Ron Paul: Cut Off All Foreign Aid to Egypt, Saudi Arabia, And All the Rest!

Ron Paul joined Neil Cavuto on FOX News to discuss the ongoing crisis in Egypt, the problem of foreign aid, and the consequences of choosing sides on an international stage.

Date: 01/31/2010


Neil Cavuto: A mess that’s getting messier, and reason enough for Texas Republican Ron Paul to say, “The U.S. should stop getting in deeper and cut all financial to Egypt now.” The Congressman joins me now on the phone. Well, that would be a big move, Congressman.

Ron Paul: Well, it would, but I’d include everybody, because I think we just get ourselves into too much trouble. This is a typical example of what happens when we run an interventionist-type foreign policy; we get in the middle of these fights. But we’ve been in the middle of this for 30 years over there. We’ve given Mubarak $60 billion, you know. And so we’re responsible for a lot of the mess that’s over there.

Neil Cavuto: What if we did indeed pull out or stop giving them money? The argument is someone else comes in to our detriment. What do you say?

Ron Paul: Well, that may be, but you don’t know whether it would be to our detriment. Somebody else is going to come in, the big fight now is for us to be charge. I mean, if Mubarak survives, we want to be on his side. If they get a new guy, we want to be on their side. And I just think that doesn’t work, because eventually the people rebel. For a while it seems to be stable, but it’ so artificial.

I mean, all that money going over there, they have a 450,000 man army that will probably be turned against the people unless they take over the government, and there’s a lot of wealth there for a few people, and the people are suffering. It just sets the stage for this. They should be forced to live within their means and take care of themselves. But I would do that with all countries, I wouldn’t just cut off Egyptian aid, I’d cut off all aid to the Middle East, and maybe that whole area would be better off for it.

Neil Cavuto: Well, the argument against doing that, Congressman – we’ve heard this so many times – is that in this case the Muslim Brotherhood through groups like Al-Qaida and the rest would get an enormous influence in the region, a region rich in oil, and we’d be having to kowtow to them.

Ron Paul: Yea, that is the argument. But have they ever thought whether the growth of groups like this is because they have a target, and the target is us, our puppet governments? I mean, we didn’t have to worry about radical mullahs in Iran until we put the Shah in, and then it took a couple of decades and finally the people rebelled and there was a revolution and there was a blowback to us and an unintended consequence.

So yes, I think we have to worry about the radicals, but we have to understand how they get their motivation; and their motivation, how they arouse the people and radicalize them is when we take over. I mean, I think the big issue here is how long is it going to take for this to happen in Saudi Arabia and for people to say that’s impossible, I think they’re kidding themselves. Now that would be big news and that would be major. Maybe that’s why some people are discounting that and I think oil went up 6 to 7 dollars in the last trading day.

Neil Cavuto: That’s right.

Ron Paul: So there’s something significant going on, there’s a lot of concern there.

Ron Paul: On the fear of just that. Great, Congressman, thank you very much. Good having you.

Ron Paul: Sure thing.

  • avoid foreign entanglements…

  • tillman40

    avoid foreign entanglements…

  • Anne

    PULLLEEEEZE run for President (and WIN!!)

  • szaman69

    at 0:30 he says three words at the same time, is’t he?

  • Erikrhino9

    A true statesman!

  • fudgedogbannana

    Trouble is, when you buy friends then stop giving them money and want to be friends still, they tend to resent you because they were not friends in the first place, so what you’ve done is pay enemies not to resent you. Ron is right we should not have bought these friends in the first place. If you opponent buys these friends after you they will be in the same position but at least they would have spent their money and not yours.

  • SpraxIAKS

    YES! Especially Saudi Arabia. Saudi Arabia takes our aid and tries to kill us at the same time.

  • louis12346

    Cut aid to NBC & NPR


    Ron Paul is one of the few honest political figures.


  • Giant turds don’t have throats.

  • hopeforamerika

    There must be some trouble makers among the demonstrators. That happens everywhere but, most people who are acquainted with Egypt (I myself visited there about 20 years ago) know that Mubarak is a tough tyrant who uses a lot of repression against his people. Same was true with the Shah. Sooner or later people rebel. In fact, I remember that during the Israeli conflict when Ron Paul was running for President, Mubarak shut the doors to Palestinians who were trying to escape the carnage.

  • Salladsdressing

    AID isn’t really a good discription on what the US government is giving these countries because the money doesn’t go to the people it goes to the state to support US intrests.

    So please don’t confuse this “aid” with aid given to starving countries like Somalia.

  • EmpireOfHeaven

    Dwight Eisenhower’s Secretary of Agricuture, Ezra Taft Benson:

    Nothing in the Constitution nor in logic grants to the president of the United States or to Congress the power to influence the political life of other countries, to ‘uplift’ their cultures, to bolster their economies, to feed their people, or even to defend them against their enemies.” (The Teachings of Ezra Taft Benson, p. 614; see also pp. 682 & 704.)

    Benson supported Senator Taft, and even told Eisenhower he had not voted for

  • PalabraVivaEficaz

    Ron Paul is a smart man it seems, someone who knows that it is better to clean one’s own house before uninvitedly trying to clean someone else’s. BUT how many of your silly government officials and general public in America say, cut the aid cut the aid! When you all give aid with money your government borrows from China! China owns USA now! So who really has the authority? Not USA, they can threaten, but if China stops giving America money, the ship will sink

  • thehotsteal

    i am from Saudi Arabia and i do not think that whats happening in Egypt is going to happen in saudi at least i hope that it wouldn’t . i’m very happy about the way i am living, and the fact that the government actually pays me to attend college.
    i don’t particularity agree with all of the decisions that our government make ,but who does?!

    i hate the fact that America is middling and doing what it always does.

  • BudWithBeats76

    If we gave one tenth of the money we already give but used it only for food and infrastructure we would have very few enemies and freedom would spread. Run Ron! Run! Ron Paul / Paul Ryan 2012!


    I agree cut ALL foreign aid close all the bases in foreign countries and bring all our troops home

  • Jay Garth Jr

    I have been in agreement with this and now more than ever, it is most obvious why we in America must prioritize ! Government aiding foreign nations without a clear mandate is blatant tyrannical exploitation of the peoples purse. Thank you Dr. Paul for standing up to the egalitarian minded bureaucrats, that are so willing to give away the farm without a second thought and strangely escape their accountability in doing so.

  • Big fan

    Ron Paul is right. There is nothing USA can do now anyways. After getting a green light from Berlin and Moscow, the French set in motion their intelligence in Mediterranean and are rebuilding their little empire (which they can ill afford anyways). The clueless Obama probably dopes not even comprehend what is happening. The already wrong policy of “sponsor and control” in regards to the region of Bush senior got replaced with just “sponsor” since Clinton’s administration and USA is just throwing money into a bottomless pit without being able to exercise any real power. But the result is good, there will be no more excuse to waste taxpayer’s money on the region.

    As for the Middle East, I am sure Frenchies haven’t got the stomach, or ambition, to meddle there. In fact they must be praying nothing happens there as once Israel feels threatened USA will inevitably start flexing its muscles and France’s game may be up. The trouble will not travel further East, it may move West though to Algeria and Morocco, but that is not a problem for the US

  • Gassebol

    What if this shit hits Saudi Arabia? The oil price would serge tremendously. Perhaps Putin and the oil of Russia will save Europe?