Rep. Ron Paul statement on new Iran sanctions act

Rep. Ron Paul statement on new Iran sanctions act

Statement on Mark-up of HR 1905, the Iran Threat Reduction Act of 2011
House Foreign Affairs Committee

Rep. Ron Paul, M.D.

November 2, 2011

I would like to express my concerns over the Iran Threat Reduction Act of 2011 and my opposition to it being brought to the Floor for a vote. Let us be clear on one critical matter: the sanctions against Iran mandated by this legislation are definite steps toward a US attack on Iran. They will also, if actually applied, severely disrupt global trade and undermine the US economy, thereby harming our national security.

I am surprised and disturbed that the committee viewed this aggressive legislation to be so bipartisan and uncontroversial that a recorded vote was not even called.

Some may argue that we are pursuing sanctions so as to avoid war with Iran, but recent history teaches us otherwise. For how many years were sanctions placed on Iraq while we were told they were necessary to avoid war? Thousands of innocent Iraqis suffered and died under US sanctions and still the US invaded, further destroying the country. Are we safer after spending a trillion dollars or more to destroy Iraq and then rebuild it?

These new sanctions against Iran increasingly target other countries that seek to trade with Iran. The legislation will severely punish foreign companies or foreign subsidiaries of US companies if they do not submit to the US trade embargo on Iran. Some 15 years after the Iran Sanctions Act of 1996 failed to bring Iran to its knees, it is now to be US foreign policy to threaten foreign countries and companies.

During this mark-up one of my colleagues argued that if Mercedes-Benz wants to sell trucks to Iran, they should not be allowed to do business in the United States. Does anyone believe this is a good idea? I wonder how the Americans working at the Mercedes-Benz factory in Tuscaloosa County, Alabama would feel about banning Mercedes from the United States. Or perhaps we might ask the 7,600 Americans who work in the BMW factory in Spartanburg, SC how they would feel. Should the American consumer be denied the right to purchase these products? Is the United States really prepared to take such aggressive and radical action against its NATO ally Germany?

Likewise, the application of the sanctions in this legislation would have a dramatic impact on US commercial and diplomatic relations with Russia and China, who both do business with Iran. It would impose strong sanctions on these countries and would prohibit foreign business leaders – and their spouses and children – from entering the United States. Do we want to start a trade war – or worse – with Russia and China?

The Iran Threat Reduction Act authorizes what will no doubt be massive amounts of US taxpayer money to undermine the Iranian government and foment another “Green Revolution” there. We will establish and prop up certain factions over others, send them enormous amounts of money, and attempt to fix any resulting elections so that our preferred candidates win. Considering the disturbing aftermath of our “democracy promotion” operations in places like Egypt, Iraq, Libya, where radical forces have apparently come out on top, it may be fair to conclude that such actions actually undermine US national security rather than bolster it.

Sanctions do not work. They are precursors to war and usually lead to war. They undermine our economy and our national security. They result in terrible, unnecessary suffering among the civilian population in the target countries and rarely even inconvenience their leaders. We must change our foreign policy from one of interventionism and confrontation to cooperation and diplomacy. This race to war against Iran is foolhardy and dangerous. As with the war on Iraq, the arguments for further aggression and war on Iran are based on manipulations and untruths. We need to learn our lesson and reject this legislation and the push for war.

The Folly of Sanctions

By Ron Paul

We should be clear about this: sanctions against Iran are definite steps toward a US attack.

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6 Responses to “Rep. Ron Paul statement on new Iran sanctions act”

  • Ghulam Khaleel says:

    We need to get our house in order to correct the unemployment and so many Americans that do not have health insurance, food on the table, can not send their children to college or pay their mortgage. Yet we are sending $ 3 Billion to Israel, For WHAT ? Why did we have to get 50 thousand of our young men wounded in Iraq war and several thousand in Afghanistan. How long can we keep fighting wars for Israel.
    Let Israelis handle their own problem. How much more deficit can we tolerate. Am I paying my taxes to the Government to send to Israel as a gift every year and for What ? I want the Treasury Dept to give me the detailed account of my tax dollars as to how they spent it. Wake up America we need to get our house in order and draw our own foreign policy and not allow the Jewish lobby to make American foreign policy. I am astonished to see how many times our Senators and Congressmen give standing ovation to any Israeli Prime minister when he speaks for Israel. We are heading towards WW III if we do not understand the mischievous acts of Zionist regime.

  • Mad says:

    Ron Paul is so honest, I’m afraid the American sheeple will not elect him because of the Zionist control over the media will not allow his views to be presented fairly. I’m going to support him and I’ve “recruited” my family to join Ron Paul’s revolution towards freedom.

  • ZOOM says:

    Hi all from England

    Ron Paul M.D. Is someone ‘i believe’ the American people need as there next President and i for sure implore all decent hardworking americans to vote for him he is probably the only one who can undo the damage done by Crypto America Israeli Zionist. These are the real Al-Qaida terrorists (Data Base of terrorists)

    From what i see and understand Ron Paul is a true American Patriot who is steadfast on what the founding fathers stood for and heldsfast too the great america constitution.

    He understands the constitution and is able to convey it simply and able to apply it to ones every day life.

    Ron is exactly right in every deep thought word he has uttered on the above statement on Iran.

    Iran is not a threat to israel but israel is a threat to Iran and all other surrounding countries that area.

    The Zionist are all over our government in England the mana carter has been thrown out by our Zionist buddy Queen and the EU is ZIONIST infested its a massive problem world wide infact.

    A must read:
    An excellent book was recently published by(ex-Zionist) Gilad Atzmon. The Wandering Who? This book is an excellent insight into jewish identy politics and zionism,tribalism,marxism and capitalism etc etc

    I wish you all the best as do many of us over here america.


  • Oizaz Lahcen says:

    As long as Ron Paul is not convinced about the fact that the attacks on 9 / 11 is not the work of Muslim extremists, but of the same group that carried out the attack on the USSLiberty his chances for an election are very small. 9 / 11 is the smoking gun. He should raise this issue in order to finally reverse the tide. Of course, the abolition of the Fed is a crucial part of it. The fed is the resource of this evil power. Half of the world oil reserves are or will be wasted on wars and destruction. It is time to build sustainable structures to ensure prosperity for all and to empower the peoples with correct information.

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