Ron Paul – The Revolution: A Manifesto – Page 22 through Page 25

Page 22: The desire for an American invasion of Iraq actually began during the Clinton years. In fact, many of the same actors who urged Clinton to take action against Iraq also pushed George W. Bush to towards invasion. September 11 was used by those people to justify a pre-formulated policy. There was no good reason to invade Iraq. Iraq had no connection to terrorism. Iraq had not attacked the US militarily or otherwise. Condoleezza Rice and Colin Powel admitted that Saddam was not a true threat to anyone. Saddam’s regime was not a fundamentalist Islamic regime. Saddam had no connection with al Qaeda.

Quote: “Many of the same voices who then demanded that the Clinton administration attack Iraq later demanded that the Bush administration attack Iraq, exploiting the tragedy of September 11 to bring about their long-standing desire to see an American invasion of that country.” 

Page 23: It is very important to always keep in mind the morality of war. There exists a large body of thought and scholarship on the subject. Many Christian and late secular thinkers have contributed to the doctrine of just war. Such thinkers include Ambrose, Saint Augustine, Thomas Aquinas, Francisco de Vitoria, and Francisco Suarez. By the standards of the aforementioned scholars, the war in Iraq was not even close to being a just war. The first requirement of a just war is that a war must only be waged in response to an initial act of aggression. The second requirement is that all diplomatic efforts must be attempted. Thirdly, the just war must be initiated by the proper legal authorities. In the US, congress must declare war. It may not abdicate its responsibilities to do so.

Quote: “Under the U.S. Constitution, the proper authority is neither the president nor the United Nations. It is congress-but congress unconstitutionally delegated its decision-making power over war to the president.”

Page 24: Saddam shot at planes that flew over the no-fly zone. He missed every single plane he shot at for 12 years. This shows what an utter non-threat the Iraqi military was. During the Republican primary, Ron Paul explained that Iraq was not a true threat. One of the other candidates compared Ron Paul’s thoughts on Iraq to the type of reasoning that led to Hitler. In reality, Hitler became popular during the beginning of his career by damning the Treaty of Versailles, signed after WWI, for being too harsh towards Germans.

Quote: “Were the American people expected to believe that unless they supported the invasion and occupation of a completely paralyzed Third World country, they were the sort of people who would have given aid and comfort to Hitler? Did the candidate really have such a low estimate of the intelligence of the American people?”

Page 25: President Woodrow Wilson intervened at the end of World War I to break the stalemate between the European powers. Had he not done that, the Allies would not have been able to negotiate such a grossly one-sided treaty as the Treaty of Versailles. Many historians have said that Wilson’s actions unintentionally gave a needed rallying cry to Hitler’s extreme political program. World War I is an example of what terrible unintended consequences can be caused by an interventionist foreign policy.

Quote: “Hitler might otherwise have remained a nobody. German president Paul von Hindenburg was said to have sized him up as potentially a good postmaster general.”

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