There are many reasons why the War on Terror was never meant to end, and will be kept going as long as possible. The first and most obvious being the way it was declared. The U.S. didn’t declare war on a country, Congress hasn’t done that since World War 2. Instead, it was an authorization of military force to fight Al Qaeda. That means attacking any country in the world, an endless list of enemies, and a war that would likely never end even if the government wanted it to.
At the time Al Qaeda was based in Afghanistan, so that’s where the government invaded. All of the good results were accomplished within the first year, everything that’s happened since has just made things worse. What’s really been accomplished in the past decade the military has occupied that country? The Taliban and Al Qaeda were driven out within the first six months, but the occupation has given them an occupying enemy to fight against. Drones continue to bomb innocent civilians in that country, and across the border in Pakistan. Those drones strikes mean more enemies have been created than were killed. It’s been a terrible decade of war with no end in sight. Obama has committed U.S. troops to Afghanistan until 2016.
Iraq is even worse. There was no Al Qaeda in Iraq until the U.S. invaded under false pretenses and toppled Saddam Hussein. While a brutal dictator, he was the only one capable of keeping the various factions in that country together, and keeping the Islamists and terrorists out. After he was gone it was only a matter of time before the country fell into the civil war it’s experiencing today. The U.S. even funded what would become ISIS back in the mid 2000’s. They became ISIS after the puppet we installed, Al Maliki, expelled the Sunnis from the government. Now the only option is to break up Iraq.
With all of those terrible results, why does the government keep this foreign policy going? Because although the results may seem terrible over there, it’s been nothing but good for the government at home. Here everything has been great for the government. They’ve gotten more money and more power than they’ve ever had before. After all that’s why governments start wars, and why the War on Terror was never meant to end.
Ron Paul knows this. He knows the War on Terror was never meant to end. The longer it goes on, the longer they can use our fear against us. It’s that same fear that passed legislation like the Patriot Act. The War on Terror allowed them to waive the 4th Amendment and other essential rights that we never would have given up under normal circumstances. It allowed the government to establish the Department of Homeland Security, the TSA, militarize the police, and do so much more evil. That department and the funding it’s provided are some of the biggest threats to our liberty in recent history, and they never would’ve happened without a war.
Now that all that power exists, the government will never give it up. The War on Terror was never meant to end, and the government will keep making things worse in order to keep it going. That’s why they released those five Taliban terrorists in the Bergdahl swap. That’s why they are providing arms and training to Syrian rebels who are associated with Al Qaeda. The government is doing whatever it can to keep the world dangerous to justify their existence and their power. They won’t just let that end.