Ron Paul Asks Congress: “What If…?”

Channel: C-SPAN
Date: 02/13/2009


Ron Paul: “Madam Speaker, I have a few questions for my colleagues.

What if our foreign policy of the past century is deeply flawed and has not served our national security interest?

What if we wake up one day and realize that the terrorist threat is the predictable consequence of our meddling in the affairs of others, and has nothing to do with us being free and prosperous?

What if propping up repressive regimes in the Middle East endangers both the United States and Israel?

What if occupying countries like Iraq and Afghanistan and bombing Pakistan is directly related to the hatred directed toward us?

What if someday it dawns on us that losing over 5,000 American military personnel in the Middle East since 9/11 is not a fair tradeoff with the loss of nearly 3,000 American citizens no matter how many Iraqi, Pakistanian, Afghan people are killed or displaced?

What if we finally decide that torture, even if called “enhanced interrogation technique”, is self-destructive and produces no useful information and that contracting it out to a third world nation is just as evil?

What if it is finally realized that war and military spending is always destructive to the economy?

What if all war-time spending is paid for through the deceitful and evil process of inflating and borrowing?

What if we finally see that war-time conditions always undermine personal liberty?

What if Conservatives who preach small government wake up and realize that our interventionist foreign policy provides the greatest incentive to expand the government?

What if Conservatives understood once again that their only logical position is to reject military intervention and managing an empire throughout the world?

What if the American people woke up and understood that the official reasons for going to war are almost always based on lies and promoted by war propaganda in order to serve special interests?

What if we as a nation came to realize that the quest for empire eventually destroys all great nations?

What if Obama has no intention of leaving Iraq?

What if a military draft is being planned for for the wars that would spread if our foreign policy is not changed?

What if the American people learned the truth, that our foreign policy has nothing to do with national security, that it never changes from one administration to the next?

What if war in preparation for war is a racket serving the special interests?

What if President Obama is completely wrong about Afghanistan and it turns out worse than Iraq and Vietnam put together?

What if Christianity actually teaches peace and not preventive wars of aggression?

What if diplomacy is found to be superior to bombs and bribes in protecting America?

What happens if my concerns are completely unfounded?


But what happens if my concerns are justified and ignored?

Nothing good.

And I yield back the balance of my time.”


  • Santiagojjjr

    The Ron Paul What if Speech: A Very Different Take!

  • Wafeeq

    Sorry for the late comment.
    Dear Dr. Ron,
    you are totally right in your ALL “What if” you said.
    I assure you that USA will turn to be a 3rd world country very soon due its Un-Fair and Un-Balanced foreign policy.

  • Gary

    I don’t put anything past these politicians anymore. Anything is possible with them. The world is in big trouble right now. I believe we are headed for WW3. Things keep pointing in that direction. I will have no part of it, though I will defend this country, this soil, against all invaders, but I won’t go anywhere else to die or kill senselessly so some corporation or politician can make money. I believe in my heart that Ron Paul’s agenda is the best way to resolve our issues. Anyone who is like-minded has my vote. I enjoy your posts, it is refreshing and gives me hope that there are others who are enlightened and seek truth. I am saddened by all the wars we’ve started and all the grief and suffering we’ve brought to other nations. All on lies from our politicians. I pray that one day soon in my lifetime truth will prevail!

  • Ross

    Gary,consider this scenario.I can see the following unfolding.All those in power have to is has create hatred against Anglo Americans by orchestrating attacks on African Americans and effect a campaign whereby by Obama is obliged to suspend the constitution and bring in martial law.Obama could be set up for a black/white conflict so that the Fed Res and the Corporates can take control.Obama may have a silk tongue,but he is not street wise.

    In the 911 scenario,building 7 did it for me.There is no way that this building came down by it’s own accord.The logical conclusion is that it was planned by forces within the US Govt.I agree with you and many others.If corruption within your Govt is so pervasive as to bring about this great lie,then the whole planet has reason for it’s mortal safety.