Texas Congressman Ron Paul told the House of Representatives on Tuesday that he would be proposing legislation in order to prevent the Obama administration from intervening militarily in Syria. His address comes in the wake of rumors that the U.S. was ready to take action to force President Bashar al Assad to step down.
“This week I’m introducing legislation to prohibit the administration, absent a declaration of war by Congress, from supporting directly or indirectly any military or paramilitary operations in Syria. I hope my colleagues will join me in this effort,” Dr. Paul said.
The Republican presidential candidate has always been critical of a political system which can start wars without Congress being consulted. The last time lawmakers had a say in such decisions was in the early 1940s, Dr. Paul told the House.
“Whether or not we attack yet another country, occupying it, and setting up a new regime that we hope we can control poses a serious constitutional question: from where does a president get such authority?” he asked.
“Since World War II, the proper authority to go to war has been ignored. It has been replaced by international entities like the United Nations and NATO, or the president himself, while ignoring the Congress,” he added.
The Texas congressman also accused the Obama administration of once again using “war propaganda” in order to convince the electorate that military action was warranted.
“In my opinion, all the evidence to justify this attack is bogus. It is no more credible than the pretext given for the 2003 invasion of Iraq or for the 2011 attack on Libya,” he told the House representatives.
Dr. Paul also believes that military action in Syria will lead to military action in Iran. Tehran claims it is developing a nuclear program for domestic purposes. However, the Obama administration does not believe the peaceful nature of the Iranian program.
“Most knowledgeable people now recognize that the planned war against Syria is merely the next step to take on the Iranian government, something the neocons openly admit,” Dr. Paul claims. In other words, the claims about Iran’s nuclear ambitions are nothing but a lie and another excuse to intervene militarily in order to have better control of Middle East oil.
Two weeks ago, Dr. Paul wrote a piece to illustrate the confusion and lies which surround the Syrian conflict.
“The story about the Syrian massacre keeps changing, which should raise suspicions. First, we were told that the killings were caused by government shelling, but then it was discovered that most were killed at close range with handgun fire and knives. No one has explained why government forces would take the time to go house to house binding the hands of the victims before shooting them, and then retreat to allow the rebels in to record the gruesome details. No one wants to ask or answer the disturbing questions, but it would be wise to ask ourselves who benefits from these stories,” the Texas congressman pointed out.