In an interview Ron Paul discussed the United States foreign policy, the economy, and Iran. Can anyone question that our military is overstretched and the national debt is booming because of it? Can anyone debunk the fact that wars are predetermined?
It’s a proven fact that before 9/11 the Bush administration was contemplating invading Iraq and Afghanistan. In 2000 Project for a New American Century (PNAC) composed of inner circle Bush officials called for the westernization and militarization of the Middle East. Saying that these initiatives could not be possible without a “cataclysmic event” like a “new Pearl Harbor”, it seemed like the neoconservative think tank had a temporary moment of a physic ability. In an interview Ron Paul had this to say:
Because I’m against military activity in almost every circumstance when war isn’t declared. I recognize there are a few times our president could act but I think I pointed out in one of my speeches that I can’t remember a time that the president was required to act, i.e. that it was so necessary: the tanks were landing, there was a landing on our beach, the missiles were flying. It’s never happened.The president has the authority to repel an invasion or an attack. But going into Iran doesn’t make any sense whatsoever. It’s going to expand the war, spread the war, and probably close down the Straits of Hormuz. We don’t have the authority nationally or internationally. It’s just the most foolish thing I could conceive of. And yet it looks like there’s bipartisan consensus that we can’t take anything off the table. We can’t even take off the table that we might use a nuclear first strike to go after Iran. They don’t even have a weapon and our CIA says they probably can’t get one for 10 years. And even if they did have one, what are they going to do with it? Are they going to attack us? They wouldn’t do that.
Yet at the same time we stood up against the Soviet system. They probably had 30,000 nuclear warheads and they had the capability of launching missiles at us. We didn’t have to have a nuclear war to finally win the cold war. We talked to them and there were negotiations.
Their system was a failed system, and it failed. The Iranian [system] will fail too if we just leave them alone. They can never become a power capable of attacking us. They don’t have an air force, they don’t have a navy. It’s an unbelievable, hysterical reaction on our part to become so frightened that we have to attack people like Saddam Hussein. It just bewilders me how people can fall into a trap of believing these stories that are put out and that the media propagates.
To see the entire interview, click here: http://www.lewrockwell.com/orig8/shank1.html
To read Ron Paul’s speech before Congress titled silence the war drums, click here: http://www.lewrockwell.com/paul/paul304.html