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.


  • Margaret

    Let’s hope not!

  • 2icebaked

    I’ve never seen such an honestly useless politician……

  • bewarethebeef

    i got through 15 seconds before i wanted to change to porn. i am whats wrong with america 🙁

  • shawno66

    If we had implemented George W. Bush’s energy policy in 2000, we wouldn’t need to care what happened in the Middle East today.

  • theblitzchannel

    This man speaks the truth, but one problem, I’ll keep typing this, he isn’t as good as Obama, Bill Clinton or George Bush at winning over people with his speeches. Bush had the southern draw and white people fell for it, Bill Clinton and Obama are car salesmen, it’s sad that most of America has no idea how great this country would become under Ron Paul.

  • SteveXnycperformance

    VOTE for RON PAUL if he has a WAR Machine. anything thing else is crap shoot.

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  • DcEatsItsYoung

    can you please make the volume higher in your next video. thanks!

  • NorgelLegron

    everybody loves you Ron, hope you run in 2012

  • alger1968

    Mubarek just made a speech and he threanten the protesters and the whole Egyptians. He said he will die in Egypt !!. When dictator shown his real face WOW

  • americaisevil1

    bye bye Mubarak, ur days are numbered, time to run to saudi arabia, very soon people will also up rise in Saudi, so time to run to Obama

  • kommisar

    Actually, the U.S. can, just like it has done so very much with China, Japan and the Soviet Union countries, but it CAN’T be done through war, foreign aid and intervention like the politicians want. It HAS to be done through free trade. The westernization through the aforementioned countries happened because they liked the products America sold them and came to like their culture. So, yes, America can westernize other countries, but NOT through “spreading democracy”; rather through trade.

  • Steel545

    Thank You Doctor

  • iiguns

    We sent over $60 Billion to a Dictator!!!! Think about that… We the Good old US of A send money to a Dictator?? Then we wonder why there are Terrorist. The people in these country’s know we support these thugs. And they know we vote for our Government!! And our Government is suppose to represent us, We The People. And look what our Government does!! When will America Wake Up?

  • sunRsaturn

    America can’t westernize the Middle East. You want a western example, just listen to Frank Zappa. He mocked out western culture because his Arab genes were kicking in and his westernization was coming undone. Plastic people, oh baby, now your such a drag…. your lying and goofy games are not our style.

  • kmg501

    “the political power players are in on all the gravy”

    Bingo! Ron Paul sees right through the establishment bullcrap.

  • civusamericanus

    The United States should cut ALL Foreign Aid. We can’t afford to bailout states, let alone other foreign countries. PERIOD!!!

  • tonyteb

    if RON PAUL runs in 2012 my whole family is gonna campaign like a mother here in RHODE ISLAND

  • rookiebob

    Glenn Beck actually was saying the same thing last night. For once he was right. Ron Paul is cool but they better not buy this nigga out

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