Ron Paul Warns, Reckless Congress Just 'Declared War' On Russia

Tyler Durden's picture

Authored by Ron Paul via The Ron Paul Institute of Peace & Prosperity,

 

Yesterday the US House passed what I consider to be one of the worst pieces of legislation ever. H. Res. 758 was billed as a resolution “strongly condemning the actions of the Russian Federation, under President Vladimir Putin, which has carried out a policy of aggression against neighboring countries aimed at political and economic domination.”

In fact, the bill was 16 pages of war propaganda that should have made even neocons blush, if they were capable of such a thing.

These are the kinds of resolutions I have always watched closely in Congress, as what are billed as “harmless” statements of opinion often lead to sanctions and war. I remember in 1998 arguing strongly against the Iraq Liberation Act because, as I said at the time, I knew it would lead to war. I did not oppose the Act because I was an admirer of Saddam Hussein – just as now I am not an admirer of Putin or any foreign political leader – but rather because I knew then that another war against Iraq would not solve the problems and would probably make things worse. We all know what happened next.

That is why I can hardly believe they are getting away with it again, and this time with even higher stakes: provoking a war with Russia that could result in total destruction!

If anyone thinks I am exaggerating about how bad this resolution really is, let me just offer a few examples from the legislation itself:

The resolution (paragraph 3) accuses Russia of an invasion of Ukraine and condemns Russia’s violation of Ukrainian sovereignty. The statement is offered without any proof of such a thing. Surely with our sophisticated satellites that can read a license plate from space we should have video and pictures of this Russian invasion. None have been offered. As to Russia’s violation of Ukrainian sovereignty, why isn’t it a violation of Ukraine’s sovereignty for the US to participate in the overthrow of that country’s elected government as it did in February? We have all heard the tapes of State Department officials plotting with the US Ambassador in Ukraine to overthrow the government. We heard US Assistant Secretary of State Victoria Nuland bragging that the US spent $5 billion on regime change in Ukraine. Why is that OK?

 

The resolution (paragraph 11) accuses the people in east Ukraine of holding “fraudulent and illegal elections” in November. Why is it that every time elections do not produce the results desired by the US government they are called “illegal” and “fraudulent”? Aren’t the people of eastern Ukraine allowed self-determination? Isn’t that a basic human right?

 

The resolution (paragraph 13) demands a withdrawal of Russia forces from Ukraine even though the US government has provided no evidence the Russian army was ever in Ukraine. This paragraph also urges the government in Kiev to resume military operations against the eastern regions seeking independence.

 

The resolution (paragraph 14) states with certainty that the Malaysia Airlines flight 17 that crashed in Ukraine was brought down by a missile “fired by Russian-backed separatist forces in eastern Ukraine.” This is simply incorrect, as the final report on the investigation of this tragedy will not even be released until next year and the preliminary report did not state that a missile brought down the plane. Neither did the preliminary report – conducted with the participation of all countries involved – assign blame to any side.

 

Paragraph 16 of the resolution condemns Russia for selling arms to the Assad government in Syria. It does not mention, of course, that those weapons are going to fight ISIS – which we claim is the enemy -- while the US weapons supplied to the rebels in Syria have actually found their way into the hands of ISIS!

 

Paragraph 17 of the resolution condemns Russia for what the US claims are economic sanctions (“coercive economic measures”) against Ukraine. This even though the US has repeatedly hit Russia with economic sanctions and is considering even more!

 

The resolution (paragraph 22) states that Russia invaded the Republic of Georgia in 2008. This is simply untrue. Even the European Union – no friend of Russia – concluded in its investigation of the events in 2008 that it was Georgia that “started an unjustified war” against Russia not the other way around! How does Congress get away with such blatant falsehoods? Do Members not even bother to read these resolutions before voting?

 

In paragraph 34 the resolution begins to even become comical, condemning the Russians for what it claims are attacks on computer networks of the United States and “illicitly acquiring information” about the US government. In the aftermath of the Snowden revelations about the level of US spying on the rest of the world, how can the US claim the moral authority to condemn such actions in others?

 

Chillingly, the resolution singles out Russian state-funded media outlets for attack, claiming that they “distort public opinion.” The US government, of course, spends billions of dollars worldwide to finance and sponsor media outlets including Voice of America and RFE/RL, as well as to subsidize “independent” media in countless counties overseas. How long before alternative information sources like RT are banned in the United States? This legislation brings us closer to that unhappy day when the government decides the kind of programming we can and cannot consume – and calls such a violation “freedom.”

