Ron Paul: Military Force against Syria ‘Reckless,’ ‘Immoral’

TEHRAN- Former Rep. Ron Paul, Texas Republican, used his weekly column to argue strenuously against military intervention in Syria, accusing Congress of allowing itself to be used as "window-dressing" for an "imperial president".

"Every member ought to vote against this reckless and immoral use of the US military," wrote Paul, whose libertarian views on defense issues typically place him far outside the median GOP position on such matters. "But even if every single member and senator votes for another war, it will not make this terrible idea any better because some sort of nod is given to the Constitution along the way," The Washington Times reported Tuesday.

Paul, a sharp critic of what he saw as the military adventurism of the George W. Bush administration during the last decade, goes on to argue that such US interventionism is bankrupting the country.

Paul concluded by arguing that the United States "empire" is heading for the same collapse as Rome if it continues down its current "war path."

"What we desperately need is an overwhelming congressional rejection of the president's war authorization," he wrote. "Even a favorable vote, however, cannot change the fact that this is a self-destructive and immoral policy".

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