Congressman and Republican presidential hopeful Ron Paul (R-Texas) has condemned H.R. 4133, the United States-Israel Enhanced Security Cooperation Act of 2012, a bill put forth in the United States House of Representatives that would allow for the United States to continue to support Israel’s military with added weaponry. It was the topic of Paul’s vehement tongue lashing on the House floor in Washington, D.C. last Wednesday (5/9/12). Paul viciously attacked the contents of the bill and asserted that, if passed, the legislation would reestablish America’s major role in Israeli affairs.
The following block-quote from Paul was aimed directly at House Speaker John Boehner –
“This is another piece of one-sided and counter-productive foreign policy legislation. This bill’s real intent seems to be more saber-rattling against Iran and Syria and it undermines US diplomatic efforts by making clear that the US is not an honest broker seeking peace for the Middle East. The bill calls for the United States to significantly increase our provision of sophisticated weaponry to Israel, and states that it is to be U.S. policy to ‘help Israel preserve its qualitative military edge’ in the region.”
According to the contents of the actual bill it was created to
- reaffirm America’s commitment to Israel’s security as a Jewish state
- provide Israel with the military capabilities to defend itself
- expand military and civil cooperation
- and encourage Israel’s neighbors to recognize Israel’s right to exist as a Jewish state
…among other matters according to the official synopsis included in the legislation. H.R. 4133 was introduced in March by Rep. Eric Cantor and discussed for around one hour on Wednesday afternoon before a motion to reconsider was proposed and agreed upon without objection. Expounding on his opposition to the bill, Paul told his fellow lawmakers that:
“While I absolutely believe that Israel – and any other nation – should be free to determine for itself what is necessary for its national security, I do not believe that those decisions should be underwritten by US taxpayers and backed up by the US military. This bill states that it is the policy of the United States to ‘reaffirm the enduring commitment of the United States to the security of the State of Israel as a Jewish state. However, according to our Constitution the policy of the United States government should be to protect the security of the United States, not to guarantee the religious, ethnic, or cultural composition of a foreign country. In fact, our own Constitution prohibits the establishment of any particular religion in the US. This bill will not help the United States, it will not help Israel, and it will not help the Middle East. It will implicitly authorize much more US interventionism in the region at a time when we cannot afford the foreign commitments we already have. It more likely will lead to war against Syria, Iran, or both. I urge my colleagues to vote against this bill.”
Where is Ron Paul when spending allocations for Palestine and Yemen are being voted on? It concerns me that Mr. Paul is most vocal about our foreign spending when it pertains to Israel, one of the United States longest and most loyal allies. It appears he’s more concerned with sparing the feelings of the Iranian government than he is in helping a peaceful, God fearing nation like Israel defend herself from the likes of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who’s about 2 uninterrupted years away from launching a full scale nuclear war on not just Israel, but the entire world; the same Ahmadinejad who is aggressively pumping his nations wealth into Nuclear armaments coupled with Intercontinental Ballistic missile technology which is expected to surface as soon as 2014 and will have the capability of reaching not just Israel but the U.S. mainland. If deployed it’s almost certain such a ICBM would carry a nuclear payload (please see our report on Israeli Prime Minister Slams Obama on Stalled Iranian Nuclear Talks).
Since Paul is adamant we not help Israel defend herself against, or heaven forbid, even defeat Iran, perhaps he should start lobbying for upgrading our outdated surface to air missile defense systems which are currently rusting away. One way or the other, Iran will have to be dealt with, either by sending the equipment to Israel and giving them the support they need in order to successfully destroy the Iranian Nuclear facilities, or by spending twice that amount on new, cutting edge defense systems of our own that will be capable of thwarting a nuclear attack. Both, would be preferable.
I know there’s people that support Ron Paul and for various reasons. At first glance his “slam the door shut on the outside world” style of foreign policy seems very tempting. However, when you begin to peel back the actual layers of the mid-east conflict, revealing the documented facts, you’ll soon realize that reality, as horrific as it is, negates such an irresponsible foreign policy and obligates us to help our allies defeat this very real threat to us, our children, and subsequent generations of American’s and Israeli’s.
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- Ron Paul On United States-Israel Enhanced Security Cooperation Act – OpEd (eurasiareview.com)
- Should the US Go To War for Israel? (lewrockwell.com)