Candidate Was Right About Iraq?
Thomas J. DiLorenzo
by Thomas J. DiLorenzo
by Thomas DiLorenzo: Radio’s
Voice of Freedom: The Great Ron Smith
Of all the
candidates running for the Republican nomination, only one was right
– if not prescient – about the big foreign policy issue of the day,
namely, the war in Iraq. I speak of course of Congressman Ron Paul.
The whole world now knows, as even the CIA has admitted, that the
war was based on a lie; there never were any "weapons of mass
destruction" that threatened the U.S.; Saddam Hussein, as evil
as he was, posed no threat to America; and he had nothing whatsoever
to do with 9/11. Bin Laden in fact hated Hussein because Iraq was
a secular society.
Nor does the
neocon chant that the terrorists attacked on 9/11 because "they
hate our freedoms" make any sense at all. America was much
freer decades ago before it became the fascist police state that
it is today, and there were no terrorist attacks back then. The
truth is that it is the neocons, with their PATRIOT Act, threats
to suspend Habeas Corpus (and even the internet), warrantless wiretaps,
internet censorship and spying, and their chant that "9/11
changed everything!" (translation: the hell with the Constitution)
who are the real enemies of American freedom.
All of the
bought-and-paid-for neocon chickenhawks who are running for the
Republican nomination, from Newt Gingrich to Mitt Romney and Rick
Santorum, were and are cheerleaders for endless unconstitutional
war in the Middle East. They never, ever, seem to get enough of
it. Only Ron Paul has expressed learned intelligence grounded in
history and constitutionalism on the issue. Anyone who is interested
should read his 2007 book, A
Foreign Policy of Freedom: Peace, Commerce, and Honest Friendship.
The book is
a collection of Congressman Paul’s speeches in the U.S. House of
Representatives on the topic of foreign policy. On September 14,
2001, Congressman Paul made perhaps his most important point about
the then-threatened wars in Iraq and Afghanistan when he said, "it
is crucial to understand why we were attacked, which then will tell
us by whom we were attacked." The neocon establishment ignored
him, the result of which was the senseless war in Iraq that led
to needless death of thousands of American soldiers and hundreds
of thousands of Iraqi civilians.
Paul warned against "inadvertent or casual acceptance of civilian
deaths as part of this war," the neocon establishment ignored
him and proceeded to demonize all Muslims everywhere to "justify"
the indiscriminate murder of civilians. By contrast, the bloodthirsty
and quite insane-sounding New Gingrich, who is now said to be "rising
in the polls," once wrote a Wall Street Journal article
arguing for the military invasion and occupation of Iran, Syria,
Lebanon, and North Korea all at once. Such an endeavor could never
occur without the resurrection of military conscription.
In 2001 Congressman
Paul warned against "finding ourselves needlessly entrenched
in conflicts unrelated to our national security," which of
course is exactly what has occurred over the past decade, repeating
the American foreign policy record of the past several decades.
The latest gambit is military invention in Central Africa of all
places, where the Obama administration has sent "military advisors,"
25, 2001 Congressman Paul warned his congressional colleagues that
it is "no easy task to destroy an almost invisible, ubiquitous
enemy spread throughout the world, without expanding the war or
infringing on our liberties here at home . . . above all else .
. . our mandate and our key constitutional responsibility [is] protecting
liberty and providing for national security." The neocon wars
of aggression in the Middle East have made Americans less
secure by creating more enemies in the Muslim world while
turning America into a fascist police state, the symbols of which
are the jack-booted thugs (and quite a few perverts) known as TSA
bureaucrats, with their naked x-ray porno-tron machines and their
rubber-gloved groping of thousands of travelers every day, including
small children and the elderly wearing adult diapers.
In the same
speech Congressman Paul pointed out the absurdity of "rewarding"
government failures with bigger budgets and more bureaucrats. (I
call this DiLorenzo’s first law of politics: In government, failure
is success). "Bureaucracies by nature are ineffiecient,"
he wrote. "The FBI and CIA records [about terrorists] come
up short. The FBI loses computers and guns and is careless with
records. The CIA rarely provides timely intelligence. The FAA’s
idea of security against hijackers is asking all passengers who
packed their bag."
obvious truths "the clamor now," the congressman wrote
in 2011, was "to give more authority and money to these agencies,"
which of course was done. In government, failure is success. The
alternative proposed by Congressman Paul at the time was to privatize
the FAA and allow the airlines to handle their own security. He
pointed out the obvious fact that, had the FAA allowed pilots to
arm themselves, 9/11 would never have happened.
Paul also provided a precise definition of a war in Afghanistan
in his September 25, 2001 speech: "a foolish invasion of a
remote country with a forbidding terrain . . . a country that no
foreign power has ever conquered throughout history." This,
too, was ignored completely by the neocon establishment. Instead
of an endless quagmire in a country like Afghanistan, Congressman
Paul recommended the targeting of "Osama bin Laden and his
key supporters" instead. The neocon establishment was not the
least bit interested in this either, for their main objective was
(and is) to militarily occupy the entire Middle Ease to protect
"American interests," which essentially means the interests
of a relatively small handful of corporations who rake in billions
while financially supporting the careers of the Washington political
establishment. It is not the "interest" of the average
American taxpayer that is of any concern to them.
an overseas empire is incompatible with the American tradition of
liberty and prosperity," Congressman Paul said on the floor
of the U.S. House of Representatives on September 5, 2002, echoing
the foreign policy views of George Washington and Thomas Jefferson.
He predicted that "the financial drain and the antagonism that
it causes with our enemies, and even our friends, will finally force
the American people to reject that policy outright." As the
dollar continues to be devalued by the Fed’s legalized counterfeiting
machine, creating new financial bubbles that are bound to burst
eventually, Congressman Paul’s prediction is bound to become reality.
His opponents in the race for the Republican nomination, by contrast,
behave like so many finely-groomed, expensive suit-wearing ostriches
with their heads firmly implanted in the sand.
J. DiLorenzo [send him mail]
is professor of economics at Loyola College in Maryland and the
author of The
Real Lincoln; Lincoln
Unmasked: What You’re Not Supposed To Know about Dishonest Abe
Capitalism Saved America. His latest book is Hamilton’s
Curse: How Jefferson’s Archenemy Betrayed the American Revolution
– And What It Means for America Today.
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