Must Oppose Obama’s Military Escalation in Syria and Iraq!
Rep. Ron Paul
October 29, 2015 "Information
Clearing House" -
Today Secretary of
Defense Ashton Carter appeared before the Senate Armed Services
Committee to outline a new US military strategy for the Middle East.
The Secretary admitted the failure of the US “train and equip”
program for rebels in Syria, but instead of taking the appropriate
lessons from that failure and get out of the “regime change”
business, he announced the opposite. The US would not only escalate
its “train and equip” program by removing the requirement that
fighters be vetted for extremist ideology, but according to the
Secretary the US military would for the first time become directly
and overtly involved in combat in Syria and Iraq.
As Secretary Carter
put it, the US would begin “supporting capable partners in
opportunistic attacks against ISIL (ISIS), or conducting such
missions directly, whether by strikes from the air or direct action
on the ground.”
“Direct action on the
ground” means US boots on the ground, even though President Obama
out that possibility when he launched air strikes against Iraq
and Syria last year. Did anyone think he would keep his word?
President Obama claims
his current authority to conduct war in Iraq and Syria comes from
the 2001 authorization for the use of force against those who
attacked the US on 9/11, or from the 2002 authorization for the use
of force against Saddam Hussein. Neither of these claims makes any
sense. The 2002 authorization said nothing about ISIS because at the
time there was no ISIS, and likewise the 2001 authorization
pertained to an al-Qaeda that did not exist in Iraq or Syria at the
president’s year-long bombing campaign against Syrian territory is a
violation of that country’s sovereignty and is illegal according to
Congress is not even
consulted these days when the president decides to start another war
or to send US ground troops into an air war that is not going as
planned. There might be notice given after the fact, as in Secretary
Carter’s testimony today, but the president has (correctly)
concluded that Congress has allowed itself to become completely
irrelevant when it comes to such grave matters as war and peace.
I cannot condemn in
strong enough terms this ill-advised US military escalation in the
Middle East. Whoever concluded that it is a good idea to send US
troops into an area already being bombed by Russian military forces
should really be relieved of duty.
The fact is, the
neocons who run US foreign policy are so determined to pull off
their regime change in Syria that they will risk the lives of untold
US soldiers and even risk a major war in the region — or even beyond
– to escalate a failed policy. Russian strikes against ISIS and
al-Qaeda must be resisted, they claim, because they are seen as
helping the Assad government remain in power, and the US
administration is determined that “Assad must go.”
This is not our war.
US interventionism has already done enough damage in Iraq and Syria,
not to mention Libya. It is time to come home. It is time for the
American people to rise up and demand that the Obama Administration
bring our military home from this increasingly dangerous no-win
confrontation. We must speak out now, before it is too late!