It Will Lead to War ~ by Ron Paul

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Statement on H.R.4133 – United States-Israel Enhanced Security Cooperation Act of 2012, May 9, 2012


Mr. Speaker: I rise in opposition to HR 4133, the United States-Israel Enhanced Security Cooperation Act, which unfortunately is another piece of one-sided and counter-productive foreign policy legislation. This bill’s real intent seems to be more saber-rattling against Iran and Syria, and it undermines US diplomatic efforts by making clear that the US is not an honest broker seeking peace for the Middle East.

The bill calls for the United States to significantly increase our provision of sophisticated weaponry to Israel, and states that it is to be US policy to “help Israel preserve its qualitative military edge” in the region.

While I absolutely believe that Israel – and any other nation — should be free to determine for itself what is necessary for its national security, I do not believe that those decisions should be underwritten by US taxpayers and backed up by the US military.

This bill states that it is the policy of the United States to “reaffirm the enduring commitment of the United States to the security of the State of Israel as a Jewish state.” However, according to our Constitution the policy of the United States government should be to protect the security of the United States, not to guarantee the religious, ethnic, or cultural composition of a foreign country. In fact, our own Constitution prohibits the establishment of any particular religion in the US.

More than 20 years after the reason for NATO’s existence – the Warsaw Pact – has disappeared, this legislation seeks to find a new mission for that anachronistic alliance: the defense of Israel. Calling for “an expanded role for Israel within the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), including an enhanced presence at NATO headquarters and exercises,” it reads like a dream for interventionists and the military industrial complex. As I have said many times, NATO should be disbanded not expanded.

This bill will not help the United States, it will not help Israel, and it will not help the Middle East. It will implicitly authorize much more US interventionism in the region at a time when we cannot afford the foreign commitments we already have. It more likely will lead to war against Syria, Iran, or both. I urge my colleagues to vote against this bill.

Dr. Ron Paul is a Republican member of Congress from Texas.

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8 thoughts on “It Will Lead to War ~ by Ron Paul

  1. Real patriots are with you, Dr. Paul. This is the only man that makes sense in politics today. Please, for the love of LIFE, listen to him!

    Veterans for Ron Paul

  2. Muslims need a St. Francis approach, not a Crusader approach. His memory is respected by Muslims everywhere. Jesus said go and “make disciples of all nations”, not to make them subjects or to make war against them!

  3. Dr. Paul you are a voice of reasonn and courage that we all need to hear. Leadership with wisdom, I am sure Jesus loves you as his follower in promoting love and peace not hate and war. I support you. Thank you and God Bless America

  4. oy vey…. da poor innocent defenseless joos, Christian America, bare clean your cupboards and clothing off the backs of your men,women, and children for the chosen edomite/Canaanite mongrels. It worked sooo well for the White Christian Ukrainians and Russians.

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