Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Against Islamic State, ‘We Are Our Own Worst Enemy’

-Ron Paul
To generate support for increasing or initiating U.S. military operations, the American people must be frightened and greatly concerned for the danger the lurks around the corner.

Remember how Saddam Hussein was about to attack the U.S. with weapons of mass destruction in 2002? All lies, but we invaded, bombed and killed anyway.

Once again we are being warned by our Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel of a threat from the Islamic State “beyond anything we’ve seen.” Last year, bombing of Syria was rejected by the American people and Congress. This year will be different. The administration has always argued that such action did not require congressional approval.

The barbarians are coming, and it’s thought that this foreign threat is our biggest problem. Those who believe this are all looking in the wrong place for the dangers we face.

But the real dangers that come from within a deeply flawed foreign policy, endless spending and debt, and a systematic attack on our civil liberties, are self-inflicted. Bin Laden, Saddam Hussein, the Islamic State or the Ayatollah could never have inflicted the pain that we have inflicted on ourselves.