Ron Paul on Syria: This Is How Vietnam and Iraq Started
President Barack Obama’s pledge to initiate a limited operation in Syria will likely escalate into a full-blown war, with Americans supporting a rebel cause that is backed by al-Qaida, retired Texas Rep. Ron Paul is arguing.
"The president has opened a can of worms that will destroy his presidency and possibly destroy this country. Another multibillion dollar war has begun," Paul wrote in a column posted on The Free Foundation.
The three-time presidential hopeful, registered Republican and champion of libertarian values, likened American involvement in Syria to both the Iraq and Vietnam wars.
"This plan to transfer weapons to the Syrian rebels had become policy much earlier than that, as The Washington Post reported that the CIA had expanded over the past year its secret bases in Jordan to prepare for the transfer of weapons to the rebels in Syria," wrote Paul.
"The process was identical to the massive deception campaign that led us into the Iraq war."
He also said "the Obama administration promises us that this is to be a very limited operation, providing small arms only, with no plans for a no-fly zone or American boots on the ground."
"That sounds an awful lot like how Vietnam started.
"When these few small arms do not achieve the pre-determined U.S. policy of regime change in Syria, what is the administration going to do? Admit failure and pull the troops out, or escalate?" Paul asked.
"History suggests the answer and it now appears to be repeating itself once again," Paul said.
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