Syria Intervention Is a Mistake: US Can’t Run Entire Middle East

Speech on the house floor on October 7, 2015. Mr. Speaker: The same people that got us into a very unnecessary war in Iraq are now clamoring for military action in Syria. These same people that have opposed us getting out of Afghanistan – even though our troops have been there more than three times … Continue reading “Syria Intervention Is a Mistake: US Can’t Run Entire Middle East”

Endless Wars in Middle East More About Money Than Threats

Mr. Speaker, the week before last, the greatly respected conservative columnist Thomas Sowell wrote: "What lessons might we learn from the whole experience of the Iraq war? If nothing else, we should never again imagine that we can engage in nation building in the sweeping sense that term acquired in Iraq – least of all, … Continue reading “Endless Wars in Middle East More About Money Than Threats”

Endless Wars in Middle East More About Money Than Threats

Speech on the house floor on June 24, 2015. Mr. Speaker, the week before last, the greatly respected conservative columnist Thomas Sowell wrote: "What lessons might we learn from the whole experience of the Iraq war? If nothing else, we should never again imagine that we can engage in nation building in the sweeping sense … Continue reading “Endless Wars in Middle East More About Money Than Threats”

No Blank Check for the Pentagon

In an interview published by the McClatchy Newspaper Chain, Dick Armey, our former Republican Majority Leader, said he felt really bad about voting to go to war in Iraq. Mr. Armey said “Had I been more true to myself and the principles I believed in at the time, I would have openly opposed the whole … Continue reading “No Blank Check for the Pentagon”

Iraq War Contrary to Conservatism

Editor’s note: The following speech was delivered in the House of Representatives on June 16, 2006. Mr. Speaker, I requested this Special Order to read a statement that I earlier placed in the Record during the debate on the Iraq war resolution. I did not request time during the debate because it was obvious that … Continue reading “Iraq War Contrary to Conservatism”

Let Iraq Take Care of Iraq

Many Americans today may not be familiar with Will Rogers. However, Will Rogers was at one time considered by many to be the most popular man in America. He once said, "America has a great habit of always talking about protecting American interests in some foreign country." Then he said, "Protect them here at home. … Continue reading “Let Iraq Take Care of Iraq”

There Is Nothing Conservative About the US Policy in Iraq

Conservatives have never believed in massive foreign aid. Our occupation of Iraq has become the largest foreign aid program in the history of the world. We are building or rebuilding thousands of Iraqi schools, giving free health care to Iraqi citizens, and even making back payments to the Iraqi military and Iraqi retirees. Last week … Continue reading “There Is Nothing Conservative About the US Policy in Iraq”

Leave Iraq to the Iraqis

It seems that every day we read about a young American soldier being killed in Iraq. Three were killed in a 24-hour period from Sunday to Monday. In its November 25 issue, “Fortune” magazine, long before the war started, said an American occupation would be “prolonged and expensive” and that it “could turn U.S. troops … Continue reading “Leave Iraq to the Iraqis”

Conservatives Against a War with Iraq

Most people do not realize how many conservatives are against going to war in Iraq. A strong majority of nationally-syndicated conservative columnists have come out against this war. Just three of many examples I could give include the following: Charley Reese, a staunch conservative, who was selected a couple of years ago as the favorite … Continue reading “Conservatives Against a War with Iraq”