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


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.


  • TheTrueGamble

    I love you Ron Paul, just like you love me! (I am a soldier, and you want to use my life with caution where Bush and Obama don’t give a rat’s butt about my life!) That is why I love you Ron Paul, because you love me!!!

  • MrGottabefree

    I would trust Ron Paul’s Honesty and openess more than all the other polititions combined! You can tell he is in touch with all of us!!!!

  • EsCurve

    why don’t we foreign aid the lower 80 percent of America?

  • TheLizardKing1967

    The NWO is behind all of this. Youtube Lindsey Williams.

  • HixsonLibra

    God, I hope Mr. Paul runs for president. If he doesn’t, America is doomed.

  • bigz008

    Ron Paul, the day someone like u is elected in america, their will be hope and prosperity in america.

  • Chareb94

    LOL! Hmmm, Carter ALLOWED the taking of IRAN, and yer quoting that??? REALLY????? Now we got a carbon copy as president…… for egypt…GUESS WHAT WILL HAPPEN NEXT????? SAME THING DUMBASS!!!

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  • jx14aby

    He’s about the only politician I can listen to without puking. Even when I disagree with him.

  • FreeThinkify

    I bet there are more comments on all of Ron Paul’s videos then all of the view counts added together.

  • arglbargl

    does every ignorant american feel the need to put up some inane blather about a subject they know nothing about? stick to conspiracy theories about nafta highways and the gold standard ya kook

  • Infantry9

    I can understand why Paul says what he says but I’m worried that a militant religious faction might takeover Egypt’s government resulting in a worse situation than before. I oppose Mubarak’s rule due to its authoritative nature (violation of free speech especially) but I’m hoping its replacement is truly an improvement and not another bad government. I’m hoping for the best for the Egyptian people but that’s hoping for quite a bit.

  • christo930

    Unfortunatelly Ron Pau belongs to a republican party that is split up between 3 major camps
    1) Neocons who want to run the world
    2) Crazy Christian right loons who want all the religious based social change
    3) Sellouts that cater to the rich and the corporations and care nothing about the people
    The Democrats aren’t any better and the libertarians have had almost no success in 40 years.

  • vic3003

    How could a video of such importance only have 300 views?? Wake up American, stop looking up stupid shit on youtube, fix the country first, then watch your stupid shit.

  • StepUPNJ

    3 cheers for Ron Paul! Truly the ONLY voice of liberty in Congress. Every other politician spews meaningless talking points. Ron speaks the truth and never waivers.

  • HyperBorealOperator

    More sanity, I love this guy!

  • AlexJonesinfoTV

    Ron Paul is an Anti American Piece of Crap.

  • Arperture2008

    Too bad we don’t have the any Wiki-Leaks on this yet..

  • eragon2121

    How could we have orchestrated the protests..

  • 1kingconan