Ron Paul Takes on Rice over Iran

by | Feb 10, 2007 | Stress Blog | 2 comments

Too bad you have to go to the Arab press to even read about it.

Ron Paul, a Republican congressman, said: “Unproven charges against Iran’s nuclear intentions are eerily reminiscent of the false charges made against Iraq.”

Paul said “unproven accusations of Iranian support for the Iraqi insurgency” were also serving as a pretext for “escalating our sharp rhetoric towards Iran.”

“Pressed for proof of dramatic claims of Iranian involvement in Iraq, the administration keeps promising that they are compiling it.”

‘Echoes of Iraq’

Paul was speaking as Rice presented the US state department’s annual budget request to the congressional foreign affairs committee on Capitol Hill in Washington on Wednesday.

He said: “This sounds like Iraq, where accusations came first and proof was supposed to come later — only that proof never came because the accusations turned out to be false.”

Paul referred to discredited allegations that Saddam Hussein’s government was building weapons of mass destruction.

US officials have promised to make public what Sean McCormack, a state department spokesman, described as a “mountain of evidence” to back up allegations about Iranian involvement in attacks on US and allied forces in Iraq.

No such evidence has yet been put forward by the administration.

‘No Iran attack plan’

Rejecting Paul’s suggestions, Rice said: “We are not planning or intending an attack on Iran. What we are doing is responding to a number of Iranian policies both in Iran and around the world that are actually quite dangerous for our national security.”

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