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Ron Paul explains why he was the only one voting NO to HR 560 condemning Iran

 
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Ron Paul explains why he was the only one voting NO to HR 560 condemning Iran
If anyone was wondering why Ron Paul was the only "NO" vote on HR 560, this is his statement.

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Ron Paul: I rise in reluctant opposition to H Res 560, which condemns the Iranian government for its recent actions during the unrest in that country. While I never condone violence, much less the violence that governments are only too willing to mete out to their own citizens, I am always very cautious about “condemning” the actions of governments overseas. As an elected member of the United States House of Representatives, I have always questioned our constitutional authority to sit in judgment of the actions of foreign governments of which we are not representatives. I have always hesitated when my colleagues rush to pronounce final judgment on events thousands of miles away about which we know very little. And we know very little beyond limited press reports about what is happening in Iran.

Of course I do not support attempts by foreign governments to suppress the democratic aspirations of their people, but when is the last time we condemned Saudi Arabia or Egypt or the many other countries where unlike in Iran there is no opportunity to exercise any substantial vote on political leadership? It seems our criticism is selective and applied when there are political points to be made. I have admired President Obama’s cautious approach to the situation in Iran and I would have preferred that we in the House had acted similarly.

I adhere to the foreign policy of our Founders, who advised that we not interfere in the internal affairs of countries overseas. I believe that is the best policy for the United States, for our national security and for our prosperity. I urge my colleagues to reject this and all similar meddling resolutions.
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Re: Ron Paul explains why he was the only one voting NO to HR 560 condemning Iran
I support the demonstrators; just the same I recognize that making this into an "American backed" Iranian revolution is precisely the wrong thing to do and is exactly what the Mullahs and Ahmadinejad need to justify a bloodier crackdown.

It is an Iranian revolution... we should extend as much help as we can offer without trampling upon it.
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Re: Ron Paul explains why he was the only one voting NO to HR 560 condemning Iran
I support the demonstrators; just the same I recognize that making this into an "American backed" Iranian revolution is precisely the wrong thing to do and is exactly what the Mullahs and Ahmadinejad need to justify a bloodier crackdown.

It is an Iranian revolution... we should extend as much help as we can offer without trampling upon it.
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To late....our "help" is way beyond words and passiveness.....the CIA 'helps' many countries around the world.....whether they know it or not!ROFL
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Re: Ron Paul explains why he was the only one voting NO to HR 560 condemning Iran
Truth.

Like a voice, crying out in the wilderness, alone.

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06/20/2009 11:12 AM
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Re: Ron Paul explains why he was the only one voting NO to HR 560 condemning Iran
RON PAUL 2008
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