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House Proceeding 03-10-10 on Mar 10th, 2010 :: 0:52:50 to 0:58:35
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Ron Paul

0:52:46 to 0:53:07( Edit History Discussion )

Ron Paul: i mean, i think it's timely. that's the whole point. i want to thank mr. poe of texas. i yield the gentleman five minutes. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for five minutes. mr. paul: i thank the gentleman for yielding and i ask unanimous consent to revise a extends my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. paul: mr. speaker, i rise in

Ron Paul

0:52:50 to 0:58:35( Edit History Discussion )
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Ron Paul

0:53:08 to 0:53:28( Edit History Discussion )

Ron Paul: strong support of this resolution. i thank the gentleman from ohio for bringing this issue up. it is late. this war started 10 years ago, it's time we talked about it. it was said earlier on, it is hard to quit a war, and we shouldn't be quitting. but i tell you what the real problem is, it's too easy to start a war, it's too easy to

Ron Paul

0:53:29 to 0:53:49( Edit History Discussion )

Ron Paul: get involved and that is our problem. the founders of this country tried very hard to prevent this kind of a dilemma that we're in now, getting involved in no-win wars and nobody knowing exactly who the enemys. the war was started and justified by quoting and using the war powers resolution

Ron Paul

0:53:50 to 0:54:11( Edit History Discussion )

Ron Paul: written in 1973. that was written after the fiasco of vietnam to try to prevent the problems of slipping into war. yet that resolution in itself was unconstitutional because it literally legalized war for 90 days. so, it was -- it did exactly the

Ron Paul

0:54:12 to 0:54:33( Edit History Discussion )

Ron Paul: opposite, so here we are, the 90-day permission for war, at that time, now it is close to 10 years. i'm afraid that this is a little bit too little, hopefully not too late for us to do something about this. are we going to do it for 10 more years? how long are we going to stay? and the enemy is said to be the taliban.

Ron Paul

0:54:34 to 0:54:54( Edit History Discussion )

Ron Paul: well, the taliban, they don't like them. and the more we kill, the mortal been a but -- the more taliban we get. but i want to quote a line, what the purpose of giving the president the power, which was an illegal transfer of power to

Ron Paul

0:54:55 to 0:55:16( Edit History Discussion )

Ron Paul: the president to pure war at will. it says, the authorities to authorize the use of united states armed forces against those responsible for the recent attacks launched against the united states,he taliban didn't launch an attack against the united states, the government of afghanistan didn't launch it. the best evidence is that of those 20 individuals, two of

Ron Paul

0:55:17 to 0:55:38( Edit History Discussion )

Ron Paul: them might have passed through afghanistan. a lot of the planning was done in germany and spain and the training was done here in the united states. oh, yes. the image is that they all conspired, a small group of people, with bin laden, they made this decision. right now the evidence is not there to prove that. but certainly bin laden was very

Ron Paul

0:55:39 to 0:55:59( Edit History Discussion )

Ron Paul: sympathetic, loved it and wanted to take credit for it. and one of the reasons why he wanted to take credit was that he said it would do three things for what he wanted. first, it would enhance his recruitment efforts for al qaeda and his attack against wesrn powers who have become overly involved in control of the

Ron Paul

0:56:21 to 0:56:41( Edit History Discussion )

Ron Paul: there's still a lot of moral support but there are a lot of people in this country now, the country is totally bankrupt and we're spending trlions of dollars on these useful wars, the people will become demoralized because history shows that all empires end because they expand too far and they bankrupt the country just as the soviet system came down

Ron Paul

0:56:42 to 0:57:02( Edit History Discussion )

Ron Paul: and that's what bin laden was hoping for. he also said that the dollars spent will bankrupt this country. and we are bankrupt and yet there is no hesitation to quit spending one cent overseas. we built embassies in baghdad,

Ron Paul

0:57:03 to 0:57:23( Edit History Discussion )

Ron Paul: we built embassy in kabul, billion-dollar embassies, fortresses and the all necessary. nobody is really concerned. if people were concerned about the disastrous affect of debt on this country, we would change our foreign policy and we would be safer for it. we are not safer because of this foreign policy. it's a policy of intervention

Ron Paul

0:57:24 to 0:57:44( Edit History Discussion )

Ron Paul: that has been going on for a long time and it will eventually end. this war is an illegal war. this war is an immoral war. this war is an unconstitutional war. and the least you can say is, illegitimate. there's no real purpose in this. the taliban did not attack us on

Ron Paul

0:57:45 to 0:58:05( Edit History Discussion )

Ron Paul: 9/11. do you know, after we went in to afghanistan, immediately the concerns were shifted to remaking the middle east. we went in to iraq, used this as a justification. it was nothing more than an excuse. most americans, the majority of americans, still believe that saddam hussein had nothing to do

Ron Paul

0:58:06 to 0:58:28( Edit History Discussion )

Ron Paul: with 9/11. and i imagine most americans believe that the taliban had something to do with 9/11 and it's not true. we need to change our foreign policy and come back to our senses and defend this country and not pretend to be the policemen of the world. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. who seeks time?

Ron Paul

0:58:29 to 0:58:36( Edit History Discussion )

Ron Paul: mr. kucinich: could i ask, madam speaker, how much time is remaing on each side? the speaker pro tempore: certainly.

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