Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Ron Paul: The Future of Iraq

-Voices of Liberty Weekly Podcast
Today we discuss the blame game being played in Washington over who is responsible for what has come to be in Iraq. Is it President Obama? Dick Cheney and his tribe believe so.

But what about those who supported the Iraq war when no clear evidence of weapons of mass distraction . . . pardon me, destruction . . . was ever found? And what about those who described the war in Iraq as “mission accomplished” in 2005?

Dr. Paul responds to the question, what do you make of this back-and-forth banter on where the blame lies for the current situation in Iraq? He also comments on whether he believes it is helpful, in this instance, to understand what happened in the past that led us to where we are today.

We dig deeper into U.S. involvement in Iraq today by looking at a Reuters report that states Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei believes the U.S., in its efforts to collude Iran into joining forces to intervene in Iraq, is actually trying to to retake control of Iraq by exploiting sectarian rivalries.

The Islamic Republic News Agency reported Khamenei as saying, “We are strongly opposed to U.S. and other intervention in Iraq.” Dr. Paul responds to whether or not he is surprised by Ayatollah Ali Khamenei’s response to U.S. intervention in Iraq.

Finally, we discuss comments from Qubad Talabani, the incoming deputy prime minister of the KRG, or the Kurdish Regional Government, which recently seized the oil-rich city of Kirkuk.

On the KRG website, Talabani said, “The Iraq we knew has come to an end. Whether Iraq will break up into multiple countries, whether it breaks up into several federations, whether it is a confederation . . . has not been discussed, is undefined. It could take many different turns.”

The Kurds reportedly have received encouragement from Turkey to pursue outright independence as “Kurdistan” in Northeastern Iraq. Dr. Paul shares his thoughts on Iraq being on a path to becoming perhaps multiple countries, federations or a confederation.