Ron Paul in 1998: Bombing Middle East Increases Terrorism

September 11, 2014 – During a live press conference broadcasted by C-SPAN in December 1998, then-Congressman Ron Paul shared his thoughts on military action by the US in the Middle East and the more significant justification for impeaching then-President Bill Clinton.

From the press conference:

“I have a prepared statement for tomorrow, and in that statement I talk about a much more serious act that the president committed than anything we’ve generally talked about, and that was the illegal bombing of Sudan and Afghanistan for political reasons. $200 million were spent for that without congressional approval. It was a cynical way of directing attention away from the president to what he was doing in foreign policy. Unfortunately, though, it meets no resistance because too many on our side of the aisle like to drop bombs, and I think that’s wrong.
“There’s been a lot of talk about the Constitution in the last several weeks and in the last several months. A lot of people are holding up the Constitution, but I’d like them to read the Constitution; everybody in this Congress to read the Constitution about committing acts of war. And we wouldn’t be doing this. And I beg and plead that our leadership not get distracted from what they’re doing because of this. This, to me, is an outrage, and we shouldn’t be participating in it. We should not permit our president to do this. It’s very dangerous. It has nothing to do with national security. As a matter of fact, our national security is more jeopardized by permitting this to happen because we are liable to start a war. We are liable to have our military men killed. We’re liable to have more attacks on us by terrorists.”

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