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Expressing the Sense of Congress Regarding the Nuclear Program of the Government of the Islamic Republic of Iran

Floor Speech

Location: Washington, DC


Mr. PAUL. Mr. President, a vote for this resolution is a vote for the concept of preemptive war. I know of no other way to interpret this resolution.

The resolution states that containment will never be our policy toward Iran. While I think it is unwise to say we will contain Iran, I think it is equally unwise to say we will never contain Iran.

We woke up one day and Pakistan was a nuclear power. We woke up one day and North Korea was a nuclear power--India, Russia, China. But if we would have announced preemptively that we were not going to contain anyone, then we would be at odds with these countries, and what would the solution be? Preemptive war.

Announcing to the world, as this resolution does, that containment will never be our policy is unwise. A country that vows to never contain an enemy is a country that vows always to preemptively strike.

I urge a ``no'' vote on this resolution.


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