Ron Paul’s statement: “Iraq – An End or an Escalation?”

Ron Paul’s statement: “Iraq – An End or an Escalation?” 

http://paul.house.gov/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=1767:iraq-an-end-or-an-escalation&catid=31:texas-straight-talk

Iraq – An End or an Escalation?
Amid much fanfare last week, the last supposed “combat” troops left Iraq as the administration touted the beginning of the end of the Iraq War and a change in the role of the United States in that country.  Considering the continued public frustration with the war effort, and with the growing laundry list of broken promises, this was merely another one of the administration’s operations in political maneuvering and semantics in order to convince an increasingly war-weary public that the Iraq War is at last ending.  However, military officials confirm that we are committed to intervention in that country for years to come, and our operations have in fact, changed minimally, if really at all.After eight long draining years, I have to wonder if our government even understands what it is to end a war anymore.  The end of a war, to most people, means all the troops come home, out of harm’s way.  It means we stop killing people and getting killed.  It means we stop sending troops and armed personnel over and draining our treasury for military operations in that foreign land.  But much like the infamous “mission accomplished” moment of the last administration, this “end” of the war also means none of those things.

50,000 US troops remain in Iraq, and they are still receiving combat pay.  One soldier was killed in Basra just last Sunday, after the supposed end of combat operations, and the same day 5,000 men and women of the 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment at Fort Hood were deployed to Iraq.  Their mission will be anything but desk duty.  Among other things they will accompany the Iraqi military on dangerous patrols, continue to be involved in the hunt for terrorists, and provide air support for the Iraqi military.  They should be receiving combat pay, because they will be serving a combat role! 

Of course the number of private contractors – who perform many of the same roles as troops, but for a lot more money – is expected to double.  So this is a funny way of ending combat operations in Iraq.  We are still meddling in their affairs and we are still putting our men and women in danger, and we are still spending money we don’t have.  This looks more like an escalation than a draw-down to me!

The ongoing war in Iraq takes place against a backdrop of economic crisis at home, as fresh numbers indicate that our economic situation is as bad as ever, and getting worse!  Our foreign policy is based on an illusion: that we are actually paying for it. What we are doing is borrowing and printing the money to maintain our presence overseas. Americans are seeing the cost of this irresponsible approach as our economic decline continues. Unemployed Americans have been questioning a policy that ships hundreds of billions of dollars overseas while their own communities crumble and their frustration is growing.  An end to this type of foreign policy is way overdue. 

A return to the traditional American foreign policy of active private engagement and non-interventionism is the only alternative that can restore our moral and fiscal health.

18 Responses to “Ron Paul’s statement: “Iraq – An End or an Escalation?””

  • Patriot says:

    Ron Paul’s foreign policy advisor (during his latest presidential run) Philip Giraldi:

    Somebody’s Son or Daughter is Our Tragedy

    http://tinyurl.com/somebodyssonordaughter

    Is the US Bankrupt (via fighting unnecessary wars)?

    US between two Wars – Empire

    http://america-hijacked.com/2010/08/27/the-us-between-two-wars-empire/

    US Partial Withdrawal from Iraq

    http://america-hijacked.com/2010/08/31/us-partial-withdrawal-from-iraq/

  • The same ruse as “the cold war”. That one lasted most of my life. I expect this phony BS to last for the rest of it. Truly Orwellian.

    \\ll//

  • claudius stahlkopf says:

    The morrons do not learn fast
    Vietnam was a disaster for the American’s prestige, the war end up in the ridicule chaos
    Afghanistan will finish the work , and expose the USA once for all for what they are , a country full of wind and greed .
    The only country in the world who suffer from decadence and barbarity at the same time
    Go home Yankee’s safe your young’s morrons from an early death, that will be the first step into the world of adult .

  • Anon says:

    Unfortunately “closing” the door on the war on Iraq in the public’s mind will allow the possibility of opening up the war on Iran without it seeming like we’re fighting multiple wars at the same time. The “official” count will just be Iran, meanwhile we’ll have 3 wars going on simultaneously unbeknown to the general population.

