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.


  • walsid

    a little happiness to the people of Egypt, free elections for the people

  • MaurDL

    I can deal with the poor video quality but C4L really needs to improve its sound quality. I always have to turn the volume way up to hear the damn videos.

  • bazsohamster

    Telling your neighbor what he or she or them how to run there house what they need to do with there house and so on and so on not a very good way of keeping the peace, if you don’t want to be told how to run your house and what to do with it you should have the same respect for your neighbor, now apply this to the world level and there you go

  • msungs

    I do not pledge my allegiance to the Flag of the United States of Banks, and to the Federal Reserve (as Federal as Federal Express) for which it stands, one nation, under “Owe”bama divisible with enslavement and injustice for all. The US likes to play in other people’s sandboxes. Just follow the money and the oil interests of Uncle Sam. Glad I left the USSA. Ron Paul is a modern day Founding Father but too many are too busy watching American Idol or sports to give a damn.

  • prescottbill

    The voice of reason in the insane asylum.

  • MooseOfReason

    Isn’t it wild that the so-called conservatives get so upset at Ron Paul for continuing to say “I told you so” with regards to foreign policy?

    Whenever their foreign policy philosophy blows up in all of our faces, they, figuratively speaking, raise their middle finger toward Paul.

    “If you’re looking for the guilty, you need only look into a mirror.”

  • laffredo

    When Ron Paul speaks it just makes sence

  • WhiteRa1000

    Leave the Arabs alone and they will destroy themselves. 🙂 All these terrorist groups only exist because they have a target, if they don’t have a target they will never be able to convince people to blow themselves up. I mean how can you convince an Arab Kid to kill an American if that kid WANTS to be an American, WANTS to have FREEDOM, LIBERTY and A BRAIN. Lolzzz. Arab kids don’t want to live in caves or huts, they want to be smart, skilled and sophisticated. Just like us.

  • SopraTutt1

    Enough if enough Ron Paul? This is how you’re going to fix it? Are you going to tell them: “Enough is enough guys, stop fu**ing us in the ass, it started to hurt, please stop, thank you!”

    If this is how you’ll fix it, then US is just F… U … C … K …. E …. D!!!

    • James

      Do you honestly believe that screaming profanities will make you seem more intelligent?
      Because it does not.

      All we have to do to fix our foreign policy is to return to our traditional role of nonintervention. Very simple.
      Strong boarders.
      Strong military.
      Strong economy.
      Strong position for trade.
      We are set.

  • Jimmersd

    I think (hope) this is more like the bloodless/People Power revolution of Aquino in the Philippines in 1986. Marcos was a similar despot. Yes, it wasn’t a great positive for the US but I think in the long run it turned out to be (diplomatically speaking) a lot better then the alternative.

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  • KidsandKarma

    Ron just doesn’t understand the danger of religious tyranny. The Muslim Brotherhood has the power to take over Egypt thru bringing down the government of Mubarak. No Mubarak is not what we wish to stay governing Egypt forever. But he is a whole lot better than The Muslim Brotherhood! They’re going to create a Theocracy – a police state like Iran. Why doesn’t Ron understand what a Muslim takeover will do to the survival of the free world?

  • Stevenup7004

    Egypt can and will sort themselves out.

  • fonkymaster

    Unintended Consequences, like the Taliban?

  • knoose

    I REALLY hope RON runs and NOT his son.
    Rand doesn’t have the philosophy quite like Ron.

  • JahRed24x

    I wish Ron Paul was my DOCTOR! (lol, he wants all drugs legalized)

  • DarkReapersGrim

    As both an Arab and an American, I agree with the political genius-Dr. Ron Paul. The United States has consistently exhibited incompetence in the Middle East while practicing hypocrisy. The US claims to favor democracy and yet, has repeatedly demonstrated its allegiance with despotic rulers like Mubarak. And when democracy and elections in the Middle East does occur as it did in Palestine and Lebanon the US then discredits and delegitimizes the victors. The US ought to keep its dirty hands away.

  • truthslap

    Thank you Ron Paul for, as always, courageously speaking the PLAIN TRUTH that so many imperialists and apologists will not. thank you for your sincerity and insight.

  • NCIcaucus

    I’ve been spreading the word about Ron Paul and people are becoming aware.

    Run RON RUN!!

  • OnePresidentOfPeace

    It will just suck if the united states backs up those 10% Christians to defeat the rest of the 90% Muslims currently living in Egypt.