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Ron Paul Was Right: Obama Must Go To Congress Before Military Action In Iraq


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An unscientific online poll from FOX News found that 96.21% of respondents favored “Do whatever it takes to stop ISIS” while only 3.79% said “Stay out of it.” The online poll was posted on evening show host Greta Van Susteren’s website “Gretawire” and came on the heels of a three day blitz of guests and panels making the case for more U.S. involvement in the ongoing battle against the savage Islamic movement that now controls large sections of Iraq and Syria.
 
The military success of radical Islamists in Iraq and Syria has generated hundreds of hours of news coverage of the “humanitarian crisis” of thousands of displaced refugees camping in the open on Iraq's Mount Sinjar with the reported number of refugees varying wildly, but sometimes being estimated at 100,000 or more.
 
The UN had estimated that tens of thousands of people, most from religious minorities, were besieged on the mountain after being forced to flee their homes.
 
Except that as the demands for the U.S. to “do something about the humanitarian crisis” reached a fever pitch in the media the Pentagon’s special operations advance team found far fewer people trapped than previously feared.
 
Once believed to be in the tens of thousands, the number of Yazidis in the mountains is "now in the low thousands," Brett McGurk, a deputy assistant secretary of state, told CNN on Wednesday.
 
"The Yazidis who remain are in better condition than previously believed and continue to have access to the food and water that we have dropped," said Pentagon spokesman Rear Adm. John Kirby, citing the success of humanitarian airdrops and U.S. airstrikes against ISIS.
 
As David Wroe, national security correspondent for Australia’s Sydney Morning Herald put it, “the change of tack comes just a day after multiple U.S. news reports cited military and administration officials as saying that a rescue mission involving ground troops was among the options being considered by President Barack Obama.”
 
Obama had ordered military advisers to the Kurdish capital of Irbil to “assess the humanitarian crisis” and these new “advisers,” made up of Marines and special operations forces join hundreds of other American advisers already in the country advising Iraqi troops in their fight against ISIS.
 
The media has been softening up the American people for an escalation of U.S. military involvement and if you can believe the FOX News poll as at least being indicative of public sentiment, if not a scientific assessment, then Americans were ready to support a more active U.S. presence in the battle against ISIS.
 
So Obama’s policy has gone from “ISIS is the J.V. don’t worry about them,” to we need to intervene in Iraq for “humanitarian” reasons, to what, a new war in Iraq?
 
“The process by which we’ve entered wars over the past 57 years, and the inconclusive results of each war since that time,” said then-Congressman Ron Paul, “are obviously related to Congress’ abdication of its responsibility regarding war, given to it by Article I Section 8 of the Constitution. Congress has ignored its responsibility entirely over these years, or transferred the war power to the executive branch. “
 
Ron Paul was right, Congress needs to get involved and fast. Obama’s policy of having no policy to confront the radical Islamists of ISIS is a recipe for disaster as the U.S. is drawn by fits and starts into another open-ended “humanitarian” war with no clear goals and no end in sight.

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