August 2, 2017
Posted by Tim Hains
Ron Paul and ‘Liberty Report’ co-host Daniel McAdams discuss the president’s decision to sign a bill imposing economic sanctions on Russia, Iran, and North Korea. President Trump had little choice but to sign it, since the Congress would have over-ridden a veto. Ron Paul notes that the bill also restricts the president’s ability to improve relations with any of the three countries “absent explicit Congressional approval.” Paul asks: Is the deep state in total control of US foreign policy?
“I guess the president wasn’t listening carefully to our program, because we had suggested rather strongly that the sanctions bill was not in our best interest,” Paul said.
“[The president] had some reservations [about signing the sanctions bill], the argument was there was a slight delay and Trump has a moral victory because he said he was holding back for one thing: That he would have the opportunity to remove the sanctions if he saw fit with Russia. But the ‘Deep State’ people, who generally are very much in charge, said that was way too much authority for the president,” Paul explained.
“Again, the whole principle of sanctions is fully endorsed by all the people in Washington, but I don’t think the American people know about it,” he also said. “It won’t make a more peaceful world.”
McAdams noted that President Trump expressed reservations in his signing statement: “While I favor tough measures to punish and deter aggressive and destabilizing behavior by Iran, North Korea, and Russia, this legislation is significantly flawed. In its haste to pass this legislation, the Congress included a number of clearly unconstitutional provisions… Further, certain provisions, such as sections 254 and 257, purport to direct my subordinates in the executive branch to undertake certain diplomatic initiatives, in contravention of the President’s exclusive constitutional authority to determine the time, scope, and objectives of international negotiations.”
The president’s signing statement also said: “Finally, my Administration particularly expects the Congress to refrain from using this flawed bill to hinder our important work with European allies to resolve the conflict in Ukraine, and from using it to hinder our efforts to address any unintended consequences it may have for American businesses, our friends, or our allies.”
“If Trump had his way with Russia, I don’t think we would be talking about the building up of this conflict — like accusing Russia of planning to invade the Baltics. It is just aggravating. And somebody wants it to be aggravated, somebody wants chaos, somebody wants us fighting with Russia, and there are several groups that would like to see that,” Paul commented.
About the conflict between the ‘Deep State’ and Russia, the former Congressman said: “The indication is that the neo-cons got frightened, to think that we were getting way too friendly with a country, and that we could get along, because they need chaos, and they need the incentive to be involved, maintain the empire, also the alliances.”
He continued, drawing international connections: “But it is interesting that two of the countries who are most involved in directing our foreign policy [and] very much in tune with promoting this policy of fighting with Russia [and Iran], of course is Saudi Arabia, who can’t stand the Iranians, and then we have Israel who… sees it as a threat to their security. They are very much together, and yet, if everything the Israelis and Saudis believe in philosophically, and theologically, and principles of democray — it is so different. But on this, this is very important. And they want this to happen because they correctly see that the success of Assad and the Russians right now has significance. It doesn’t mean it is right or wrong, but it is significant for the neo-cons because it goes against their plan. Most of what has gone on for the past 15 years has helped the Iranians — and they’re supposed to be the big enemy. So it is helping the Iranians, and now of course, we’ve known for a long time that even at the beginning of the invasion of Afghanistan we were talking about how to get a gas line into Europe… when I look at the map and the long-term strategy of China. If China gets closer to [Iran, Syria and Russia] we’re talking about a large segment of the world’s population rebuilding a modern-day Silk Road.”
“As we get weaker, it is going to be more available to them,” he added.