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Now that the defeat of ISIS in Syria appears imminent, with the Syrian army clearing out some of the last ISIS strongholds in the east, Washington’s interventionists are searching for new excuses to maintain the illegal US military presence in the country. Their original rationale for intervention has long been exposed as another lie.

Remember that President Obama initially involved the US military in Iraq and Syria to “prevent genocide” of the Yazidis and promised the operation would not drift into US “boots on the ground.” That was three years ago and the US military became steadily more involved while Congress continued to dodge its Constitutional obligations. The US even built military bases in Syria despite having no permission to do so! Imagine if Syria started building military bases here in the US against our wishes.

After six years of war the Syrian government has nearly defeated ISIS and al-Qaeda and the US-backed “moderates” turned out to be either Islamist extremists or Kurdish soldiers for hire. According to a recent report, the US has shipped two billion dollars worth of weapons to fighters in Syria via eastern Europe. Much of these weapons ended up in the hands of ISIS directly, or indirectly through “moderates” taking their weapons with them while joining ISIS or al-Qaeda.

“Assad must go,” proclaimed President Obama back in 2011, as he claimed that the Syrian leader was committing genocide against his own people and that regime change was the only way to save Syrians. Then earlier this year, when eastern Aleppo was about to be liberated by the Syrian government, the neocons warned that Assad would move in and kill all the inhabitants. They warned that the population of eastern Aleppo would flee from the Syrian army. But something very different happened. According to the UN’s International Organization for Migration, 600,000 refugees returned to Syria by August. Half of the returnees went back to Aleppo, where we were told Assad was waiting to kill them.

What happened? The neocons and “humanitarian interventionists” lied. Just as they lied about Libya, Iraq, and so on.

While it was mostly ignored by the mainstream media, just this week a Christian was elected speaker of the Syrian parliament. The new speaker is a 58-year-old Orthodox Christian law graduate and member of President Assad’s Baath party.

How many Christians does our “ally” Saudi Arabia have in its parliament? Oh I forgot, Saudi Arabia has no elected parliament.

Why does it seem that US policy in the Middle East always hurts Christians the most? In Iraq, Christians suffered disproportionately from the 2003 US invasion. In fact there are hardly any Christians left. Why aren’t more US Christian groups demanding that the US get out of the Middle East?

The US is not about to leave on its own. With ISIS all but defeated in Syria, many in Washington are calling for the US military to continue its illegal occupation of parts of the country to protect against Iranian influence! Of course before the US military actions in Iraq and Syria there was far less Iranian influence in the region! So US foreign interventionism is producing new problems that can only be solved by more US interventionism? The military industrial complex could not have dreamed of a better scheme to rob the American people while enriching themselves!

What have we achieved in Syria? Nothing good.

(Republished from The Ron Paul Institute by permission of author or representative)
• Category: Foreign Policy • Tags: American Military, ISIS, Neocons, Syria 
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  1. Thank you, Ron Paul, for another thoughtful article. It’s too bad that you tend to avoid acknowledging Israel’s pernicious role in Washington’s murderous policies towards Syria, Iraq, Libya and (soon) Iran. But thank you for your judicious reasonings all the same.

    Sadly, Zio-Washington is on a killing spree. This needs to be understood. You are a lonely but vital advocate of fairness and non-essential militarism. Hopefully, other political leaders will someday heed your call for non-aggression and put an end to Zio-America’s serial warfare.

  2. It achieved plenty.

    It made a total mess of Syria, nation hated by Israel.

    It bled Russia and Iran.

    It drew Saudis even closer to US and Israel, or USrael.

    US policy isn’t nation-building. It is nation-busting. And look at Syria and Libya.
    Busted real bad.

    US is like ISIS or USIS.

    • Replies: @Andrei Martyanov
    , @KA
  3. Good piece on Venezuela.

  4. TG says:

    What have we achieved in Syria?

    1. The right people have made a fortune from all those cost-plus defense contracts.

    2. The right people have made a fortune from all those cost-plus defense contracts. This may seem redundant with #1, but it’s such an important reason, that I decided to say it twice.

    3. The right people got to play ’47-dimensional chess’ with real lives and feel important and powerful and smart. If things went badly that just proves how hard statecraft is and how essential these establishment experts are.

    4. Even though the central Syrian government has survived – sort of – it has been greatly crippled and for the foreseeable future will only be barely trying to survive. As with Iraq and Libya etc., the ability of Syria to act strategically has been largely neutered. Call it an 80% win.

    Sounds good. Onwards to Egypt! Or wherever.

    • Agree: jacques sheete
    • Replies: @Cortes
  5. Cortes says:

    At #3, it’s tough for the Gods on Olympus, but somebody’s gotta do it…

  6. Why does it seem that US policy in the Middle East always hurts Christians the most? In Iraq, Christians suffered disproportionately from the 2003 US invasion. In fact there are hardly any Christians left. Why aren’t more US Christian groups demanding that the US get out of the Middle East?

    Great stuff, Dr. Paul. Besides the obvious stupidity you are pointing out, I am glad to see you show some favor toward the Christians over Moslems, as we’d really be better off with more of the former than the latter, at least in the Western world.

    I know Dr. Paul is a man with respect for the US Constitution and rule-of-law not men. As far as US citizens go, the law should be applied equally without regard to race, ethnicity, what-have-you, but we’re better off not having all the diversity we can’t handle in the first place.

  7. @Andrei Martyanov

    Russian economy is skating on thin ice.

    Even though Russia waged war on the cheap in Syria, it was still a drain to a vulnerable economy.

    • LOL: Andrei Martyanov
  8. Why does it seem that US policy in the Middle East always hurts Christians the most?

    Why does it seem that US policy in the World Wars hurt Christians the most?

    Why does it seem that things like this “just happened?”

    70 years ago (August 9, 1945) an all-Christian bomber crew [with the prayers and blessings of the crew’s Lutheran and Catholic chaplains] dropped a plutonium bomb over Nagasaki City, Japan, instantly vaporizing, incinerating or otherwise annihilating tens of thousands of innocent civilians, a disproportionately large number of them Japanese Christians.

    Ironically, prior to the bomb exploding nearly directly over the Urakami Cathedral at 11:02 AM, Nagasaki was the most Christian city in Japan, and the massive cathedral was the largest Christian church in the Orient.

    -Gary G. Kohls, The 70th Anniversary of the Bombing of Nagasaki, Unwelcome Truths for Church and State, Aug 2015.

    • Agree: Druid
  9. eah says:

    What does a swamp normally ‘achieve’?

  10. KA says:
    @Priss Factor

    But Americans think that they would be a lot richer if US didn’t spend the dollars in rebuilding Afghanistan Iraq , Syria ,Libya ,and Yemen. It make them sad angry confused how those nations could be so ungrateful .

    Here lies the importance of the language . Enhanced interrogation can hide torture.Illegal Enemy Combantants can divert attention from similar roles played by America.

    Nation building can hide stealing from US tax payers and hide from the fact that those stolen dollars return to the well connected lobbyist contractors and corporate

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