The United States is yet again on the cusp of a military excursion in the Middle East over rumors of WMDs. The propagandists in the mainstream media that have lied us into dozens of conflicts over the past three decades now purport that Bashar al-Assad used chemical weapons against his own people.
President Trump condemned Assad and announced that he would consider military intervention. Secretary of State Tillerson also announced that “steps are underway” to remove Assad from power.
More than a decade ago, the United States was having similar discussions over WMDs in Iraq. The neocons in Washington desperately wanted to oust Saddam Hussein from power, but one man had the courage to stand up and warn that “war is a political mistake.”
On September 18th, 2002, Congressman Ron Paul stood on the House floor to warn his colleagues of the disasters that would ensue if the United States invaded Iraq.
“Mr. Speaker, I have for years advocated a moral and constitutional approach to our foreign policy. This has been done in the sincerest belief that a policy of peace, trade, and friendship with all nations is far superior in all respects to a policy of war, protectionism, and confrontation. But in the Congress I find, with regards to foreign affairs, no interest in following the precepts of the Constitution and the advice of our early Presidents. Interventionism, internationalism, inflationism, protectionism, jingoism, and bellicosity are much more popular in our nation’s capital than a policy of restraint.
I have heard all the arguments on why we must immediately invade and occupy Iraq and have observed that there are only a few hardy souls left in the Congress who are trying to stop this needless, senseless, and dangerous war. They have adequately refuted every one of the excuses for this war of aggression; but, obviously, either no one listens, or the unspoken motives for this invasion silence those tempted to dissent….
War is not politically beneficial for two reasons: innocent people die, and the economy is always damaged. These two things, after the dust settles from the hype and the propaganda, always make the people unhappy. The euphoria associated with the dreams of grandiose and painless victories is replaced by the stark reality of death, destruction, and economic pain. Instead of euphoria, we end up with heartache as we did after the Bay of Pigs, Korea, Vietnam, Somalia, and Lebanon…”
Click here to read the rest of Congressman Paul’s 2002 speech on AntiWar.com.