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The State Column
Friday, August 26, 2011

Rep. Ron Paul (R-Tex.), an official candidate for the Republican presidential nomination, slammed the US’s role in the downfall of Muammar Gaddafi’s regime on Thursday. “The current situation in Libya may be a short term victory for Empire, but it is a loss for our American Republic,” Paul said.

Paul’s comments were made after anti-Gaddafi forces gained control of Tripoli on Monday and began a manhunt for Gaddafi. Although small pockets of loyalist forces remain in and around Tripoli, the downfall of Gaddafi’s regime represents a significant victory for the people of Libya.

NATO forces played a controversial role in the demise of Gaddafi’s regime. The US assisted NATO forces by enforcing a no-fly zone over Libya. After committing US forces to Libya, President Obama defended his decision by saying that failing to act would have carried “a far greater price for America.”

Paul was one of the first opponents of US intervention in Libya. In a Texas Straight Talk column, entitled “Enabling a Future American Dictator,” Paul argued that giving Obama the power to use US forces in Libya without Congressional approval and without an appropriate explanation within the time frame required by the War Powers Resolution was in violation of the Constitution. The Founding Fathers “believed war was not to be entered into lightly, so they resisted granting such decision making authority to one person,” Paul said.

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