Ron Paul: No More Apologies, Just Stop The Warmongering!

TONY BLAIR’S HALF-HEARTED MEA CULPA MISSES THE MARK || By RON PAUL || Usually when politicians apologize it’s because they have been caught doing something wrong, or they are about to be caught. Such was likely the case with former British Prime Minister Tony Blair, who recently offered an “apology” for…


ron paul|| By RON PAUL || Usually when politicians apologize it’s because they have been caught doing something wrong, or they are about to be caught. Such was likely the case with former British Prime Minister Tony Blair, who recently offered an “apology” for the 2003 invasion of Iraq. Blair faces the release of a potentially damning report on his government’s conduct in the run-up to the 2003 US/UK invasion of Iraq.

Similarly, a batch of emails released from the private server of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton show Blair pledging support for US military action against Iraq a full year before the decision to attack had supposedly been made. While Prime Minister Blair was assuring his constituents that he was dedicated to diplomacy in the Iraq crisis, he was communicating through back channels that he was ready for war whenever former president George W. Bush decided on it.

A careful observer of public opinion, Blair took the surprising step of “apologizing” for the Iraq war during an interview on CNN last month.

However, there are two other characteristics of politicians’ apologies: they rarely take personal blame for a misdeed and rarely do they atone for those misdeeds.

Thus Tony Blair did not apologize for his role in pushing the disastrous Iraq war. He did not apologize for having, as former head UN Iraq inspector Hans Blix claimed, “misrepresented intelligence on weapons of mass destruction to gain approval for the Iraq War.”

No, Tony Blair “apologized” for “the fact that the intelligence we received was wrong,” on Iraq. He apologized for “mistakes in planning” for post-Saddam Hussein Iraq. He boldly refused to apologize for removing Saddam from power.

In other words, he apologized that the intelligence manipulated by his cronies to look like Saddam had weapons of mass destruction and posed a threat to the UK turned out to not be the case.  For Blair, it was someone else’s fault.

But if we are waiting for any kind of apology from Bush for Iraq we shouldn’t hold our breath.  Likewise if we are looking for any kind of apology from President Barack Obama for a similarly disastrous war on false pretext against Libya we shouldn’t bother waiting.

If they ever did apologize, we can be sure that like Blair they would never really confess to their own manipulations nor would they seek to atone for the destruction their manipulations caused.

In fact, far from apologizing for leading the United States into the Libya war based on a false pretext, President Obama is taking US ground troops into Syria on a false pretext.  Let’s not forget, this US military action was sold as a limited operation to save a small religious minority stranded on a hilltop in northern Iraq.  After one year and thousands of bombing runs against Iraq and Syria, Obama announced last week he is sending US ground troops into Syria after promising no fewer than seven times that he would not do so.

Here’s an idea: instead of apologies and non-apologies from politicians, how about an actual debate on the policies that led to such disasters?  Why not discuss why the US keeps being drawn into wars on false pretexts?  But that is a discussion we will not have, because both parties are in favor of these wars.  They are ready to spend us into Third World status to continue their empire.  When we get there, we will never hear their apologies.

Ron Paul is a former U.S. Congressman from Texas and the leader of the pro-liberty, pro-free market movement in the United States. His weekly column – reprinted with permission – can be found here.


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TroubleBaby November 2, 2015 at 8:48 am

Everyone likes to hear “sorry”, don’t they? Better than an “Oopsie Daisy! We killed a million people, destabilized the region for 100 years, & made it a terrorist breeding ground. It was just an unforeseeable accident!”

“Sorry” makes things a lot better, but Tony Blair could learn how to say it better from Tony Hayward:

Ernesto November 2, 2015 at 8:57 am

“They are ready to spend us into Third World status to continue their empire.”
The american Empire and its ideology (‘american exceptionalism’) is simmering on the ash heap of history. Historians will pinpoint the Irak war as the most egregious mistake by Cheney/Bush.

Terry Conspiracy November 2, 2015 at 1:15 pm

“The most egregious mistake by Cheney/Bush” is not the Iraq invasion any more than the roles that they played in the 9-11-01 False Flag attacks on their own people is a mistake. These were planned and premeditated deliberate acts Ernesto, not mistake. Our Mainstream Media moguls must continue to be challenged and held accountable for the roles they are playing in continuing to cover up the trail of the true planners and perpetrators of these major history changing crimes against all of humanity,

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Enemies November 2, 2015 at 9:21 am

He also said the botched war on Iraq contributed to the rise of ISIS. First, the republicans give us Al Queda, then GWB and Cheney give us ISIS. Thanks, assholes!

CorruptionInColumbia November 2, 2015 at 1:50 pm

In all fairness, don’t forget that 0bama had his part to play via his support of Arab Spring snd related movements.

Enemies November 2, 2015 at 3:26 pm

If Saddam was still in power, there would be no ISIS. Who took Saddam out of power?

CorruptionInColumbia November 2, 2015 at 4:03 pm

Good point!

Daniel Chase November 3, 2015 at 10:08 pm

Saddam was not a good guy by any stretch of the imagination. But he was better than what’s going on now.

Sic Semper Tyrannis November 2, 2015 at 11:27 am

Benghazi was way more important.

IAM Alexander November 3, 2015 at 12:35 am

Unfortunately, to dismay of people who want to vote republican for true conservative and constitutionalist, GOP base has become a party of military complex and foreign interfering war machine that has already cost us thousands of American lives and trillions of dollars and there is no end in sight with ISIS debacle. If you are voting GOP you are voting for war welfare and if you vote Dems you are voting for domestic welfare. Americans are stuck between dumb and dumber. What a choice…

IAM a pussy GOP voter November 3, 2015 at 10:49 am

Don’t forget we love jack booted thugs violently abusing our children in the schools too.
We want complete authoritarian rule over all aspect of our lives. We’re terrified by these ‘thug’ teenage girls!

Daniel Chase November 3, 2015 at 10:06 pm

There has got to be a better way…

FarleyLives! November 5, 2015 at 8:34 pm

War for IMF profit, that simple.


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