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1998 Ron Paul Chapter 4

Congress Should Move Cautiously On Resolution Regarding Iraq

5 February 1998

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The SPEAKER pro tempore. For what purpose does the gentleman from Texas rise?

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Mr. PAUL. I ask unanimous consent to address the House for 1 minute.

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The SPEAKER pro tempore. Without objection, so ordered.

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Mr. PAUL. Madam Speaker, in 1964, a resolution passed this Congress which urged the President to take all necessary measures to repel any armed attack against the forces of the United States and to prevent further aggression, the Gulf of Tonkin resolution.

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Today there is a resolution floating around this Congress that urges the President to take all necessary and appropriate actions to respond to the threat posed by Iraq. We should remember history. We lost 50,000 men after we passed that last resolution. We don’t have a sensible policy with Iraq. We should move cautiously.

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And I would also urge other Members to be cautious when they talk about a surgical strike and assassination. Assassination of foreign leaders is still illegal under our law.

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Please, my fellow colleagues, be cautious, be careful, and be wise when it comes to giving this President the right to wage war. Ironically, this President did not respond in the same manner with the Gulf of Tonkin resolution.

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I yield back.

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