Ron Paul on Egypt: U.S. Meddling Leads to Unintended Consequences




In his latest update for Campaign for Liberty, Ron Paul discusses recent events in Egypt, U.S. foreign policy, unintended consequences, and government spending.

Date: 01/31/2011

Transcript

Ron Paul: I’ve been asked several times over the weekend what I think our policy ought to be towards Egypt, with the ongoing crisis. My first reaction is that we should be doing a lot less a lot sooner. It’s just too bad that we’ve been so engaged, especially in the Middle East and around the world, and get ourselves into too many messes. But even though things look like they may be calming down a little bit, we’re very, very much involved. We’ve been involved for a long time, we’ve been propping up Mubarak here for over 30 years to the tune of $60 billion. And I really don’t think we get our money’s worth, because ultimately this comes back and there are unintended consequences.

It reminds me of what happened in Iran when we ousted one leader, Mosaddegh, in 1953 and then it took a good many years before the Islamic revolution occurred in 1979, but we lost out on that. And there’s an ongoing rebellion in Egypt right now, and nobody knows exactly who’s on whose side. It has been rumored that we may well be orchestrating the revolt and the disturbance. But I know one thing, our officials are working very diligently to be on the side of the winner. So regardless, they may have their support in both camps, both from those who are complaining about the government, as well as continuing to prop up their puppet, Mubarak.

So this, to me, means that we have to evaluate this very carefully. Because we would be better off if we weren’t engaged there. But if this continues, what the American people have to figure out is, should we just leave and be out of this and quit spending the money and spend that money at home? Or if we’re engaged then the question is, what kind of a revolution is this? Is this more like an overthrow of the Shah by the radical Muslims in 1979? Or is it more like us orchestrating a coup and throwing out Mosaddegh back in 1953? And quite frankly, I’m not sure anybody knows that answer.

And the other problem with intervention and support like this is that nobody knows the outcome. Sometimes they backfire on us and this is why it is so attractive to talk about our foreign policy where we just mind our own business and let other people decide their fights. I just think that the $60 billion was money down a rat hole and the people are poorer. There’s a high rate of unemployment. It’s somewhat similar to what’s going on in this country today. We spend trillions of dollars bailing out Wall Street and big banks and the special interests. And at the same time unemployment rates stay high and the people lose their houses and lose their mortgages.

So this is the problem when governments want to run things – whether it’s the economy or foreign policy – the people suffer, the special interest benefits and the political power players seem to be in on all the gravy. So it’s time for us, especially the American people and our Congress, to wake up and say, “Enough is enough. We just don’t have to be involved in every squabble around the world. Besides, we don’t have the money.” The sooner we come that that realization, the better.

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  1. Long live the Constitution of the USA

    TO democratsaresmart:
    It is NOT unscontitutional to tell the truth to Americans and the world.
    USA indeed intervenes around the world.

    The 1953 Iranian coup d'état (known in Iran as the 28 Mordad coup was the overthrow of the democratically elected government of Iran, and its head of government Prime Minister Mohammad Mosaddegh on 19 August 1953, orchestrated BY the United Kingdom (under the name 'Operation Boot') AND the United States (under the name TPAJAX Project). The coup saw the formation of a military government under Mohammad Pahlavi, who progressed from a constitutional monarch to an authoritarian one who relied heavily ON United States support to hold on to power until his own overthrow in February 1979.

    The tangible benefits the United States reaped from overthrowing Iran's elected government included a share of Iran's oil wealth.
    Washington CONTINUALLY supplied arms to the unpopular Shah, and the CIA-trained SAVAK, his repressive secret police force. The coup is widely believed to have significantly contributed to anti-American sentiment in Iran and the Middle East. The 1979 Iranian Revolution deposed the Shah and replaced the pro-Western royal dictatorship with the largely anti-Western Islamic Republic of Iran.

    WE AMERICANS should mind our OWN business.

    You are lying to the Americans by saying what Ron Paul says it's not true and I am proving it by the facts I'm giving here.

    In Washington, D.C., November 29, 2000 – The CIA history of operation TPAJAX was first disclosed by James Risen of The New York Times in its editions of April 16 and June 18, 2000, and posted on its website at:

    http://www.nytimes.com/library/world/mideast/041600iran-cia-index.html

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  2. if you want to see how right this man is right from egypt.. Im in Egypt now, and I got three videos done about my experience there..
    "liberty eureka from egypts revolution"
    "On USAID and presedent Ron Paul"
    "Ron Paul and foreign policy :puppet governments"

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  3. democratsaresmart

    RON PAUL IS GOING TO BE PROSECUTED BY UNITED STATES OF AMERICA! ITS UNCONSTITUTIONAL TO CALL AMERICAN PEOPLE INVADERS AND INITIATERS OF WARS.

    RON PAUL SAID THE USA INVADES COUNTRIES AND STARTS WARS, WHICH GIVES USA A BAD REPUTATION AROUND THE WORLD , THEREFORE IT IS CONSIDERED A CRIME . A US CITIZEN WHO

    WAS BORN IN USA CANT GO AGAINST GOVERNMENT POLICIES WHICH MIGHT TREATEN THE FUTURE

    OF THE COUNTRYS SECURITY .

    RON PAUL WILL BE PROSECUTED BY US GOVERNMENT!

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  4. Anyone ever hear the song" Imagine" by John Lennon?....Listen to it and hear the words, then watch tweets by world banks, plus realize there really is a shadow government" especially since 9/11", and note how many times the phrase...World Order ...is used in speeches...put it altogether and what picture do you come up with?

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  5. I don't know what sorry ass civics class you took in school, but in a democracy, the people elect whomever they want, including political parties who incorporate Islam into their political system. The US has NEVER consulted with an Arab country on who they want to elect as the President of the United States. Arab countries should then respond in the same manner and tell the US to mind its own business when they elect their leaders.

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  6. I don't know what sorry ass civics class you took in school, but in a democracy, the people elect whomever they want, including political parties who incorporate Islam into their political system. The US has NEVER consulted with an Arab country on who they want to elect as the President of the United States. Arab countries should then respond in the same manner and tell the US to mind its own business when they elect their leaders.

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  7. I do too, but unfortunately the vast majority of people let "The Big Two" parties tell them how to think. They actually do have other choices but why vote for someone "who won't win?" The should do themselves a favor and figure out why they can't win.

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  8. I do too, but unfortunately the vast majority of people let "The Big Two" parties tell them how to think. They actually do have other choices but why vote for someone "who won't win?" The should do themselves a favor and figure out why they can't win.

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  9. Wish ore people saw it that way... Singing to the choir, you'll always get applause.

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