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Ms. ROS-LEHTINEN. Mr. Chairman, I would like to yield 2 minutes to the gentleman from Texas (Mr. PAUL), a member of our Foreign Affairs Committee. (Mr. PAUL asked and was given permission to revise and extend his remarks.)
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Mr. PAUL. I thank the gentlewoman for yielding me these 2 minutes.
2009 Ron Paul 65:2
Mr. Chairman, I rise in opposition to this bill. Some are hopeful that this will be a less militaristic approach to our foreign policy. Quite frankly, I dont see any changes. I wish it were something that would represent a humble foreign policy, but when you put an extra $100 million into the military operations of the United Nations, I hardly think this is a change in direction. Actually, its $18 billion that is going into more meddling, and we dont have $18 billion.
2009 Ron Paul 65:3
The President has now asked us here in the Congress to follow the PAYGO rules. Well, that might be a good idea if we had set aside the idea that we would raise taxes, but were not going to cut any domestic spending for this foreign spending, so the odds of this following the PAYGO rule are essentially nil.
2009 Ron Paul 65:4
I want to call attention to one provision in this that is rather disturbing to me, and that is the Civilian Stabilization Initiative. This is new. It was not invented by this administration. It was invented by the last administration. This is to set up a permanent standing, nation-building office with an employment of or with the use of nearly 5,000 individuals.
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So what is the goal of this new initiative going to be? It will facilitate democratic and political transitions in various countries.
2009 Ron Paul 65:6
Now, if you want to talk about interfering in the internal affairs of other nations, that is exactly what this is all about. Facilitating democratic and political transitions? Well, of course. Weve been doing that for a long time, but weve gotten ourselves into a lot of trouble doing it. We did it in 1953, and were still suffering the consequences. This initiative is a little more honest. Its up front. Were actually supporting and funding a facility that would be involved in political transitions. The mandate in this is to reconstruct societies. That sounds wonderful. There are a lot of societies that need reconstruction, but so many of the societies that we have to reconstruct we helped to destroy or to disrupt.
2009 Ron Paul 65:7
Think of what our troops and our money have done in Afghanistan as well as in Iraq. I think this provision, itself, is enough reason to vote against this authorization.