Saturday, June 28, 2008

Paul: Iran war will triple energy prices

Republican congressman Ron Paul warns against military engagement in Iran, saying 'bombing Iran' will cause energy prices to skyrocket.
Press TV
Saturday, June 28, 2008

In a speech on the House floor, Congressman Paul suggested that the US is inching toward an 'endless struggle' similar to the Iraq war.

"In the last several weeks, if not for months we have heard a lot of talk about the potential of Israel and/or the United States bombing Iran. Energy prices are being bid up because of this fear. It has been predicted that if bombs start dropping, that we will see energy prices double or triple," said the Republican.

"To me it is almost like deja vu all over again. We listened to the rhetoric for years and years before we went into Iraq. We did not go in the correct manner, we did not declare war, we are there and it is an endless struggle," he told a nearly empty House chamber.

"I cannot believe it, that we may well be on the verge of initiating the bombing of Iran," said the war veteran.

The 72-year-old former presidential candidate then blasted what he called the 'virtual Iran war resolution', which is soon to be considered by the House of Representatives.

"This resolution, House Resolution 362 is a virtual war resolution. It is the declaration of tremendous sanctions, and boycotts and embargoes on the Iranians. It is very, very severe," Paul said.

Supported by the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), House Resolution 362 (and the Senate version Resolution 580), known as the 'Iran War Resolution' can be considered a means of imposing harsher sanctions as well as a naval blockade restricting exports to the oil-rich country.

This bill, which was introduced at an AIPAC annual policy conference, has gained 208 co-sponsors in the House and 29 in the Senate. It will likely be put to a vote after July 4.

"The fear is, they say, maybe some day, [Iran is] going to get a nuclear weapon, even though our own CIA's National Intelligence Estimate has said that the Iranians have not been working on a nuclear weapon since 2003," continued the 10-term congressman.

The US and Israel accuse Tehran of making efforts to produce nuclear weapons; Iran insists its nuclear program is directed at peaceful purposes.

The most recent UN nuclear watchdog report on Tehran's nuclear program, however, has conceded that there is no link between the use of nuclear material and 'the alleged studies' of weaponization attributed to Iran by Western countries.

"This is unbelievable! This is closing down Iran. Where do we have this authority? Where do we get the moral authority? Where do we get the international legality for this? Where do we get the Constitutional authority for this?" asked Paul.


spcmckay said...

Ron Paul actually believes that it might be cheaper if we were bought oil instead going to war over it.

Poindexter P. Parkenfarker said...

Building no new refineries since the Reagan Adminstration and not drilling for Oil appears to have increases our energy costs, along with Building no new Nuke plants and India's and China's extreme thirst for oil also seem to have more of an effect the the Middle East's desire to create a world wide caliphate.

Even if we elect a military dove to the white house ( neither god nor bad) it will be mostly irrelevant.

Israel is in a fight for her life.
The Middle East conflict is not about energy, but survival for our friends who live there.

Israel has stated that they will act in their own defense, with or without assistance from the US.

Their airstrike on a Syrian weapons factory and the demonstration that they can fly to Southern Europe and back without needing to refuel their F 15 and 16 fighters along with the fact that Iran has the same air defense capability as Syria ( they both bought the same systems from Russia) is most likely the only thing keeping Iran from following through with thei threats to wipe Israel from the face of the Earth.

War isn't preferable to solve most situations.
I'm curious as to how we should deal with Iran and their desire to create a nuclear arsenal with Israel firmly in their sights?
I'm always open for an education.

Rob said...

Not building new refineries certainly doesn't help prices. And the fact that some refineries are restricting production to drive the prices up doesn't help much either. Then there's that pesky fiat dollar thing.

The Middle East's desire to create a world wide caliphate fails in comparison to the current US administrations dreams of empire. Lead by example I guess.

Israel: "Commerce with all nations, alliance with none, should be our motto."
-Thomas Jefferson
I've got to agree with TJ on this one.

The "wipe Israel of the face of the earth" was a total misquote of what Ahmadinejad said. The corporate "news" ran with it though. When those sweet little catch phrases get repeated over and over again, they somehow become truth. One of my fav's here: "If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it. The lie can be maintained only for such time as the State can shield the people from the political, economic and/or military consequences of the lie. It thus becomes vitally important for the State to use all of its powers to repress dissent, for the truth is the mortal enemy of the lie, and thus by extension, the truth is the greatest enemy of the State."
-Joseph Goebbels
What a silly little Nazi propaganda minister that guy.

Back in December 2007, the National Intelligence Estimate came out saying that Iran suspended their nuclear weapons program in 2003.

Regardless, I think I'm starting to get it now.
White people + nukes = GOOD
Brown people + nukes = BAD


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