell out!!!!!

  • doktor don

    . . . just a bit of, “tongue-in-check,” your Moron!