Congressman Rohrabacher: Almost All House Republicans Think Iraq War Illegal, Immoral

By Paul Joseph Watson

Judge Andrew Napolitano’s new Saturday show on the Fox Business Network is set to send shock waves through the political establishment this weekend when his guest – Republican Congressman Dana Rohrabacher – reveals that almost all House Republicans now believe that the invasion of Iraq was not only a mistake, but also illegal and immoral.

“This morning when we taped our show for this weekend, Congressman Dana Rohrabacher, a right down the middle conservative Republican from southern California, former speech writer for Ronald Reagan, looked at me and said ‘almost all Republicans in the House of Representatives now believe that the war in Iraq was a mistake, that it was unlawful, that it was immoral, that it wasn’t worth the lives lost or the trillions that will be spent’,” Napolitano told The Alex Jones Show.

“That is newsworthy that he would say it, it is newsworthy that so many Republicans would change their mind,” added Napolitano, a former New Jersey Superior Court Judge.

As far back as three years ago, GOP support for the war in Iraq was beginning to waver, with a CNN poll finding that 38 percent of Republicans opposed the war. The recent primary success of anti-incumbent candidates like Rand Paul, a vocal critic of the invasion and occupation of Iraq, shows that the tide has rapidly turned.

Napolitano pointed out that when he attacked the Bush administration for abusing the constitution, Republicans were upset, but that they are now starting to realize how government is supposed to operate as it was intended by the founding fathers.

Napolitano’s show, which was broadcast solely on the Internet until last week, achieved top ratings for its premiere on the Fox Business Network, with viewers hungry to hear true libertarian viewpoints outside of the controlled statist neo-lib/neo-con paradigm.

“There is a thirst out there for a focus on the government that has a bias in favor of human liberty and believes that the individual is greater than the state, that the individual has natural rights and an immortal soul and the government is just an artificial creation based on fear and force,” summarized Napolitano.

Napolitano’s popularity has even made him a target with his own colleagues. Fellow Fox News host, neo-con and habitual government apologist Shep Smith attacked Napolitano yesterday for “standing up for BP,” when in reality the Judge was merely pointing out that the government has no business under the constitution in regulating the affairs of private companies.

The revelation that almost all House Republicans now consider the invasion of Iraq to have been illegal, immoral and a giant mistake illustrates how far we have come in destroying the phony left-right paradigm.

Now that Obama has continued and indeed expanded the Bush doctrine of military imperialism and occupation, many establishment neo-libs are defending the wars that they once opposed. Obama campaigned as the “peace candidate,” yet has broken every promise he made and is now a bigger warmonger than George W. Bush. With troops still yet to leave Afghanistan or Iraq, Obama has made it clear that a military attack on Iran is not “off the table”.

Obama now has more American troops deployed than at any time under Bush. The date for withdrawing troops from Iraq is continually pushed back, and even then it is admitted that a “residual force” of tens of thousands of troops will remain to occupy the country.

Now that the vast majority of Republican Congress members oppose the occupation of Iraq, resolutions need be introduced to bring the troops home from not only Iraq but Afghanistan too, with U.S. forces still engaged in two unwinnable wars which are bankrupting the already shattered U.S. economy while returning nothing but the flag-draped coffins of dead American soldiers.

Watch full interview with Judge Andrew Napolitano here:

I wear many hats but history, economics and political observance have always been a passion. I am a graduate of the University of Cincinnati College of Business with a degree in Information Systems and Digital Business with a minor in European History. I work for a small mom-and-pop IT consulting and software design company. We deal in servicing mostly government funded non-profit mental and behavioral health care agencies in the state of Ohio. In this I deal with Medicaid and Medicare funds and have a little insight on the boondoggles of government there. Thankfully the undemanding nature of my daily profession gives me ample time to read and stay aware of our current state of affairs which I find stranger than fiction in many instances. In addition to being in the IT field, I have also been self employed with a small contracting company so I might know a thing or two about the plight of small business that employs 71% of the American workforce. I however don't draw my knowledge from my day jobs, which I have had a few; I draw it from an intense obsession with facts and observation about the world in which I live. I do have formal education in things such as history, economics and finance particularly as it pertains to global issues, but I have come to find much of what I thought I knew from the formalities of a state university I had to unlearn through much time and independent research. I hope you enjoy what I bring you which is not often heard in the mainstream news outlets. I would like to think my own personal editorializing is not only edifying but thought provoking while not at all obnoxious. That last one may be a hard to achieve.


  1. mark

    June 27, 2010 at 2:56 am

    Consider how completely blind-in-one-eye ideologues are:

    || “There is a thirst out there for a focus on the government that has a bias in favor of human liberty and believes that the individual is greater than the state, that the individual has natural rights and an immortal soul and the government is just an artificial creation based on fear and force,” summarized Napolitano. ||

    No mention of the application of this principle to the artificial creation of the corporation! As if the corporation is some God-given natural phenomenon with an immortal soul. More venal hockum from the corpo-libertarians. Sam Smith knew the problem was accumulation of unwarranted power and this unwarranted accumulation is not limited to government. As is inevitably the case, power corrupts whether it is public or privatized, and most always the two collude, exactly what Adam Smith warned us about. The corporation is as much to be feared as government.

  2. jason

    June 27, 2010 at 10:11 am

    I am not sure why no mention of corporations makes Napolitano some sort of apologists for corporations. The fact is corporations are only able to grow to the size and influence that they currently do with the assistance of government. Corporate welfare is what creates the uneven playing field which favors come corporations over others.

    What is not to be feared is the government, or the corporation but the fusion of government and corporations into one entity…fascism.

  3. Andrew McCleese

    June 27, 2010 at 8:32 pm

    Corporations gained such powers through the manipulation of monopoly men with the collusion of government insiders. It was J.D. Rockefeller (famous for saying, “competition is a sin”) who help lobby to change the corporate laws as written by the founders. Corporations from an economic sense are, in principle, just a collection of people who pool risk. Excessive growth and monopolization of markets is of course to be fear by any free market, pro-liberty observer. The Founders were well aware of the consolidation of power in the hands of corporate entities so the restrictions of corporations were initially very strict. They could only be formed for a legitimate public good such as building a bridge, road, hospital, school… and they only held their charter for a 10 year period. Not only did the monopoliy men of the Gilded Age get these restrictions loosened, they also managed to get 14th Amendment protections for corporations through legal verdict. So in one sense I do very much agree with you Mark and seek a reformation of corporate laws, pre-1880, but I really don’t see the point or understand the swipe at Napolitano. He is not a corporatist, he is a strict constructionist and anytime he does speak of corporatism he only does so in the manner in which Jason says. He constantly talks about the integration of corporate and state powers as economic fascism and will lead to a further consolidation of power in the hands of the few. Certainly you can’t find fault with this message can you?

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