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

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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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212 Comments:

  1. Improve your audio. It seems to be your only shortcoming in all of your videos!! Who the heck is in charge of your audio??

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  2. LOL...Has any American ever realized how much money this country would save if we did away with Congress and everything was decided by votes of the people as a whole ?

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    • We could do away with congress and have the voters take the responsibility for the masses. When our Govt was founded we needed representation because there were no lines of communication between the voters and the goverment. We used horses and a representative to tell the congress what the people wanted. We could replace this with the internet in a second. Have free elections on all major topics every 2nd tuesday of every month. Sure, participation would be low, but it would be better than what we have now. What a waste...

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  3. Unfortunately, not many Americans take Ron Paul seriously. Also, he doesn't mention Israel very much, if at all. Israel has a lot of sway with American politicians (51st state).

    The CIA is constantly meddling in other countries' affairs. Would Ron Paul curtail the CIA?

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  4. Mubarack and Barack Obama to big to fail trial them all for war crimes against people - Bring back our troops war monger obomber, who will the FED SELECTED
    new president be next?

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  5. Mubarack and Barack Obama to big to fail  trial them all for war crimes against people - Bring back our troops war monger obomber, who will the FED SELECTED
    new president be next?

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  6. I think you misunderstood me. I'm a lifelong Libertarian.

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  7. Ron!!! what you have said is totally true....we don't have the money!!! let's worry about 9% unemployment in this country first!! I'm sorry ya'll but America for Americans is my hope for the future!!!

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  8. Ron!!! what you have said is totally true....we don't have the money!!! let's worry about 9% unemployment in this country first!! I'm sorry ya'll but America for Americans is my hope for the future!!!

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  9. - I agree, Imagine How the Eurpeans Messed Up the Middle East, and Enticed USA to get allong for the Ride. Now The US messed it up even worse. And Now China has emerge from the Ashes who embraced the US model of Mutant Capitalism is flaunting it's Hegemonic Interest in the middle east too. Imagine If americans fucked Up middle east, what more now if China gets in the mix? Communism, Capitalism, Theocracy? - which model should we pick from the lesser of 3 Evils? It's messed up yo

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  10. I find it intriguing how oor goverment set the stage for the Egypt's make believe Muslim issue really about lost freedom dividing that race to adjust them and others by control of the Suez canal Obama is so illusive that people are not sure what he is, much like his boss the Federal Reserve. CIA's intentions are working as they have been able to isolate real freedom issues using WAR and RELIGION. Amazing how the sheeples are lead
    End the Fed and world terrorism will be reduced by99%

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  11. I find it intriguing how oor goverment set the stage for the Egypt's make believe Muslim issue really about lost freedom dividing that race to adjust them and others by control of the Suez canal Obama is so illusive that people are not sure what he is, much like his boss the Federal Reserve. CIA's intentions are working as they have been able to isolate real freedom issues using WAR and RELIGION. Amazing how the sheeples are lead
    End the Fed and world terrorism will be reduced by99%

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  12. - like most liberals including your liberal media you gave no facts just use conjecture to accuse and then dismiss. So here are the facts - Ron Paul has been calling for an audit the Fed for years, he was against bailouts and against the IRAQ and Afgan wars. He told us about the housing bubble for years and the unsustainable Feddy and Fanny years ago and everyone said he was crazy. He is the only honest politician I have ever seen.

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  13. It's not going to happen, there's too much money wrapped up in these affairs for the government to ever consider a 'mind your own business' approach. They ARE minding their businesses, that's the problem

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  14. Ron call me please I need to update your mind! your good but I know things about light that you must know it's what christ new if you do not want this than I will quit trying to give it to you I am the lamp-stand of the almighty lord god Allah the creator of everything and I want to speak with you alone!

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  15. It has become a habit that is hard to break.

    I think it is delusional and unrealistic for Ron Paul to suggest that the U.S will stop such interference in other people's affairs.

    America wants to play the good cop but the law of unintended consequences always comes to bite them back up the ass.

    The corporate capitalists and the profiteers use these events to sell more military equipment. Therefore it won't end under Ron Paul's ideas.

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  16. It has become a habit that is hard to break.

    I think it is delusional and unrealistic for Ron Paul to suggest that the U.S will stop such interference in other people's affairs.

    America wants to play the good cop but the law of unintended consequences always comes to bite them back up the ass.

    The corporate capitalists and the profiteers use these events to sell more military equipment. Therefore it won't end under Ron Paul's ideas.

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  17. the only country that obama needs to help is israel these muslims are going to unite all against israel tunisia,iran,iraq,yemen,saudiarabia,turkey,libya,egypt,pakistan,syria,and russia.

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  18. the only country that obama needs to help is israel these muslims are going to unite all against israel tunisia,iran,iraq,yemen,saudiarabia,turkey,libya,egypt,pakistan,syria,and russia.

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  19. why would a democratic country u.s.a help any muslim country if i was the president i would take that money and create jobs at home.

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  20. why would a democratic country u.s.a help any muslim country if i was the president i would take that money and create jobs at home.

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