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Ron Paul: Libya Reaction

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Where did the President get the authority to impose a no-fly zone over Libya? Just recently, a UN resolution was passed giving this authority to a president of another country's to impose a no-fly zone over Libya. I suggested a few weeks ago, anticipating that there would be a no-fly zone imposed, that the President's obligation was to come to the Congress, claiming that putting a no-fly zone over Libya would be an act of war. He chose not to do that but he's not alone, many presidents, especially since 1945, have gone on their own and have not asked for proper authority from the Congress and we have been fighting wars that are undeclared. Interestingly though, I find Senator Lugar agrees with this position. He's written a recent article saying that it is an act of war to impose a no-fly zone over a sovereign nation and that the only way he can get authority is to get the Congress to declare war. I certainly agree with that. We'd be in a lot better shape if we'd followed that advice a long time ago. But it's rather insulting to American people that this authority comes from the United Nations and not the Congress. The hype is that a lot of people are being killed over there and we have to go in there for humanitarian reasons. But there's a lot of killing going on around the world. It is our puppet government in Saudi Arabia that's using force, that invaded Bahrain to quiet the descenders. This morning it was reported that twenty-some people were killed by the Yemeni government because of demonstrators. There's been suppression of demonstrations in Iraq. Interesting, over the last couple years, over two thousand Pakistani citizens have been killed by our drone attacks. So we have this war going on in Iraq, war going on in Afghanistan, we're bombing on a steady basis the country of Pakistan. At the same time now we're getting ready to impose a no-fly zone over Libya. Of course, with the UN resolution we can hide behind that resolution and get support from other countries because it looks like the British and the French may well actively, you know, participate in this. But we have the military might. Nothing would happen without us. We bare both, the financial burden, if it gets out of hand we will be blamed and we will also be forced to continue the process. I would have much preferred Eisenhower approach to this. Because when the British and the French came to Ike in 1956 to try to save their Suez canal from Mashhour, Ike said "You're on your own." and did not send in troops. So today though, we are, you know, facing a situation that seems to be untenable. Yesterday we had a vote on an Afghan resolution to bring our troops home, as Obama had promised, you know, by the end of this year. We had a total of 93 members vote against this resolution. Not one single freshman Tea Party person was willing to vote against this. And this is an act of war. I mean, it's been undeclared. So the sentiment continues. We tolerate this. We don't demand that we live up to the Constitution. And at the same time we keep spending the money. Because this will cost money as all these wars do and we're financially broke. Our national debt is going up right now at two trillion Dollars per year. And it's obviously unsustainable. So for us to be dearly to our duty the American people should be yelling and screaming about what the president is doing and they should be contacting their members of Congress. But the Congress is their elect. They have said nothing. There's just a few of us who have even mentioned what the President is doing is not right, wrong and violates the Constitution. So the war, which I consider started 20 years ago, we've been in the Middle East remaking Middle East over a couple decades already, now has spread into the Mediterranean. When will it ever end? I know the answer to that. It will end when the prevailing attitude in this country and especially in the Congress is that we ought to obey the Constitution.

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Duration: 4 minutes and 45 seconds
Country: United States
Language: English
Views: 244
Posted by: on Mar 22, 2011

In this C4L update, Congressman Ron Paul comments on how President Obama's actions on Libya are violating the Constitution, ceding authority and sovereignty to the United Nations, and weakening the United States. Action by the American people to return government to its constitutional limits is critical if we are to change our course.

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