Ron Paul on The War in Iraq

Last Updated : Mar 25, 2011

Summary

Congressman Paul voted against granting President Bush the authority to use force in Iraq, He opposed the surge and voted against it. He supported timetables for withdrawal. Congressman Paul opposed the war on numerous principles. First, he did not believe that the reasons given by the Bush administration were sufficient for a war and were not sufficiently proven. He has stated that what the Bush administration was asking for was not the authority to go to war, but the authority to use force - something that is not constitutional. Congress and the President only have the authority to go to war, not to simply use force at will. Since war was not declared, it was not constitutional. Congressman Paul also stated that there were no goals, no plan, and no metric to judge the war's success  or end.

 

The War Drums are Beating

In February of 2002, Congressman Paul spoke on the House floor about the movement to war with Iraq. He discusses oil policy, national security, and the actions taken by China and how our response with them is different from the responses we take with Iraq.

 

Opposition to the authorization for the use of force

On October 4, 2002 Congressman Paul spoke about his opposition to the possibility of using force against Iraq. He notes that he has not seen any reason to invade Iraq.

On October 8, 2002, Congressman Paul spoke about his opposition to the authorization for the use of force in Iraq. Congressman Paul's argument against the resolution were that it was not an official declaration of war, and it is a preemptive strike for the first time in history noting that there has been no act of aggression.

 

Delaying the Inevitable

In June of 2008, Congressman Paul used his "Texas Talk" to discuss the cost of staying in Iraq as what he called "delaying the inevitable."

 

Surrender is Not an Option

In September of 2007, Congressman Paul used his "Texas Talk" to discuss his belief that leaving Iraq was not surrender.

 

Presidential Campaign

Congressman Paul remained opposed to the War in Iraq. He spoke often about the war during the Presidential campaign for the 2008 elections.

 

Statements for General Petraus

 

Five Years in Iraq

In March of 2008, Congressman Paul used his "Texas Talk" address to discuss the five year anniversary of the war in Iraq.

 

Economy as a Casualty of War

In June of 2008, Congressman Paul used his "Texas Talk" to discuss the effect of the War in Iraq on the economy in the US.

 

Iraq or the Economy

In July of 2008, Congressman Paul again used his "Texas Talk" to address the effects of the war in Iraq on the economy by noting that wealth generated by a country is used to fight the war instead of being placed back into the economy.

 

Predictions Versus Reality

In September of 2008, Congressman Paul used his "Texas Talk" to discuss the predictions in Iraq compared to the realities.

 

Getting Out of Iraq

In July of 2008, Congressman Paul used his "Texas Talk" to address the need to remove troops from Iraq.

 

Discussion on Foreign Policy

In March of 2009, Congressman Paul spoke on the House floor about foreign policy and the war in Iraq. He notes that President Obama has broken his commitment to remove the troops in 18 months now plans to have 50,000 there by the end of 2011.

 

An End or an Escalation

In August of 2010, Congressman Paul used his "Texas Talk" to address the stated end to the Iraq war. 

 

Voting Record

Disapproval of the Surge Strategy

In February of 2007, the house passed a resolution disapproving of President Bush\'s recently announced surge strategy in Iraq. The vote on the bill was largely partisan, with a vast majority of Democrats supporting the legislation and thus disapproved of the surge. Although the resolution passed the house in roll call 99, it was not voted on in the Senate. Ron Paul voted in favor of this resolution and thus opposed the surge.

Ron Paul voted in favor of this resolution and thus opposed the surge.

Requirement for Iraq Redeployment Strategy

In October 2007, the House put forth yet another resolution to require that President Bush submit a strategy for redeployment from Iraq. The bill explicitly stated that it endorsed to specific action, but rather required that the Secretary of Defense submit a strategy to congress for the redeployment of troops from Iraq within 60 days of the resolution. Although the resolution passed the House with bipartisan support, it was not voted on in the Senate. Ron Paul voted to support the Requirement for Iraq Redeployment Strategy.

Ron Paul voted to support the Requirement for Iraq Redeployment Strategy.

Responsible Redeployment from Iraq Act

In July of 2007, the House again addressed the issue of redeploying troops from the Iraqi theatre. This bill had the same goal as other resolutions to redeploy troops, but lacked the removal of funding that enforced the resolution. Although a small number of members from both side crossed party lines, the resolution passed in roll call 624 among largely partisan lines. Ron Paul cast a "No Vote"

Responsible Redeployment from Iraq Act

The Responsible Redeployment from Iraq Act was an attempt by House Democrats to bring the number of American military members in Iraq to a limited number by April 1, 2008. The measure passed the House in a 223-201 vote, but was never raised in the Senate. Ron Paul cast a "No Vote"

Iraq Transition Act

The Iraq Transition Act was a bill to to require the Secretary of Defense to commence the reduction of the number of United States Armed Forces in Iraq to a limited presence by April 1, 2008, and for other purposes. The bill passed the House 221-196 but was never raised in the Senate. Ron Paul voted against this resolution to limit troops by April 1, 2008.

Ron Paul voted against this resolution to limit troops by April 1, 2008.

Troop Redeployment in 180 days

In May of 2007, the House attempted to pass a resolution to require that President Bush begin redeployment of troops from Iraq within 90 days and complete the withdrawal within 180 days. To enforce the resolution, language was added to restrict funding for any actions other than redeployment. Almost all Republicans opposed the resolution, and when a significant portion of Democrats joined the Republicans the resolution failed in roll call 330. Ron Paul voted to withdraw troops in 180 days.

Ron Paul voted to withdraw troops in 180 days.

Authorization for the use of Force in Iraq

The authorization for the use of force in Iraq was voted on in October of 2002. The authorization had the support of almost all Republicans and more than 1/3 of the Democrats. Ron Paul voted against the authorization for the use of force in Iraq.

Ron Paul voted against the authorization for the use of force in Iraq.

 

Sponsored and Cosponsored Legislation

Session-110; Bill Number-H R 787; Iraq War De-Escalation Act of 2007 - Cosponsor

States that: (1) U.S. Armed Forces levels in Iraq after the date of enactment of this Act shall not exceed January 10, 2007, levels without specific statutory authority enacted by Congress after the date of the enactment of this Act; and (2) except as otherwise provided, the phased redeployment of U.S. Armed Forces from Iraq shall begin by May 1, 2007.

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