Ron Paul on Iran

Last Updated : Dec 13, 2011

Summary

Congressman Paul does not support sanctions against Iran, stating that they only harm the poorest people in a nation and are an act of war and a prelude to full blown war. He does not believe that a nuclear Iran is a threat to the US or Israel, and has stated that Iran is not a signatory of nuclear nonproliferation treaty and has abided by the IAEA rules.

In 2006, Congressman Paul opposed sanctions being placed against Iran. He noted that we have attempted sanctions on numerous countries in an effort to force out a dictator and it has never worked. He argues that conversely, vigorous economic interaction with numerous countries has brought down regimes similar to the one in Iran.

Congressman Paul also asserted that Iran is not a threat to Israel or the US as it's military is small and it's military technology is not comparable to the US. He cautioned that there might be a Gulf of Tonkin style event to gain popular support for an invasion.

In 2009, Congressman Paul argued against further possible sanctions noting that economically isolating the country may create a unifying effect within Iran. He notes that the elite of the country are never the ones to truly suffer in an embargo and inflicting further harm on the people of Iran would not endear our cause to them.

 

Rogue Regime

In March of 2006, Congressman Paul appeared on Fox News and spoke about possible sanctions against Iran. He spoke about the correlation between this bill and the actions leading up to the invasion of Iraq.

 

Sanctions Against Iran

In April of 2006, Congressman Paul used his "Texas Talk" to discuss possible sanctions with Iran.

 

Avoiding War with Iran

In May of 2006, Congressman Paul used his "Texas Talk" to address the need for diplomacy with Iran.

 

Redeployment of Iraq Troops

In January of 2007, Congressman Paul used his "Texas Talk" to address the possible redeployment of troops from Iraq and what the US should do about Iran.

 

Presidential Debate

During a Presidential debate on Fox News, Congressman Paul was asked a hypothetical question about Iran's nuclear weapon capability and their threat to Israel. Congressman Paul notes that Israel has it's own nuclear capabilities that far outweigh Iran's. He notes that Iran is cooperating with the IAEA and that we should not be looking for a chance to attack Iran.

 

Bombed if you do ...

In December of 2007, Congressman Paul used his "Texas Talk" address to discuss Iran and it's nuclear program.

 

Iran Policy Hearing

In July of 2008, Congressman Paul spoke at a hearing on Iranian policy. The videos below show his opening remarks on that committee, and his comments on the committee and the proposed embargo.

 

 

Campaign for Liberty Video

In September of 2009, Congressman Paul made a video discussing the Iranian nuclear program. He discusses the fact that Iran is not part of the nuclear nonproliferation treaty, and that the country is abiding by the IAEA rules for the development of nuclear energy.

 

Floor Speech on Iran Sanctions Act

In December of 2009, Congressman Paul spoke on the House floor about his opposition to the Iran Sanctions Act. He notes that the language of the bill could lead to a blockade of Iran or other military actions. He then responds to a rebuttal on his positions.

 

Sanctions are Precursors to War

In December of 2009, Congressman Paul used his "Texas Talk" to address the recent sanctions on Iran. He notes that sanctions are typically precursors to war and not diplomatic tools.

 

Comprehensive Iran Sanctions, Accountability and Divestment Act

In April of 2010, Congressman Paul spoke on the House floor in opposition to the Comprehensive Iran Sanctions, Accountability and Divestment Act.

 

Iowa Debate

In August of 2011, Congressman Paul participated in the Republican Presidential debate in Ames, Iowa. He stated that sanctions were a precursor to war, and that the US had no right to stop Iran from obtaining nuclear power.

 

CBS Foreign Policy Debate

On November 12, 2011 Congressman Paul participated in the CBS foreign policy debate. He was asked there if war with Iran was worth it to prevent them from achieving a nuclear weapon and he states that it is not.

Voting Record

Comprehensive Iran Sanctions, Accountability, and Divestment Act

In June of 2010 the House voted on the Comprehensive Iran Sanctions, Accountability, and Divestment Act. The Act passed 408-8. Ron Paul voted against the Comprehensive Iran Sanctions, Accountability, and Divestment Act.

Ron Paul voted against the Comprehensive Iran Sanctions, Accountability, and Divestment Act.

Iran Refined Petroleum Sanctions Act of 2009

In December of 2009, the House voted on legislation to enact sanctions on Iran's oil system hoping to force it to engage diplomatically on its nuclear program. The measure passed 412-12. Ron Paul voted against the Iran Refined Petroleum Sanctions Act of 2009.

Ron Paul voted against the Iran Refined Petroleum Sanctions Act of 2009.

 

Sponsored and Cosponsored Legislation

Session-110; Bill Number-H J Res 14; The Use of Military Force in Iran - Cosponsor

Provides that: (1) no provision of law enacted before the date of the enactment of this joint resolution shall be construed to authorize the use of U.S. military force against Iran; and (2) absent a national emergency created by an attack or imminent attack by Iran upon the United States, its territories or possessions or its Armed Forces, the President shall consult with Congress, and receive specific authorization pursuant to law from Congress, prior to initiating military force against Iran.

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