Lead To War
By Ron Paul
Statement on H.R.4133 – United States-Israel Enhanced
Security Cooperation Act of 2012, May 9, 2012
Mr. Speaker: I rise in opposition to HR 4133, the United
States-Israel Enhanced Security Cooperation Act, which
unfortunately is another piece of one-sided and
counter-productive foreign policy legislation. This bill's real
intent seems to be more saber-rattling against Iran and Syria,
and it undermines US diplomatic efforts by making clear that the
US is not an honest broker seeking peace for the Middle East.
The bill calls for the United States to significantly increase
our provision of sophisticated weaponry to Israel, and states
that it is to be US policy to "help Israel preserve its
qualitative military edge" in the region.
While I absolutely believe that Israel – and any other nation --
should be free to determine for itself what is necessary for its
national security, I do not believe that those decisions should
be underwritten by US taxpayers and backed up by the US
This bill states that it is the policy of the United States to
"reaffirm the enduring commitment of the United States to the
security of the State of Israel as a Jewish state." However,
according to our Constitution the policy of the United States
government should be to protect the security of the United
States, not to guarantee the religious, ethnic, or cultural
composition of a foreign country. In fact, our own Constitution
prohibits the establishment of any particular religion in the
More than 20 years after the reason for NATO's existence – the
Warsaw Pact – has disappeared, this legislation seeks to find a
new mission for that anachronistic alliance: the defense of
Israel. Calling for "an expanded role for Israel within the
North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), including an enhanced
presence at NATO headquarters and exercises," it reads like a
dream for interventionists and the military industrial complex.
As I have said many times, NATO should be disbanded not
This bill will not help the United States, it will not help
Israel, and it will not help the Middle East. It will implicitly
authorize much more US interventionism in the region at a time
when we cannot afford the foreign commitments we already have.
It more likely will lead to war against Syria, Iran, or both. I
urge my colleagues to vote against this bill.
Dr. Ron Paul is a Republican member of Congress from Texas.