Ron Paul on the Battle of Kirkuk – All About Oil?

The United States has spent tens of billions of dollars training the Iraqi army over the past 14 years. It’s also spent close to a billion dollars training the Kurdish Peshmerga fighters in northern Iraq. Now, with the independence referendum passing in Iraqi Kurdistan and the resulting crackdown by Baghdad, we have the US-backed Iraqi army confronting the US-backed Kurdish Peshmerga fighters. Who’s happy? The weapons dealers! This is the folly of an interventionist foreign policy laid bare. What’s next? Tune in to today’s Ron Paul Liberty Report:

Reprinted from The Ron Paul Institute for Peace & Prosperity.

5 thoughts on “Ron Paul on the Battle of Kirkuk – All About Oil?”

  1. Action speaks more than any empry words. This proves beyond any doubt, Donald Trumph deeply loves the Iranian Ayatollahs of Teheran.

    1. I disagree. I think Trump just isn’t smart enough. His campaign rhetoric played both sides of the fence (“Our meddling in the Middle East has been a disaster”, but also “We’re going to defeat ISIS”).

      But it seems the neo-cons and generals have won over his thinking. Sure they can kill the organized fighters until they blend back into the civilian population. But he doesn’t realize you can’t defeat an ideology with the military. These illiberal Muslim fanatics are like wack a mole.

      He’s further staying within the confines of the Constitution IMHO in his actions on Obama’s disgraceful (likely due to Russian blackmail because Putin likely did get Hillary’s emails) Russian appeasement for their close ally Iran.

  2. Washingron has already given their Shi’ite Jihadi friends a huge advantage (making them more than 10 folds stronger than pro-western Kurds). So, if America chickens out now, after having bolstered their most ardent enemies, Washingron will loose all credibility. Ignoring the massivly arming of Shi’ah Jihadis only enshures a much worse threat further down the line. It would have been a whole different story, if they had kept out in the first place. .

  3. The matter of the Kurds political place should put them at the table with the countries they are trying to get a piece of. The nations of Syria, Turkey, Iraq and Iran all have a stake as do the Kurds, and the Sunnis, Shia and Iranians. . The existing borders were never perfect, but infinitely better than no borders at all. Keep in mind that Kurdish independence has been the carrot offered by the US and Israel to destroy the viability of Israel’s neighbors and our enemies de jour. That the game has produced problems and blowback was inevitable but both the US and Israel were aware of this.

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