US to Iraq: ‘Vote All You Want, We’re Not Leaving!’

by | Jan 14, 2020 | Headline News, Ron Paul | 9 comments

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    This article was originally published by Ron Paul at The Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity. 

    President Trump’s decision earlier this month to assassinate Iran’s top military general on Iraqi soil – over the objection of the Iraqi government – has damaged the US relationship with its “ally” Iraq and set the region on the brink of war. Iran’s measured response – a few missiles fired on an Iraqi base after advance warning was given – is the only reason the US is not mired in another Middle East war.

    Trump said his decision to assassinate Gen. Qassim Soleimani was intended to prevent a war, not start a war. But no one in his right mind would think that killing another country’s top military leader would not leave that country annoyed, to say the least. Senators Mike Lee (R-UT) and Rand Paul (R-KY) said the Trump Administration’s briefing to Congress on its evidence to back up claims that Soleimani was about to launch attacks against the US was among the worst briefings they’d ever attended.

    After initially claiming that Soleimani had to be taken out immediately because of the “imminent” attacks he was launching against the US, Trump Administration officials including Secretary of State Pompeo and Defense Secretary Esper have been busy walking back those claims. Esper claimed over the weekend that he had not seen the intelligence suggesting an attack on US embassies was in the works. If the Secretary of Defense did not see the intelligence, then who did?

    No doubt the Iraqi leadership recognized these kinds of deceptions: the same kinds of lies were used to push the US into attacking their own country in 2003. So it should not have come as a big surprise that the Iraqi government met last week and voted that all foreign military personnel should leave Iraqi soil.

    Then a funny thing happened when the Iraqi prime minister attempted to communicate to the US government the will of the Iraqi people through their democratically-elected officials. On Thursday Iraqi Prime Minister Mahdi phoned Pompeo to urgently request that Washington enact a US troop “withdrawal mechanism” in Iraq. American troops are in Iraq by invitation of the Iraqi government and the Iraqi government had just voted to revoke that invitation.

    The State Department responded with a statement titled “The US Continued Partnership with Iraq,” in which it essentially said that the US would not abide by the request of its Iraqi partners because the US military is a “force for good” in the Middle East and that as such it is “our right” to maintain “appropriate force posture” in the region.

    The US invaded Iraq based on Bush Administration lies and a million Iraqis died as a result. Later, President Obama ramped up the drone program and also backed al-Qaeda affiliated terrorists to overthrow the secular Syrian government. Obama also attacked Libya based on lies, leaving the country totally destroyed. Trump is assassinating foreign officials and threatening the destruction of Iran.

    And the State Department calls that a “force for good”?

    The United States can be a true force for good, however. End the military occupation of the Middle East, end foreign military aid, stop using the CIA to overthrow governments. Allow Americans to travel and do business in any country they wish. Lead by example and demonstrate how free markets and peace benefit all. A “force for good” means not forcing others to bow to your will.


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      1. Trump has been contaminated by filthy, scummy, dirty, slimy parasites. The disgusting germs and parasites have posessed Trump’s brain. He is filled and contaminated with filth. There is no cure for Trump. It is a terminal situation. The worms ate into his brain. All that remains is a stuffed suit and comb-over.

      2. Sometimes I think Ron Paul needs to pull his head of his nether regions.

      3. Constitutionalists like RP have passively allowed radical change agents to institute a balance of powers, when all of the secular questions would have been answered by the Supremacy Clause.

        Biblically speaking, there is nothing strictly unjust about a king inflicting vulgar triumphalism upon some heathen.

      4. We will see about that. Iran is planning to sue Trump through the ICC, which is also planning on suing many Israelis.

        It is extremely easy for criminal psychopaths to violate international law when they are not held personally responsible, accountable, and liable for their crimes.

        Expect an immediate about face on policy fronts as a result of this, which is now taking place in Africa, with the Pentagon considering pulling troops out of Africa, now France is crying like a baby for the U.S. not to leave, just as France cried like a baby to get the U.S. to assassinate Qadafi for creating a trans-African gold based Dinar, and just like the U.K. did when Trump announced an immediate trooop withdrawl in Syria, there was suddenly and coincidently a supposed chemical attack endangering Brits in Syria, as if the military and defence engineers are incapable of anything else.

        Bring the troops home and have the defense contractors engineers work on much needed projects in America that now resembles a third world country in many areas.

        Don’t be stupid and lookfor a war in the Pacific with China. You will definitely lose!

        In fact, if the U.S. was able to honor the decisions of foreign nations, like electing Maduro, Evo Morales, and others, China would not be in Andean Countries and we would have trading partners rather than adversaries.

      5. Well I guess it’s official. This site has hit the end. Used to have hundreds of comments and good ones too. Oh well ya better go sign up fo the military, Be a good yes man non thinking troglodite and go kill people without being prosecuted. Uncle Sam wants YOU! Ya fookin phyco retarded believe evything you hear on tv idiots….

        • Ironically, alot of the dissenting opinions at shtf seem to have come from vets and reservists. Maybe, they were sent to war.

      6. “Never give up ground that Americans have died for.”
        If you fight for it. Keep it. No matter if the fight was justified or not. Might makes right. The way of the world. The way of nature.

        Of course Bush lied. Of course Trump lies. Of course government lies. It is what they do. Government ALWAYS Lies-Decieves-Steals-Robs-Thieves-Bullies, the people. The way of the world. “Might makes right..”

        All Governments ALWAYS Lie-Steal and Bullies.

      7. Amerikkka being empoverished by sending monthly huge amounts of money to middle east in name of oil.
        Its masters probably laugh seeing U.S. infrastructure being crumble slowly, roads, trains, schools, etc.
        Meanwhile the american sheeple dreams with a lifestyle they will never get due to. Muricans bended to them at first day of ‘agreement’ only to win 2ww which was mainly won by the Russians btw. Ill fated nation giving with kissed hands huge amounts of wealth that could had fixed many domestic issues, but the greedy masters wont let it happen, they ate ingrained inside capitol and the once pride society now decadent.

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