 

The resolution gives the green light (paragraph 45) to Ukrainian President Poroshenko to re-start his military assault on the independence-seeking eastern provinces, urging the “disarming of separatist and paramilitary forces in eastern Ukraine.” Such a move will mean many more thousands of dead civilians.

To that end, the resolution directly involves the US government in the conflict by calling on the US president to “provide the government of Ukraine with lethal and non-lethal defense articles, services, and training required to effectively defend its territory and sovereignty.” This means US weapons in the hands of US-trained military forces engaged in a hot war on the border with Russia. Does that sound at all like a good idea?

There are too many more ridiculous and horrific statements in this legislation to completely discuss. Probably the single most troubling part of this resolution, however, is the statement that “military intervention” by the Russian Federation in Ukraine “poses a threat to international peace and security.” Such terminology is not an accident: this phrase is the poison pill planted in this legislation from which future, more aggressive resolutions will follow. After all, if we accept that Russia is posing a “threat” to international peace how can such a thing be ignored? These are the slippery slopes that lead to war.

This dangerous legislation passed today, December 4, with only ten (!) votes against! Only ten legislators are concerned over the use of blatant propaganda and falsehoods to push such reckless saber-rattling toward Russia.

Here are the Members who voted “NO” on this legislation. If you do not see your own Representative on this list call and ask why they are voting to bring us closer to war with Russia! If you do see your Representative on the below list, call and thank him or her for standing up to the warmongers.

Voting “NO” on H. Res. 758:

1) Justin Amash (R-MI)
2) John Duncan (R-TN)
3) Alan Grayson, (D-FL)
4) Alcee Hastings (D-FL)
5) Walter Jones (R-NC)
6) Thomas Massie (R-KY)
7) Jim McDermott (D-WA)
8 George Miller (D-CA)
9) Beto O’Rourke (D-TX)
10 Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA)

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BoyRobot777's picture

good thing they passed it :D

COSMOS's picture

Its all fun and games untill the first nuclear blast.  Then its like OH SHIT!!

nope-1004's picture

Petrodollar defense is what this is about.  Without the petrodollar, USD reserve dies, and foodstamp nation is then forced to get off the couch and will be measured by their productivity, and not by their war machine supported by foreign dollar use.

 

winchester's picture

usa do not have ballz to  front attack and never will...

 

just look ukraine... need curtain to hide behind, a proxy, to blame in case ( 99%prob )  attack failed ( mh 17.. )

 

you can vote all what you want, you are a dying deer that cannot pass its fronteer without  be aimed to get a headshot, you are timered dead meat.

 

clean  front of your door first, ( shoot black president - shoot banking system - shoot fed ) then you will be listened to.

 

clowns nation... whites nazi faschist  ashamed to kill black they hate in street, but elect one as president for 8 years then barking that world is collapsing  coz of their inability  to understand that majority of population  live in cities, no need weaponry to defend themselves,  and same population is hybridizing, there is no more pure white population, and those lil fancy texan nazies think that just coz NRA push to maintain selling shares  over 2nd amendment bashing you will fix the problem by putting some armed guard in  school entrances and shakle russia  to keep drivcing a 40L/100km ridiculous big car ???

did you recovery from the stand your ground law and AR15 ban ? how you feel ? naked ???? still funny to steaal beer in  garages ?

 

lol wake up  usa.. you are sick to death nation refusing to accept change.

 

do us a favor,  elect hitlary, go for nuke fast, to end the story,  took too much time for such results.

 

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Supernova Born's picture

"Winchester"? Named after the iconic rifle that won the west? Member for four weeks? Really?

You sound like the internet troll alter-ego of that POS midget Mayor Bloomberg.

Bear-baiting, bullshit propaganda.

FOAD, troll.

Aside: when will the Turing Test Trolls figure out misspelled words don't equal an authentic human?

SoberOne's picture

Once again, Ron Paul coming through with solid contemplation and responses to a very significant development. Seems most boomers are too comfy and millenials too brainwashed to do anything about it. Prove me wrong.

SoberOne's picture

Tyler, please sticky this all weekend.

 

Thanks!

