The Book of Ron Paul
1998 Ron Paul Chapter 109
5 October 1998
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The SPEAKER pro tempore (Mr. MILLER
of Florida). The gentleman from Texas.
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Mr. PAUL. Thank you, Mr. Speaker. The gentleman from California makes a very good point, that sometimes we get involved in these battles and we never fight to complete victory. And he argues the case for pursuing it and always winning and take out the dictator that we are opposing.
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And there is some merit to that argument, but theres also a very good reason why that doesnt happen and wont happen. Its because when you fight a war for
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When you fight a war for national security reasons, you declare the war, the people join, they are willing to support it financially, they volunteer to go into the military, and they fight to win. But we havent done that since World War II, precisely because we have this
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The gentleman from California makes a good point also. Hes concerned that somebody like Saddam Hussein may attack us with weapons of mass destruction. He is precisely right. Im concerned about that too. But I would say that our exposure is about 100 times greater because of our policy. Why is it that the terrorists want to go after Americans? Because were always dropping bombs on people and telling people what to do. Because we are the policemen, we pretend to be the arbitrator of every argument in the world, even those that have existed for 1,000 years. Its a failed, flawed policy.
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So I would say I have exactly the same concerns, but I think the policy that we follow has generated this problem, and it will continue.
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Let me just close by talking a little bit about this authorization. It says, there are to be authorized appropriations, such sums as may be necessary to reimburse the applicable appropriation funds. And this is what the money is to go for: Defense articles, defense services, military education, and training. Sounds like getting ready for the Bay of Pigs. Thats exactly what we did. And then we backed off, we werent doing it for the right reason, and of course we have solidified for 40 years the dictatorship in Cuba.
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So do you think our policy over the last 10 years has actually helped to weaken Saddam Hussein? Every time he comes out of it stronger. And then those who say, Well, we should march in, we should all question. Those of us here in the Congress who are so anxious to take out this dictator, they should be willing to march themselves, or send their children and send their grandchildren. Is it worth that? No, no, we wouldnt want to do that, we got to keep our troops safe, safe from harm, but well just pay somebody to do it. Well pay somebody to do it and well make wild promises. Promise the Kurds something. Theyll take care of Saddam Hussein. And sure enough, the promises never come through.
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Mr. ROHRABACHER. Mr. Speaker, will the gentleman yield?
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Mr. PAUL. Yes, Ill yield to the gentleman.
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Mr. ROHRABACHER. You dont think its proper for us to offer those people who are struggling for freedoms in Iraq against their dictatorship a helping hand?
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Mr. PAUL. I think it would be absolutely proper to do that, as long as it came out of your wallet and you didnt extract it from somebody in this country, a taxpayer at the point of a gun and say, look, bin Laden is a great guy, and I want more of your money.
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Thats what you did in the 1980s. Thats what the Congress did. They went to the taxpayers, they put a gun to their head, and said, you pay up, because we think bin Laden is a freedom fighter.
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Mr. ROHRABACHER. Well, then it was just not handled correctly.
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Mr. PAUL. Well, the policy is flawed. The policy is flawed, and I think the conclusions that we have today are logical. I dont think they lack logic. I think that if you decide that we are fighting for our national security reasons, you never stop short of victory. So this would go along with your argument that we stopped too soon in Iraq. But we werent there for national security reasons. They werent about to invade us, and theyre not about to invade us. The only way we should fear an invasion by these hoodlums is if we incite them to terrorism.
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We should consider this a very serious piece of legislation. This is a vote for virtual war and giving more power to the President. It has an
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And I yield back.
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the gentleman from California is The Honorable Dana Rohrabacher.
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I yield to the gentleman from California. Here, Ron Paul yields to The Honorable Dana Rohrabacher.