Ron Paul: Don’t Blame Wikileaks!

Wikileaks Reveals U.S. Government’s Delusional Foreign Policy

by Ron Paul

We may never know the whole story behind the recent publication of sensitive U.S. government documents by the Wikileaks organization, but we certainly can draw some important conclusions from the reaction of so many in government and media.

At its core, the Wikileaks controversy serves as a diversion from the real issue of what our foreign policy should be. But the mainstream media, along with neoconservatives from both political parties, insist on asking the wrong question. When presented with embarrassing disclosures about U.S. spying and meddling, the policy that requires so much spying and meddling is not questioned. Instead, the media focus on how so much sensitive information could have been leaked, or how authorities might prosecute the publishers of such information.

No one questions the status quo or suggests a wholesale rethinking of our foreign policy. No one suggests that the White House or the State Department should be embarrassed that the U.S. engages in spying and meddling. The only embarrassment is that it was made public. This allows ordinary people to actually know and talk about what the government does. But state secrecy is anathema to a free society. Why exactly should Americans be prevented from knowing what their government is doing in their name?

In a free society, we are supposed to know the truth. In a society where truth becomes treason, however, we are in big trouble. The truth is that our foreign spying, meddling, and outright military intervention in the post-World War II era has made us less secure, not more. And we have lost countless lives and spent trillions of dollars for our trouble. Too often “official” government lies have provided justification for endless, illegal wars and hundreds of thousands of resulting deaths and casualties.

Take the recent hostilities in Korea as only one example. More than fifty years after the end of the Korean War, American taxpayers continue to spend billions for the U.S. military to defend a modern and wealthy South Korea. The continued presence of the U.S. military places American lives between the two factions. The U.S. presence only serves to prolong the conflict, further drain our empty treasury, and place our military at risk.

The neoconservative ethos, steeped in the teaching of Leo Strauss, cannot abide an America where individuals simply pursue their own happy, peaceful, prosperous lives. It cannot abide an America where society centers around family, religion, or civic and social institutions rather than an all powerful central state. There is always an enemy to slay, whether communist or terrorist. In the neoconservative vision, a constant state of alarm must be fostered among the people to keep them focused on something greater than themselves — namely their great protector, the state. This is why the neoconservative reaction to the Wikileaks revelations is so predictable: “See, we told you the world was a dangerous place,” goes the story. They claim we must prosecute — or even assassinate — those responsible for publishing the leaks. And we must redouble our efforts to police the world by spying and meddling better, with no more leaks.

We should view the Wikileaks controversy in the larger context of American foreign policy. Rather than worry about the disclosure of embarrassing secrets, we should focus on our delusional foreign policy. We are kidding ourselves when we believe spying, intrigue, and outright military intervention can maintain our international status as a superpower while our domestic economy crumbles in an orgy of debt and monetary debasement.


  • NagualElias

    Your speeches remind me of what JFK use to say… keep fighting the good fight!

  • IBJMN48

    AMEN!!Dr Paul

  • Bob

    @JPA – please kill yourself. In lieu of that, you can renounce your citizenship (if you are a US citizen) and move to another country. May I suggest Zimbabwe? The military / police there are only used for “good”, right? Maybe Iran or Syria… Quit complaining and leave already. Ron Paul couldn’t possibly have known something like this: A long list of key facilities around the world that the US describes as vital to its national security has been released by Wikileaks.

    The US State Department in February 2009 asked all US missions abroad to list all installations whose loss could critically affect US national security.

    The list includes pipelines, communication and transport hubs.

    Lose a loved one to terrorism, then talk.

  • LenOval

    Wow. It’s reassuring to hear a voice of reason coming out of the States. The world media would have us all believe that there is no rationality anymore in the USA.

  • jibbi4one

    Unfortunately Americans and its allies are being duped into thinking their brand of RULE-BY-MAJORITY democracy is the best brand of democracy in the world. The sad fact is it breeds an exclusive 2 party system where rampant conservative neocons & statist fabian socialists preside over the rotten corpse of a corrupt state in decline caused by its parasitic elites.

    It’s sad leaders like Ron Paul stand alone when speaking-truth-to-power.
    Americans need to rescue their country from corruption!

  • superduperjew

    Good Luck Assange and thank you!!!!!!


    Thank you Ron Paul for actually making sense unlike far too many in governmental offices today.

  • songr

    Can’t agree with you more!

  • MrPineyard

    Bravo Mr Ron Paul
    It is sad to witness the slimy creeps who have taken over United States of America and their obvious disdain for all and everything positive the USA once stood for in this world /
    It is good that there are some americans elected by the people who dare to stand up and speak out against these lying , cheating and deeply unethical power-elites who think they can get away with almost anything in complete disregard of their own constitution . Thank You !

  • aaronchall

    Here’s why I dislike this speech: thanks to our meddling in global affairs, we have prevented the spread of communism and defeated the Soviet Union. We have done much good with our military actions. We may be the strong global neighbor who sometimes gets hurt for defending those who can’t defend themselves, but when we act, we act with a multitude of reasons. Some of those reasons are self-interest, but all of them are for the better health of this world.

  • MalajacBiH

    So, as a European, and a Muslim, I think this guy is fabulous. Is that good for you Yanks or bad? I don’t know, but I think you should listen to what mr Paul is saying.

  • FlyingFish112

    Ron Paul – take note soldier boys – this is what a true hero sounds like in 2010.

    Ron Paul and Wikileaks forever!!!!

  • goldcurrent1

    Tell everyone you know about Ron Paul. Who he is and what he stands for.
    We can no longer afford to remain asleep as a nation.

  • Azurju

    So refreshing, whatever happended to this kind of American freedom fighter.

  • Histasius

    Your country requires your presence in the White House, 2012, Ron Paul.

  • Dennisvanderflier

    Mark 4:22 “For nothing is hidden, except to be revealed; nor has anything been secret, but that it would come to light.”

  • stuartdow

    right on Ron

  • wozzek22

    “The more freely information flows, the stronger the society becomes, because then citizens of countries around the world can hold their own governments accountable. They can begin to think for themselves. I can tell you that in the United States, the fact that we have free internet — or unrestricted internet access is a source of strength, and I think should be encouraged,” (Barack Obama, talking in China)

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  • JPA

    hunter, you mindless drone, Ron Paul did not try to suggest that it’s about himself. Ron Paul’s every action is not about himself but about American citizens. You parrot the neocon claim that Wikileaks is “terrorist organization” but I doubt you have any real notion of what terrorism really is. Your claim that Wikileaks is making war and violence more likely may be the most ridiculous thing I’ve ever heard. Since 1950 the U.S. has been the greatest promoter of war and violence. Do you know that we overthrew a democratically-elected government in Iran in 1953 and installed a puppet dictator. Are you aware of the Gulf of Tonkin propaganda that got us involved in Vietnam? Put down the neocon propaganda and look into the constant state of fear and propaganda that the U.S. war machine instills on us. It obviously has you completely taken.

    Ron Paul wants a better country by ending this history of deceit and violence that we have fomented around the world. Wikileaks is doing a small part to aid that good struggle. We need to hear more of the terrible truth that is our foreign operations.