RaceToTheBottom's picture

Maybe the people who signed it had to wait until they signed it  read it?

rccalhoun's picture

a daydream:   trade obama for putin 

Svendblaaskaeg's picture

They had to sign it to see what's in it?

kaa1016's picture

I keep reading that the US doesn't want to piss off Russia and all of this other nonsense. Do you guys really think that Russia or any other country in the world has the ability to defeat the US militarily or by any other means? Russia or China do not have the balls to attack the US. Cyber warefare is being waged by all sides, but do you really think the media is going to report what our government is doing to everyone else? There is a reason why the government spends over $600 billion a year on defense or offense as it could be called. Just because you're not reading about what they're doing or hearing about what they're doing doesn't mean that it's not happening. 

strannick's picture

The only actions they care abiut are repudiating the PetroDollar. Otherwise Russia could be firebombing Ukrainian orphanages and Congress could care less

sam i am's picture

The US market is fake and rigged. Same with the banking, healthcare, gas/oil and other industries. What makes you believe that the US military-industrial complex is real and not just a front for taxpayers money laundering?  I'm ignorant in all things military, but have heard that the new F-35 cannot fly  and turn, and is absolutely useless.  The same I have heard about the nuclear military complex. The US NAVY and Army don't even have a common computer network and their software programs are not compatible. To receive/sent an email, they have to print it on one machine and retype it manually into another.   

"Russia or China do not have the balls to attack the US." Unlike the US, Russia and China are not aggressive and would not attack other countries. Second, the new Russian defense doctrine adopted this past fall states that in case of the NATO attack on Russian territory, Russia will respond with a nuclear strike on the US territory.  No ifs, or buts. The US won't be able to stand pretty and untouched any longer while Europe and Russia are burning in war. Nope, never, no way. No siree...

shovelhead's picture

What are you doing about it?

Prove that first.

gswifty's picture

Nothing to prove, as Ron has been a beacon for a long time. Today's test comes in the form of his son. Where does Rand stand and when's the Senate vote? Does the son have the same conviction as the father? I would think an active Senator looking to run for potus would have more sway than a retired congressman.

11b40's picture

Yes, what the Senate does with this will be very interesting to watch. The politicians are beholden to the MIC & neocon lobby, but the general population may not be so easy to whip up by the war mongers.

NuckingFuts's picture

What happened about 4-6 weeks ago that caused all of these assholes to login and share their 'opinions'?  There has been so much recently I sense a trend of some kind... what was it?  What is the first rule of Fight Club for fuck sakes?  Don't talk about Fight Club.

Squiddly Diddly's picture

"dying deer that cannot pass its fronteer without be aimed to get a headshot" -- This is the clue along with the rest of it.

You write like college educated white guy trying to imitate some kind of ignorant foreigner or something. What agency are you working for and do your parents know what you do? If they are not ashamed of you then have them read your post.

C'mon sharpen up if your gonna fool me. I follow Jim Willie, maybe that will encourage you. Try angry, Eskimo male- lesbian persona vs. rural preppers. That could be funny. This attempt-not so much.

bitterwolf's picture

lol...what a farce...my white man name..numbnutts...coz....I bark like small  tard' dog

Parrotile's picture

Having had a further look at this - seems the Bill was passed under the "Suspenson of the Rules process - a process "which is typically used to pass non-controversial bills. Votes under suspension require a 2/3rds majority. A failed vote under suspension can be taken again."

Out of 434 Senators, 11 voted against with 13 abstensions, so 95% of the House voted for this Bill https://www.govtrack.us/congress/votes/113-2014/h548

The Bill contents are available on-line for the whole World to see - https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/113/hres758/text, and the Bill was proposed by a Republican - Adam Kinzinger - https://www.govtrack.us/congress/members/adam_kinzinger/412421, who, amongst his Committee memberships, lists the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, and the Subcommittee on Terrorism, Nonproliferation and Trade.

The "Whole World" includes Russia and the other members of the BRICS Alliance. If this doesn't amount to "Giving the Bear a poke in the eye with a sharp stick" I don't know what does. Let us all just hope the Russian ruling elite don't take too much notice, 'cause if this had been Russia, then the Western MSM would have been foaming at the mouth for all-out war "to teach them a lesson".

ebworthen's picture

CONgress is a bunch of dopes who have not read history and are stuck in the propaganda of the 1950's.

Instead of heeding Eisenhower's warning about the M.I.C. at home, they perpetuate it by resurrecting an "enemy" that is gone.  We should make the Russian Federation our ally.

