On October 8, 2002 Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX) spoke about the 2002 Iraq Resolution of Pre-Emptive War, during a House floor speech, a resolution which he voted against, saying that it was essentially illegal to transfer the power to declare war away from the People of the US, through the Congress over to the President – or to the United Nations. Furthermore, to go to war pre-emptively, before Iraq had shown any sign of attacking the US (quite the contrary) was tantamount to “Going to war through the back door…[when] there is no convincing evidence that Iraq is capable of threatening the security of this country.”
I wonder if, with the hindsight we now have, the American People would listen to Ron Paul today?
It is tragic, not only for the United States but for the millions of innocent people killed, maimed, economically ruined and displaced, both at home and in the countries of South Asia which were destroyed in both of the Gulf Wars and in Afghanistan, that the closest thing to an honest politician in America in the past 50 years was scoffed at and overlooked by the Criminal Mainstream Media and then, finally he grew too old and retired.
It’s more than likely that the only choices Americans will have to look forward to, in the 2016 Presidential Elections are a panoply of comprommised, bribed or blackmailed people, who will dig us deeper into our collective grave.
The Iraq Position Locator During the 2012 Presidential Election
Against the war.
Supported Bush’s decision to go to war but has said that the postinvasion period was “mismanaged.”
Supported the invasion then, supports it now.
Strongly supported the war from the beginning. Voted for and co-sponsored the 2002 resolution.
Voted to authorize the use of force in Iraq in October 2002.
Voted to authorize the war, urging Bush to use this “awesome responsibility” only “as a last resort.”
Opposed the war from the start. “Saddam poses no imminent and direct threat to the United States, or to his neighbors,” he said in 2002.
Voted to authorize the war in 2002, declaring that the United States must “eliminate the threat posed by Saddam Hussein’s weapons of mass destruction.”
Voted to authorize the war in 2002.
Voted against the 2002 joint Iraq resolution. Warned that using force without first exhausting diplomatic methods “will be harmful to our war on terrorism.”
Timeline of the Iraq Resolution
(October 2, 2002) Joint Resolution [by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress] to Authorize the Use of United States Armed Forces Against Iraq
(House of Representatives – October 8, 2002) Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Iraq Resolution of 2002. Full transcript of Ron Paul’s statement opposing the Authorization.
(House of Representatives – October 8, 2002) Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Iraq Resolution of 2002. Congressional Record of the session.
(House of Representatives – October 16, 2001) “Mr. HYDE. Madam Speaker, I move to suspend the rules and pass the Senate bill (S. 1465) to authorize the President to exercise waivers of foreign assistance restrictions with respect to Pakistan through September 30, 2003, and for other purposes.”