Ron Paul House Floor Speech on Iraq (October 8, 2002)





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(C-SPAN) Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX) spoke about Iraq during a House floor speech on October 8, 2002.


(October 2, 2002) Joint Resolution [by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress] to Authorize the Use of United States Armed Forces Against Iraq

(House of Representatives - October 8, 2002) Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Iraq Resolution of 2002. Full transcript of Ron Paul's statement opposing the Authorization.

(House of Representatives - October 8, 2002) Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Iraq Resolution of 2002. Congressional Record of the session.

(House of Representatives - October 16, 2001) "Mr. HYDE. Madam Speaker, I move to suspend the rules and pass the Senate bill (S. 1465) to authorize the President to exercise waivers of foreign assistance restrictions with respect to Pakistan through September 30, 2003, and for other purposes."


Ron Paul voted against the 2002 Iraq resolution.

Said there is "no convincing evidence that Iraq is capable of threatening the security of this country." Stands against the preemptive strike.

In the Christian doctrine of Just War, the proper authority must be responsible for initiating the war, that proper authority cannot be transferred to the President nor to the United Nations. Going to war through the back door (the UN).

There's no act of agression. Iraq, an impoverish, 3rd world nation. Congress must assume responsibility for the declaration of war.

The Iraq Position Locator:

Ron Paul
Against the war.

Mitt Romney
Supported Bush's decision to go to war but has said that the postinvasion period was "mismanaged."

Rudy Giuliani
Supported the invasion then, supports it now.

John McCain
Strongly supported the war from the beginning. Voted for and co-sponsored the 2002 resolution.

Fred Thompson
Voted to authorize the use of force in Iraq in October 2002.

Hillary Clinton
Voted to authorize the war, urging Bush to use this "awesome responsibility" only "as a last resort."

Barak Obama
Opposed the war from the start. "Saddam poses no imminent and direct threat to the United States, or to his neighbors," he said in 2002.

John Edwards
Voted to authorize the war in 2002, declaring that the United States must "eliminate the threat posed by Saddam Hussein's weapons of mass destruction."

Joe Biden
Voted to authorize the war in 2002.

Nancy Pelosi
Voted against the 2002 joint Iraq resolution. Warned that using force without first exhausting diplomatic methods "will be harmful to our war on terrorism."


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