Ron Paul Responds to President Obama’s Statement on Iraq

June 19, 2014 — I’d like to make a few comments about the president’s announcement on Iraq. He claims now that we have developed our counterterrorism partnerships fund to provide equipment to Iraq. That is, of course, what we’ve been doing for years. He’s planning and admits that he is sending 300 military advisors to Iraq. “Military personnel.” Sure. “Just for training.”
We already have CIA there and Special Forces. So it is a far cry from backing away from Iraq. It means more commitment. The markets and the American people will realize this shortly. He claims that the American forces will not return to Iraq but it will help the government there. No matter what, this is a moral hazard because we will be seen as intruders picking sides involved in civil strife and it will come back to haunt us.
We have positioned military assets, the president said. Sure. The Navy is moving up. The Air Force is there. We are ready to drop bombs, ready and threatening with our drone missiles. This is nothing more than a statement of provocation and the pretense that we can do a better job now after all of these years of interfering already.
He claims there is an urgent need for an inclusive political process in Iraq. Now he claims there needs to be a political process? That’s what they had worked on. That’s where they have been a total failure ever since 2003. So it’s a total failure and now we’re going to have an inclusive political process. Well, if you can change the hearts and minds of about everyone in the region, you might have a chance. But that’s not going to happen. This is just fluffobama.

There is no way this policy can succeed after 11 years of an attempt to do it. Really, nothing has changed. It’s intervention. It’s doing things that we shouldn’t do. The people don’t want us there. The majority of the Iraqi people would like to see us leave. We have created chaos by being there and it has done nothing for our national security.
The president says we will remain vigilant and do everything in our power to protect the security of the U.S. and the security of the American people. Well, that’s a good goal. That is my goal and that is the goal of all Americans. But my argument, and the argument of most Americans now, is that our national security is not enhanced by us being there and getting involved in a civil war that we helped precipitate. Yes, national security is best dealt with by defending this country and staying out of the internal affairs of other nations and making sure that we are not perceived by as a domineering, world policeman willing to go about the world arresting people and bombing, and of course, bribing them when I think they do our bidding.
This announcement by the president absolutely does nothing to help the process in Iraq. Unfortunately I’m afraid that it’s escalation and it won’t be too long until you actually see bombs dropping and much more escalation, which means that we will be more endangered by the al Qaeda. The most serious recruiting tool that the al Qaeda has is our interference over there and us killing in collateral damage with our drones and the bombs that we have dropped.
So unfortunately I wish I could say this is wonderful, things will be improved and we will have peace in Iraq. This will do nothing but make it worse. We need to just flat out leave. We just marched into that country. It’s time we just marched out completely from that country. Let them fight over the oil.

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