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Ron Paul's Texas Straight Talk: Progress Toward Peace in 2013, But Dark Clouds Remain 12/23/13 (AUDIO)

Ron Paul's Texas Straight Talk: Progress Toward Peace in 2013, But Dark Clouds Remain 12/23/13 (AUDIO)

Audio: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uR1OJdrCKsw

Written by Ron Paul
Sunday December 22, 2013

It is the time of year we feel a sense of joy and optimism. We are preparing for the holidays and looking to spend time with our families and friends. This year as we look back we see several developments that leave us feeling optimistic.

A US attack on Syria was averted to a large degree because the American people did not want another Middle Eastern war. Public pressure was so strong that President Obama was forced to back down from his threats to launch missiles at Syria over an alleged Syrian government chemical attack. We have just recently discovered that US claims at the time were based on highly manipulated “intelligence.” The president narrowly avoided another Iraq debacle, where the US went to war based on lies and fabrications. This time the American people were much more skeptical. That is good news!

A US attack on Syria would have brought us one step closer to the neocons’ ultimate goal of an attack on Iran. The administration’s decision to step back from the brink with Syria has consequently opened the door to an historic US diplomatic engagement with Iran.

Yes, the neocons have suffered a number of defeats this year for which we have great reason to be thankful and optimistic. However, it would be foolish to believe that a couple of defeats will end their obsession with American exceptionalism, war, and the US global empire. Though the neocons have had several set-backs, they will continue their efforts. And there are some dark clouds on the horizon that we should closely watch.

Audio: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uR1OJdrCKsw

Full article here: http://www.tinyurl.com/o3gudr3

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