Sloppy Joe's picture

Right! and then this:

" just as now I am not an admirer of Putin or any foreign political leader "

ANY foreign leader? So they all should be like your numbnuts O'bummer?

Only in the mindset of an American....

 

11b40's picture

Ron Paul is an admirer of Obummer? I never knew that.

shovelhead's picture

Ratheon, Textron and General Dynamics with a host of others voted for it.

The House was just the mechanism they used.

Lets see if the Senate is as pliable as the numbskulls down the hall.

I won't hold my breath.

BoyRobot777's picture

sure :)) and when what? everybody nuke everybody. Wow great plan! Much congrats :D Putin might be fcked up enough to order that, but i believe that russians aren't that moronic to actually follow that order

Latina Lover's picture

If there is a nuclear war, it will start with your precious Ukraine, with Kiev and Lvov burned to a crisp. Be careful what you hope for.

piratepiet's picture

Some people seem to have created a MAD world ( Mutually Assured Destruction ).

If nukes exists and the USA vs Russia paradigm isn 't the biggest case of good cop-bad cop in human history, the MAD world probably exists, and consequently the Robot Boy is right.

JR's picture

It is men with arms bringing death to others without arms; it is a case of the defenseless being murdered, of the hunted and persecuted vs. the hunters and persecutors (paraphrased).

It is the diabolical American/Israeli superpower versus the innocents of the world.

tarabel's picture

 

 

Russia nuking Kiev and Lemberg is an American-Israeli plot? You're going to have to explain how we managed to hypnotize Grandmaster Putin in his Kremlin chamber.

tarabel's picture

 

 

Ever notice how it is the Okhrana that is always bringing up the subject of nuclear war? Nobody else, other than the PLA and the DPRK, creams their jeans at the idea so much that they have to constantly obsess and mention it. Quite Freudian, especially considering the dwarf who runs the country.

Also notice how the Grand Duchy of Evil, in the personage of you, just threatend to use nuclear weapons on a neighboring country that has none.

How about we dust off a couple of Pershings and open up a new Lend-Lease program?  Even up the scales a bit and put an end to all of this sick proto-Soviet power-tripping about how great it is to be a Third World extraction colony with a big bag of firecrackers.

 

PS-- you still have the word Putin misspelled on your avatar's ID.

Max Steel's picture

Tarabel yanks like you are just waiting for miserable  old fucks with their heads up their asses to die off and they will . What crevice did you crawl out of ..

TungstenBars's picture

"Member for
19 weeks 1 day"
How much do you get paid per post?
BoyRobot777's picture

every down vote gives me joy :D i do it for the lolz, sir. You are very serious guys here. All that information. All that POWER! So much brain weigh here. You can move continents. However you keep postilating dooms days... like little kids imagining their own world where they destroy everything. Its like Kim Jong Il

TungstenBars's picture

It's obvious you don't understand the subject matter if you think that way. Do you even understand a tenth of the articles? Serious question btw

Titus's picture

Amerikan Patriot

boyroBOT777

At least their usernames straightforwardly identify them.

piratepiet's picture

I like you already.  ZH can use a bit a fresh air.

BoyRobot777's picture

shhhhh.... You dont want to be downvoted here. -10 downvotes and you are "fascist" and a paid troll. Who would in their right mind want that in their track record in ZH? be cool man

Bingo Hammer's picture

Ok wiseguy, no down votes from me, so what's your great analysis re all things financial and geopolitical?

Tell ZH what you got?

State your case so we can upvote you...

The9thDoctor's picture

shhhhh.... You dont want to be downvoted here. -10 downvotes and you are "fascist" and a paid troll. Who would in their right mind want that in their track record in ZH? be cool man

Well, there are ways around that, lol.

Supernova Born's picture

POS, the only thing you'll achieve in your 13 week, shitty little run is a fix of the glitch.

FOAD.

piratepiet's picture

I do not understand this focus on how long somebody has been around on ZH.  Yes you can build a reputation, but being a new ZHer does not automatically invalidate what you write. 

usednabused's picture

True, being new doesn't prove you to be mentally deficient. What you type does though....

piratepiet's picture

I have never looked another human being in the eye and felt mentally (intelectually) deficient. 

Againstthelie's picture

Everybody can smell that you are a jew.

Amerikan Patriot's picture

Bob, either knock off the anti-semitic blather or I'll be forced to facilitate your getting kicked off the board.