Channel: Fox Business
News Anchor: In the meantime, we turn out attention from the health of the markets to the economic health of our nation. As the president announced last night that he will be sending 30,000 more troops to Afghanistan for this surge, a brief surge. Let’s take a listen.
Obama: Our prosperity provides a foundation for our power. It pays for our military, it underwrites our diplomacy, it taps the potential of our people and allows investment in new industry. And it will allow us to compete in this century as successfully as we did in the last. That’s why our troop commitment in Afghanistan cannot be open ended. Because the nation that I am most interested in building is our own.
News Anchor: Alright, we’re joined now for a Fox Business exclusive by Republican Congressman Ron Paul of Texas with his reaction. Congressman, thanks for joining us. What was your reaction to the speech last night?
Ron Paul: I think it’s a bit misleading. I think Obama is actually preparing us for perpetual war. He’s been warning us in that speech and elsewhere that we will be going into Pakistan. The idea that we’re going to bring our troops home eventually, I think, is just not so. And there is no way he can pay for this. It’s sort of like how are you going to pay for the medical care. “Oh yeah, we’re going to save enough money and we’ll pay for it and there will be no cost to it”. And now, this is going to cost hundreds of billions of dollars and we don’t have the money and it’s going to bring us down if we don’t stop it. So, I think it’s a flawed foreign policy, I think it’s a flawed economic policy, too, because you can’t pay for it. All wars are paid for through inflation. This will put just more pressure on the Fed to create more money because I don’t believe it would help us one bit to tax the people to pay for the war. They will try to, but that would be devastating to the economy to put a war tax on us at this point. So, in a way, they have no way out at this time unless they change policies.
News Anchor: So what would you suggest, Congressman?
Ron Paul: I’d suggest coming home.
News Anchor: Give up? Throw the towel in? Let the Taliban take over? Let Al Qaida re-establish itself in Afghanistan? You think that’s a good idea?
Ron Paul: Yeah, I think it’s a good idea that people have self determination. We yell and scream about the Taliban, but when we were defending the Mujahedeen, we called them freedom fighters and we allied ourselves with them and then we left. But when they were fighting the Soviets they were all good. But the Taliban means they don’t want occupiers. There is a total of 100 Al-Qaida in Afghanistan and what we’re doing is we’re following this precept of perpetual war for perpetual peace. And to me it’s perpetual bankruptcy and then you wonder why the price of gold is going up? It should be self-explanatory.
News Anchor: Congressman, let me ask you. From what I just heard that in the last 3 seconds, you think this is a war that is not winnable? You think we’re just basically putting lives in harm’s way in the next 18 months as we have this troop surge? Or is this actually a winnable war?
Ron Paul: I think they essentially admit that. They don’t expect to have a military victory; they don’t even claim it, they don’t even know what a military victory is. And they claim they’re not even in nation building. They claim that we’re in there for national security to destroy Al-Qaida. But our very presence is the motivation for people to join Al-Qaida or the Taliban. They are the people who want to defend their homeland and they’re sick and tired of the West, including many countries including us, who are in that region of the world and we have puppet dictators and we invade their countries and we occupy their countries. And in the name of fighting the Al-Qaida after 9/11, we went to war in Iraq, and that never made any sense. And the people over there are not going to all of a sudden become lovers of the United States and we inevitably will just bankrupt our country.
So I would say, yes. Don’t stay just to save face. How many more people have to die for us to say, “Oh we can’t surrender”? This whole idea that a president has to be strong and yet the strength that we need is a president to finally resist the pressure by the special interest: the military industrial complex, the bankers and all the people who want these wars, and say no. That’s what we need. We don’t need somebody that will just go along with the advisor and say, “Oh no, we have to leave, it’s in the national security interest and the whole world will end if we all of a sudden don’t have a policy that defends this country”, instead of bankrupting this country. Actually, you know, Osama Bin Laden’s goal was to get us to do exactly what we’re doing.
News Anchor: Congressman, if I recall correctly, you were against the surge in Iraq. The surge proved successful. Are you willing to admit you were wrong?
Ron Paul: Well, I don’t see any success.
News Anchor: You don’t?
Ron Paul: There is no stability and a little less killing, but how did we do it? We armed the Sunnis. The civil war is going to continue. We haven’t left there; we can’t leave. If you think all our troops are going to be home next year, you’re kidding yourself. That is going to last, there is still a time bomb there, there are still people who are just vying for power and to claim that we’ve had a major victory over there, at what expense? A trillion dollars and thousands of Americans killed and tens of thousands wounded? How much do you want to pay for this nation building? Even if you argued the case that, “Oh yes, tomorrow is going to be perfect and we’ve had success” I would say, “You paid too much”.
News Anchor: Alright. Congressman, always good to hear from you. Thank you.