Last night during the debate in Arizona which was sponsored by CNN, Ron Paul continued with his policy of consistency. When asked about Iran’s intent on bomb making, Paul responded. ‘"We don't know if they have a weapon. As a matter of fact, there's no evidence that they have it." The International Atomic Energy Agency did not say in a Nov. 2011 report that Iran was definitely building a weapon, but it expressed strong concern that the country could do so. IAEA said that its information indicated that "Iran has carried out activities relevant to the development of a nuclear explosive device." (The boo’s that received this statement troubled me deeply).
Ron Paul’s statement is absolutely true. We really do not have any compelling evidence that Iran is doing anything more than playing the West as though it was a big bass drum. The mere fact that ‘Archmadickajad’ has been proven time and again to be a congenital liar should be a wake up call for everyone. And, while I feel strongly that he ‘wants’ a nuke, I’m not sure how close he is to ‘having a functional weapon’ that could be delivered in any manner to a foreign soil. At any rate, Iran should be considered to be innocent until proven guilty by way of hard evidence in a court of international law! (Hint: Special Forces could get that information one way or the other if they really wanted to.)
I also stand with Ron Paul in his belief that, at some point in the past, America began prosecuting wars without the express vote to do so by an act of Congress. These wars were initiated based more on rumor than on facts and have bled our country over the course of the last decade as a result. (Today, you’d be hard pressed to see much difference in Iraq, as scores were killed yesterday in coordinated bombing and shooting attacks. It’s like we were never there)!
This does not mean we need reduce our Armed Forces and Congressman Paul agrees. It means a new and stronger resolve to insure that military is kept in a condition of ‘strike readiness’ both in numbers and in technology. What is not needed is the manner in which they have been deployed; as occupiers over 109 countries to little or no proven effect and at a cost of trillions to the national budget.
The bottom line: let’s take a hard look at where we wish to be as a military force; who it is that needs to be protected and the manner in which future conflicts will be engaged. And let these actions be transparent to all.
In matters of declarations of war, let that decision be brought before Congress and let Congress (not the President) be the ones to say yea or nay. That would be in line with both Representative Paul and the Constitution of the United States. (For all you far leftists and rightists out there, this means we play ball with your brains and not your dicks)!