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Mr. KUCINICH. I will yield to Mr. PAUL 3 minutes.
2009 Ron Paul 105:1
Mr. PAUL. I thank the gentleman.
2009 Ron Paul 105:2
If the gentleman from California didnt like my analogy about how we were maneuvered into war in World War II, I think it might be much more appropriate to compare it to the sanctions on Iraq. There were those in the 1990s that wanted us to go to war with Iraq. We were looking for an excuse, and we put strong sanctions, continued flying over their country and bombing. Thousands, if not hundreds of thousands, of kids died because of those sanctions, and eventually they got their war. We ended up in the war.
2009 Ron Paul 105:3
Anybody who believes that taking gasoline away from the common person in Iran is going to motivate them to get rid of their Ayatollah – its the Ayatollah that carries the power – thats not going to happen. It just does exactly the opposite. So this is why I believe this is a much greater threat to our national security. It does not help us. It doesnt achieve the goals that are set out.
2009 Ron Paul 105:4
For instance, we now commonly say that the Iranians have no right to enrich. Well, they signed a nonproliferation treaty, and they have not ever been told that they are making a bomb. And what we are saying in this bill is that they cant enrich anymore. So in a way, youre violating international law by saying they cant enrich, period. So that is just looking for trouble.
2009 Ron Paul 105:5
Now, what else this bill will do:
2009 Ron Paul 105:6
It is going to push the support of the Iranians in another direction. Its going to push them towards India, China, and Russia, and these countries have special associations with Iran. So we are going to separate us. We will be isolated from that, and they are going to have a much closer alliance with these countries. That will not serve our interests.
2009 Ron Paul 105:7
Its going to serve the interest of one country mostly, and thats China. China acts only almost like capitalists. They take our dollars they have earned from us and they are spending the dollars over there. They would like to buy the oil, refine the oil, and drill the oil. But here, we assume that we have to do it through force, through sanctions, threats, intimidation, and secret maneuvers to overthrow their regime. It just doesnt work. It sounds good. It sounds easy, but it does backfire on us. You get too many unintended consequences.
2009 Ron Paul 105:8
And besides, our national security does not depend on what we do in the Middle East. Our national security is threatened by this. We are overstretched. Were broke. And this is part of the strategy, as I mentioned before. Our archenemies in that region want to bankrupt us. They want to stir up hatred toward us, and they want to bog us down. And theyre achieving what their goals are.