By Ron Paul
March 02, 2021 "Information
Clearing House" - - Last Thursday
President Biden continued what has sadly become a
Washington tradition: bombing Syria. The President
ordered a military strike near the Iraqi-Syrian
border that killed at least 22 people. The
Administration claims it struck an “Iranian-backed”
militia in retaliation for recent rocket attacks on
US installations in Iraq.
As with Presidents Obama and Trump before him,
however, Biden’s justification for the US strike and
its targets is not credible. And his claim that the
US attack would result in a “de-escalation” in the
region is laughable. You cannot bomb your way toward
Biden thus joins a shameful club of US leaders whose
interventions in the Middle East, and Syria
specifically, have achieved nothing in the US
interest but have contributed to the deaths of many
thousands of civilians.
President Trump attacked Syria in 2018 in what he
claimed was retaliation for the Assad government’s
use of chemical weapons against its own citizens.
The Trump Administration never proved its claim.
Logic itself suggests how ridiculous it would have
been for the Syrian president to have used chemical
weapons in that situation, where they achieved no
military purpose and would almost certainly
guarantee further outside attacks against his
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Trump’s 2018 attack only added to the misery
of the Syrian people, who suffered under US
sanctions and then suffered President Obama’s
“Assad must go” intervention that trained and
armed al-Qaeda affiliated groups to overthrow
Trump’s airstrike on Syria did nothing to
further real American interests in the region.
But sending in 100 Tomahawk missiles to blow up
a few empty buildings did a great deal to
further the bottom line of missile-maker
Interestingly, Biden’s Secretary of Defense came
to the Administration straight from his previous
position on the board of, you guessed it,
Raytheon. Libertarian educator Tom Woods once
quipped that no matter who you vote for you get
John McCain. Perhaps it’s also fair to say that
no matter who you vote for you get to enrich
The Democrats wasted four years trying to remove
Trump from office under the bogus “Russiagate”
lie and then the equally ridiculous and
discredited claim that Trump led an insurrection
against the government on January 6th. Yet when
Trump started raining bombs down on Syria with
no Congressional declaration of war or even
authorization, most Democrats stood up and
cheered. Left-wing CNN talking head Fareed
Zakaria swooned, “I think Donald Trump became
president of the United States last night.”
In fact, initiating a war against a country that
did not attack and does not threaten the United
States without Congressional authority is an
impeachable offense. But both parties – with a
few exceptions – are war parties.
President Biden should be impeached for his
attack on Syria, as should have Trump and Obama
before him. But no one in Washington is going to
pursue impeachment charges against a president
who recklessly takes the United States to war.
War greases Washington’s wheels.
Isn’t it strange how we’ve heard nothing about
ISIS for the past couple of years, but suddenly
the mainstream media tells us the ISIS is back
and on the march? When President Biden says
“America is back,” what he really means is “the
war party is back.” As if they ever left.
Ronald Paul is an American author, physician,
and retired politician who served as the U.S.
Representative for Texas's 22nd congressional
district from 1976 to 1977 and again from 1979 to
1985, and for Texas's 14th congressional district
from 1997 to 2013.
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