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Why I Don’t Trust Trump on Iran

By Ron Paul | January 6, 2020

President Trump and his Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told us the US had to assassinate Maj. Gen. Qassim Soleimani last week because he was planning “Imminent attacks” on US citizens. I don’t believe them.

Why not? Because Trump and the neocons – like Pompeo – have been lying about Iran for the past three years in an effort to whip up enough support for a US attack. From the phony justification to get out of the Iran nuclear deal, to blaming Yemen on Iran, to blaming Iran for an attack on Saudi oil facilities, the US Administration has fed us a steady stream of lies for three years because they are obsessed with Iran.

And before Trump’s obsession with attacking Iran, the past four US Administrations lied ceaselessly to bring about wars on Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria, Libya, Serbia, Somalia, and the list goes on.

At some point, when we’ve been lied to constantly and consistently for decades about a “threat” that we must “take out” with a military attack, there comes a time where we must assume they are lying until they provide rock solid, irrefutable proof. Thus far they have provided nothing. So I don’t believe them.

President Trump has warned that his administration has already targeted 52 sites important to Iran and Iranian culture and the US will attack them if Iran retaliates for the assassination of Gen. Soleimani. Because Iran has no capacity to attack the United States, Iran’s retaliation if it comes will likely come against US troops or US government officials stationed or visiting the Middle East. I have a very easy solution for President Trump that will save the lives of American servicemembers and other US officials: just come home. There is absolutely no reason for US troops to be stationed throughout the Middle East to face increased risk of death for nothing.

In our Ron Paul Liberty Report program last week we observed that the US attack on a senior Iranian military officer on Iraqi soil – over the objection of the Iraq government – would serve to finally unite the Iraqi factions against the United States. And so it has: on Sunday the Iraqi parliament voted to expel US troops from Iraqi soil. It may have been a non-binding resolution, but there is no mistaking the sentiment. US troops are not wanted and they are increasingly in danger. So why not listen to the Iraqi parliament?

Bring our troops home, close the US Embassy in Baghdad – a symbol of our aggression – and let the people of the Middle East solve their own problems. Maintain a strong defense to protect the United States, but end this neocon pipe-dream of ruling the world from the barrel of a gun. It does not work. It makes us poorer and more vulnerable to attack. It makes the elites of Washington rich while leaving working and middle class America with the bill. It engenders hatred and a desire for revenge among those who have fallen victim to US interventionist foreign policy. And it results in millions of innocents being killed overseas.

There is no benefit to the United States to trying to run the world. Such a foreign policy brings only bankruptcy – moral and financial. Tell Congress and the Administration that for America’s sake we demand the return of US troops from the Middle East!

Copyright © 2019 by Ron Paul Institute

January 6, 2020 - Posted by | Militarism | , ,


  1. “Because Trump and the neocons – like Pompeo – have been lying about Iran for the past three years”

    Ex CIA Director Pompeo, and the Military Industrial Complex generally have been lying through their teeth since WWII. Just have a look at the Wars involving the USA Military since WWII, and the overthrow of Sth American Politicians generally. And, of course, “9/11” was the greatest lie ever told, by the MIC/CIA and others, to the American people.
    The American Government is “Owned” by these vermin.


    Comment by Brian Harry, Australia | January 6, 2020 | Reply

    • I’ll go further. US Administrations have lied ceaselessly to bring about wars since the beginning of the republic.


      Comment by aletho | January 6, 2020 | Reply

  2. Ron Paul and I are more and more often “strange bedfellows.” Here, he is a great fellow. Kudos to him and to Aletho News.

    And why are Pompeo, Pence, and the rest of the ‘Christian’ Zionist horde obsessed with Iran? Why, it’s the Ziomonster’s overwhelming power and influence on the “entangled ally”…Ron, you should have written this truth.


    Comment by roberthstiver | January 6, 2020 | Reply

  3. The larger question: Why hasn’t Pelosi removed Trump from office for his war crimes against Iran? If Pence was involved, him too. oh…yeah, the corruption that binds both sides of the isle together is the death cult of Zionism. If Pelosi doesn’t remove Trump from office and bring our troops home from the Middle East, she’s an accessory to high treason and war crimes and she should be impeached.

    Chabad promised Trump the next election if he attacked Iran. He did.

    My next vote will go to a candidate that renounces Zionism in writing plus furnish a list of names and crimes they’ll prosecute upon taking office.

    If you want to hit Zionism in its weak spot, their cash cow “the fed”; tear up your bank cards, close your bank account, cash ‘n carry, zero consent for Zionism:

    “If the government cannot prove the accuracy and honesty of the elections by which they claim authority over the people, then the people are neither legally nor morally obligated to obey that government’s dictates, nor pay its bills, nor sacrifice the lives of their children in that government’s wars, and may with full justification resist with lethal force that government’s attempts to coerce obedience.” — Michael Rivero


    Comment by Mr. Anonymous | January 6, 2020 | Reply

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