Another Illegal Killerthon
by Ron Paul: Fed
on Libya Defining U.S. National Security Interests, Before
the Foreign Affairs Committee, US House of Representatives, 31 March
people have once again been suckered into an unconstitutional, undeclared,
illegal, and unwise war. This is not a war in response to an attack
on the United States. This is not a war against a regime that has
threatened the United States. This is a preventative war. The president
never claimed that any large-scale slaughter of civilians was taking
place in Libya. Rather, the president has spent close to a billion
dollars so far bombing a country because its government might
at some point harm its civilians.
consulted NATO, the United Nations, and the Arab League for permission
and authorization to use US military force against Libya. He ignored
the one body that has the legal authority to grant that permission,
the US Congress.
While we have
not seen credible proof nor has it been claimed that
the Gaddafi regime has engaged in any large-scale slaughter of Libyan
civilians, we see increasing reports of civilians who have been
killed in airstrikes by the forces that are supposed to protect
them! It seems we may be causing the very problem our intervention
was supposed to prevent.
of the administrations public speculation about whether or
not to arm the Libyan rebels, we hear from the media that the president
already instructed the CIA to arm and assist the rebels several
weeks ago. So we have gone from the phony pretext of stopping a
massacre of civilians to engaging the US military and covert operatives
directly to fight on one side of a civil war.
Who are the
rebels we are fighting for in Libya? We dont fully know. Press
reports suggest that there are some 1,000 jihadists fighting on
their behalf. Are we arming al Qaeda in Libya? It certainly appears
This is not
really a new war. It is in fact a continuation of the neoconservatives'
22-year war to remake the Middle East. Unfortunately the president
has ignored the US constitution and decided instead to continue
this misguided policy. This is a deeply flawed foreign policy that
will only lead to escalation, blowback, and unintended consequences.
Ultimately it is leading us to financial catastrophe. We must abandon
the fantasy that we can police the world before its too late.
Congress must stand up and say no to this illegal war.
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