  • profnasty says:

    All nations will pay tribute to Israel.—-Jerusalem The world is not enough—-London. America has become slavic just as Poland and Russia were once slavic. Stop complaining. Just do….or die.

  • carl says:

    I like what Willy said, it could be that way. Then again, maybe that weird stuff at the Denver airport is for real. If the U.S. does go to war with Iran, the rest of our lives may be quite short.

  • Patriotpete says:

    It’s over. Ding dong it’s over!!! The President said it’s over, so it must be.

  • mike says:

    The only solution is a massive worldwide revolution..

  • Raul Galeano says:

    Ron Paul. A true leader for America that we could not choose, Why?
    We are been brain washed to believe in CNN or FOX and to only see through the two party system.
    Elections in 2012 maybe we will due the right thing this time, if there is time…. maybe. Wake up America!!!!

  • Mike S says:

    Ron Paul for President.

  • zenpiper says:

    I think Dr. Paul missed Obama’s real agenda: to give some US troops a breather before the US and Israel invade Iran. They will use Iran’s new nuclear capability as an excuse, and claim that the ‘stability and security of the MidEast is at stake.’ Fooey.

  • Tomas says:

    Ron Paul…MY president…

    We have a chance…and Dr. Paul garnered a lot of attention in the last election. Please read up on RP’s history and positions on issues.

    He’s whip-smart, a true patriot and he deserves our support.

  • Gina D. says:

    False Flags for world dominated FASCIST Corporation to make Billions of dollars, that is the main purpose of ALL wars, except here in America we can’t secure our borders ? Why ? No money to made keeping Drugs OUT only money to made to keep drugs flowing IN….Americans fighting wars to protect “FREEDOM” not for Freedom of our citizens & our constitution, it is Freedom for BIG Corp.’s to make illegal gains by death & destruction of others….
    This why America is falling down into the aybss, Fascism has destroyed it to it’s core………..

  • jollyroger says:

    Of course we knew this would be so. Barry Soerto is a liar and a communist zionist.
    It is time for American Patriots to resist and rebel against this evil, morally and criminaly bankrupt government. America will not survive another unconstitutional war nor another bankster bailout. Unless there is a real and definate change in the government, it’s curtains for this nation. Say goodbye to to liberty and freedom, say hello to marshall law and death camps.

  • Matzoball says:

    Ron Paul has a large, but silent, following.

    Republican Party is the Likud Party West.

    Democrats belong to Israel for 60 years.

    Tea Party is already hijacked by Wm Kristol and Sarah Palin..two notorious neocons.

    If Ron paul makes great gains I fear for his safety.

  • UNF says:

    Why does RP slander the Iraqi Resistance by calling them Terrorists?

    Is it not perfectly normal, indeed legally and morally irreproachable, to forcefully resist the military invasion/occupation forces of a foreign aggressor? Or does this principle not apply in RP’s book if the aggressor is U$-Empire?

    For comparison – in WW2, were the European Resistance forces fighting Nazi occupation terrorists? It seems like only a Nazi could think such a thing.

    RP’s abuse of language and logic here indicates he sides with the warcriminal aggressor rather than the intended victims who exercise their perfectly legitimate right to self-defence, thus RP ultimately reveals himself as another mealy-mouthed apologist for U$-Imperial terrorism.

    As such, he qualifies himself as a hypocrite on the subject of ‘moral health’.

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    Unity and Victory to the Resistance !!
    Everyone has a part to play … Rome wasn’t burnt in a day !!

  • Mihail says:

    The jewish devil will not stop until America is finish,the Bible says in Revelation 18 that Israheel prostitute(America)is going to burn in one day.You have to tank the useful idiots like Christian-zionist for this.Revelation 2:9,,3:9.Jews are KHAZAR,IMPOSTORS,FAKE ADOPTED THIS SATIN RELIGION IN 740 BLACK SEE KINGDOM OF KHAZARIA.
    http://www.realzionistnews.com

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