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Our Unconstitutional Wars

by Congressman Ron Paul (R-TX)

Our foreign policy was in the spotlight last week, which is exactly where it should be. Almost two years ago many voters elected someone they thought would lead us to a more peaceful, rational co-existence with other countries. However, while attention has been focused on the administration’s disastrous economic policies, its equally disastrous foreign policies have exacerbated our problems overseas. Especially in times of economic crisis, we cannot afford to ignore costly foreign policy mistakes. That’s why it is important that U.S. foreign policy receive some much needed attention in the media, as it did last week with the leaked documents scandal.

Many are saying that the Wikileaks documents tell us nothing new. In some ways this is true. Most Americans knew that we have been fighting losing battles. These documents show just how bad it really is. The revelation that Pakistani intelligence is assisting the people we are bombing in Afghanistan shows the quality of friends we are making with our foreign policy. This kind of thing supports points that Rep. Dennis Kucinich and I tried to make on the House floor last week with a privileged resolution that would have directed the administration to remove troops from Pakistan pursuant to the War Powers Resolution.

We are not at war with Pakistan. Congress has made no declaration of war. (Actually, we made no declaration of war on Iraq or Afghanistan either, but that is another matter.) Yet we have troops in Pakistan engaging in hostile activities, conducting drone attacks and killing people. We sometimes manage to kill someone who has been identified as an enemy, yet we also kill about 10 civilians for every 1 of those. Pakistani civilians are angered by this, yet their leadership is mollified by our billions in bribe money. We just passed an appropriations bill that will send another $7.5 billion to Pakistan. One wonders how much of this money will end up helping the Taliban. This whole operation is clearly counterproductive, inappropriate, immoral and every American who values the rule of law should be outraged. Yet these activities are being done so quietly that most Americans, as well as most members of the House, don’t even know about them.

We should follow constitutional protocol when going to war. It is there for a reason. If we are legitimately attacked, it is the job of Congress to declare war. We then fight the war, win it and come home. War should be efficient, decisive and rare. However, when Congress shirks its duty and just gives the administration whatever it wants with no real oversight or meaningful debate, wars are never-ending, wasteful, and political. Our so-called wars have become a perpetual drain on our economy and liberty.

The founders knew that heads of state are far too eager to engage in military conflicts. That is why they entrusted the power to go to war with the deliberative body closest to the people — the Congress. Decisions to go to war need to be supported by the people. War should not be covert or casual. We absolutely should not be paying off leaders of a country while killing their civilians without expecting to create a lot of new problems. This is not what America is supposed to be about.

Many Gulf Residents Outraged at Reports of Vanishing Oil

A number of news articles have appeared since BP capped its gushing Deepwater Horizon oil well stating that the Gulf oil pollution has disappeared. Many in the Gulf beg to differ.
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Yahoo! News

Now that BP engineers have managed to place a cap on the company's bleeding well in the Gulf, the sprawling oil slicks seem to have retreated from the water's surface, claimed many media reports this week.

"Where is all the oil?" an AFP headline asked. Time magazine ran a piece suggesting that the environmental impact of the spill has been "exaggerated." The New York Times ran a story that said the "Gulf oil spill is vanishing fast." And this very news organization ran a story suggesting that oil-gobbling microbes are eating up a lot the oil.

Read more . . .

Documentary Alleges Obama 2008 Campaign Fraud


We Will Not Be Silenced 2008   Documentary website

Keali'i Reichel Comes Out in Support of Abercrombie

July 2, 2010

Keali'i Reichel says in an interview at Democrat Neil Abercrombie's birthday event that he supports him for Hawaii governor. The guests were treated to a couple of songs by the outstanding performer.

We're Going into the Greatest Depression and WW 3

Says Gerald Celente

7/2/10 Alex Jones Show

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It's Hard To Reach People With Facts and Sound Analysis

Says Paul Craig Roberts

Friday, July 30, 2010

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U.S. Treasury Is Running on Empty

Paul Craig Roberts wrote his good-bye back in March, but here he returns to comment on the WikiLeaks release of the Afghan War Diary.
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by Paul Craig Roberts

Mr. Roberts was the Assistant Secretary of the U.S. Treasury during the Ronald Reagan administration, becoming known as “the father of Reaganomics.” He is a former associate editor of the Wall Street Journal and a syndicated columnist for creators.com. A Republican, he has gone public in his criticism of the Republican Bush administration and now, the Democratic Obama administration.

The White House is screaming like a stuck pig. WikiLeaks’ release of the Afghan War Documents “puts the lives of our soldiers and our coalition partners at risk.”

What nonsense. Obama’s war puts the lives of American soldiers at risk, and the craven puppet state behavior of “our partners” in serving as US mercenaries is what puts their troops at risk.

Keep in mind that it was someone in the US military that leaked the documents to WikiLeaks. This means that there is a spark of rebellion within the Empire itself.

Read more . . . [LewRockwell.com]

Djou Continues Push for Stronger South Korea Relationship

Congressman Charles K. Djou gave the following speech from the floor of the U.S. House, calling for greater cooperation and a deeper relationship with the Republic of Korea.

Djou: Not Fully Funding Forces to Guam a Major Mistake

Congressman Charles K. Djou (R - Hawaii District 1) gave the following speech from the floor of the U.S. House today during consideration of the Military Construction and Veterans Affairs and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, expressing his disappointment that his amendment to fully fund (as the President requested) the realignment of forces to Guam was not allowed to be considered by the full House.

Hawaii Gubernatorial Candidates Forum Held Last Night

Gubernatorial candidates gathered last night at the Waikiki Sheraton for a forum sponsored by the Waikiki Neighborhood Board. Out of the total of 11 candidates running, 7 were in attendance. Republican candidate Duke Aiona, the present lieutenant governor, did not attend.

Mass media attention focused on the two "leading" candidates, former Congressman Neil Abercrombie (D), and former Honolulu Mayor Mufi Hannemann.

No news yet on whether or not a full-length video will be made available on-line.

KHON2 covers the forum and provides a short video.

Links:

Hawaii 2010 Candidates [HPI]

Abercrombie, Hannemann, push their platforms at a Waikiki forum [Hawaii News Now]

Journalistic erasure continues at new Star-Advertiser as it deletes candidates from forum [Disappeared News]

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