Ron Paul Straight Talk: The American Public Is Tired Of Warmongers

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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 U.S. 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 U.S.-led attack on Syria. The UK had always reliably backed the U.S. 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 U.S. 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 U.S. 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 U.S. 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.

Personal Liberty

Ron Paul

Former Representative Ron Paul has maintained a steadfast consistency in speaking out against executive power, taxation and war. Unlike many of his Republican peers, as a Congressman, he voted against the Patriot Act and against the Iraq war. He has voted against farm subsidies and regulating the Internet, which is in line with his interest in reducing government spending and the role of the Federal government. Paul has also expressed his opposition to the war on drugs, saying that the government's efforts have actually been a war on doctors. These and other controversial opinions have often caused tension with his Republican counterparts. Paul is the author of many books, including End The Fed, Liberty Defined and Revolution: A Manifesto. Along with a lengthy political career as a Congressman and Presidential candidate, Paul has also worked as a respected obstetrician in his home State of Texas. Since his retirement from Congress in 2013, Paul has stayed busy encouraging Americans to fight for liberty by founding the Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity and his own news channel.

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  • Laverner1

    Does anyone recall the “Domino Theory?” For those to young to have been around prior to the Viet Nam War, this was the underlying theory used to justify the war. Simply put, if South Viet Nam fell to Communism, Cambodia, Laos, Burma, Indonesia, etc. would all topple to the power of centrist communist dumas. It did not happen! In fact, North Viet Nam has not directly attempted to support the overthrow of any other government. So, the Domino Theory was disproven by what proved to be a Vietnamese civil war.
    So today, we are confronted by the reality of middle east dysfunctional governments almost everywhere, some of our making and others by our “Iron Curtain” enemies. Together, we have made a mess of the mid-east and the reality is that we stand no chance of bringing sanity to those environs. In Syria, it does not matter where we strike, as we will hit friends, enemies, Al Queda, Hezballah, Syrians, Islamic terrorists, children, schools, etc. without discrimination. Why, because there is no way to discriminate. Weapons we give to friends will end up in the hands of enemies and they will at some point be turned against us. We cannot choose the winner….we can root for some group but self determination is just that….the winner finds a way…so be it!

    • Robert Messmer

      Yep I remember it. Called it BS then and as you say was proven right. Even if it had been right, was still no justification for the US to involve itself in the Vietnamese civil war. Part of the problem was that we had no understanding of their culture and the area was transitioning from being French Indochina to independent countries.

      • Deerinwater

        So true with both posting gentleman, ~ deliberately creating “vacuums’ of power with some grand notion we (America) can control how these vacuums are filled. ~ It has worked before and evidently some still hold on to the belief that it can happen again.

        Maybe the entire world has got a bit smarter about such “Skunk Works”

        i’ll be the first to admit, ~ I held no appreciation for the “language” used by the current administration as it went about addressing this chemical attack that happened in Syria.

        To so much as “imply” America might favor one faction over another , i find absurd and very upsetting. ~ It’s not that I don’t care as I do ~~ just not that much.

        My silence in the overthrow of Moammar Gadhafi has been misunderstood. Gadhafi had innocent non-combatants blood on his hands, victims that had nothing to do with his ambitions.

        To whom gets the credit for the US “Stand Down” ~ I really don’t care. While I would tend to believe the credit goes to cooler heads and reason on the part of many.

        But if it’s like some propose, ~this is the beginning of a “New World Order” that Syria is only now placed in play, as Libya has fallen, then this is not by any means over. Assad better dig in for a long siege as I don’t know exactly how long brighter and cooler minds can prevail.

        • Bill

          It’s heart-warming and encouraging that rank & file
          Americans are thinking for themselves and no longer
          parrot the “party line” put forth by the Administration.
          Viet Nam was the perfect example of neo-colonialism
          costing us many lives and vast sums for nothing.
          It may be that there is hope for the US yet.

        • rhondareichel

          Gadaffi had the highest standard of living in his country of all of Africa. He was killing al Qaeda probably sent there to distabilize his country just like they are doing in Syria
          http://whatreallyhappened.com/WRHARTICLES/soyouwantawar.php

  • guy r west

    when viet nam started i was old enought too inlist and yep i tryed but was diclaired 4F unfit for military service becouse of a visual impairment what happened over there was to say the least a trdigy considering every thing that happened and all those men and wemen lost.Now oboman and the demicrats want to do it all over again Obomia and his red lines and meddleing where we ar not wanted and from what i read hated by most . trying to aid and suport the verry groups at least in part who would distroy our country There is no way that i know of to protect the christins who are being prusicouted and killed . i can under stand them wanting to fight and protect their homes and famileys God knows ide want to to if it were the other way around , and God i hope and pray not but it could happen here as well. some one starts shooting at me i want to bee able to shoot back. I want to bee able to read my bible wourshup as i wish be able to feed my familey with at least some degree of knolage no on es gona
    stop me that is changeing even in our country it must bee stoped . this adminstration has said it HE will stand with the musluims. even against us or at least this is what ive read. with all the two faced lies and double dealing back stabing secret meetings behind closed doors and trying to give this countrys sovernty away How can we beleave any thing thats beeing said .
    i pray for the safety of these christin syerans and all christins . i pray for got to grant our leaders and us wisdom coursage and stength to stand up for whats right . for America her people ill regardlwess of race collor cred or religus alfilations . America its time to stand up fopr God and Jesus christ and what you know in your heart is right