Ron Paul: How Foreign Aid Creates Instability and Isolates America




How Foreign Aid Creates Instability and Isolates America

by Ron Paul

The events in Egypt of late have captured the attention of the world as many thousands of Egyptians take to the streets both in opposition to and favor of the current regime. We watch from a distance hoping that events do not spiral further into violence which will destroy lives and threaten the livelihoods of average Egyptians caught up in the political turmoil. I hope that Egyptians are able to work toward a more free and just society. Unfortunately, much of the blame for the unrest in Egypt and the resulting instability in the region rests with U.S. foreign policy over the past several decades. The U.S. government has sent more than $60 billion to the Egyptian regime since the Camp David accords in 1978 to purchase stability, including more security for the state of Israel.

We see now the folly of our interventionist foreign policy. Not only has that stability fallen to pieces, with the current unrest, but the years of propping up the corrupt regime in Egypt has led the people to increase their resentment of both America and Israel. We are both worse off for the decades of the intervention in Egypt’s internal affairs. I wish I could say that we have learned our lesson and will no longer attempt to purchase or rent friends in the Middle East, but I am afraid that is being too optimistic. Already we see evidence that while the U.S. historically propped up the Egyptian regime, we also provided assistance to groups opposed to the regime. So we have lost the credibility to claim today that we support the self-determination of the Egyptian people. Our double dealing has not endeared us to the Egyptians who now seek to reclaim their independence and national dignity.

Diplomacy via foreign aid transfer payments only makes us less safe at home and less trusted overseas, but the overriding reality is that we simply cannot afford to continue a policy of buying friends. We face an ongoing and potentially deepening recession at home, so how can we justify to the underemployed and unemployed in the United States the incredible cost of maintaining a global empire? Moral arguments aside, we must stop sending hundreds of billions of dollars to foreign governments when our own economy is in shambles.

American media and talking heads repeatedly pose the same loaded questions. Should the administration encourage the Egyptian president to remain or to resign? Should the U.S. ensure Mohamed ElBaradei or current Vice President Omar Suleiman succeed current president Mubarak? The best answer to these questions is that we should just do nothing, as Eisenhower did in 1956. We should leave Egypt for Egyptians to figure out.

Some may claim that this is isolationism. Nothing could be further from the truth. We should enthusiastically engage in trade, allow travel between countries, but we should stay out of their internal affairs. We are in fact more isolated from Egypt now than ever because the regime we propped up appears to be falling. We have isolated ourselves from the Egyptian people by propping up their government as we isolate ourselves from the Tunisians, Israelis, and other recipients of foreign aid. Their resentment of our interventionist foreign policy makes us less safe because we lose our authority to conduct meaningful diplomacy when unpopular regimes fall overseas. We also radicalize those who resented our support for past regimes.

Let us hope for a more prosperous and peaceful era for the Egyptians and let us learn the lessons of our 30 year Egyptian mistake.



style="display:inline-block;width:728px;height:90px"
data-ad-client="ca-pub-3666212842414688"
data-ad-slot="9478233584">

Likes(0)Dislikes(0)

80 Comments:

  1. My own companion saved to fav this particular relationship and i originated there mistakenly. Regards a tremendous amount with this submit! A real beneficial go through. Simply put i carry out too much effort at this point to a whole lot of acquire thoughts and opinions, still, should i keep returning the day after tomorrow morning, For certain i will discuss why I have to admit i really dig using this kind of document.

    Likes(0)Dislikes(0)

    Like or Dislike: Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

  2. give us "poor countries" foreign aid by giving free meal at McDonalds, don't give it to our politicians or to the rich... they we not shear it to us... they will not even give a kiddy meal ..:)

    Likes(0)Dislikes(0)

    Like or Dislike: Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

  3. give us "poor countries" foreign aid by giving free meal at McDonalds, don't give it to our politicians or to the rich... they we not shear it to us... they will not even give a kiddy meal ..:)

    Likes(0)Dislikes(0)

    Like or Dislike: Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

  4. /watch?v=6UXH84LE8Js .... Israel is guilty of terrorism!
    Israel in Syria and Iran! Israel s terrorizing the region and we are helping them. Stopping aid to Israel equals peace for the region and USA!!!
    ~
    VOTE FOR RON PAUL
    ~

    Likes(0)Dislikes(0)

    Like or Dislike: Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

  5. disconnect your internet and sell YOUR tv you greedy bastard because you are stealing money which you should send to corrupted egyptian regim... I mean POOR people!

    Likes(0)Dislikes(0)

    Like or Dislike: Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

  6. I hope he does run in 2012 but I think that the media will just make him invisible once again.

    Likes(0)Dislikes(0)

    Like or Dislike: Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

  7. Talking Heads...."Same as it always was"! Dr. Paul it makes my stomach turn to see Americans without jobs, food, shelter, and medicine while we send billions to Israel. Please run in 2012...you have my vote!

    Likes(0)Dislikes(0)

    Like or Dislike: Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

  8. EU trows alot more money(3 times as much i thought) out than america on foreign aid.. and EU is doing pretty good.
    Except for maybe greece i guess.

    All i hear in this msg is greed and no care about people that need care... you sure live nice there in your house with a TV, PC, and all that shit, no worries about anything.
    GTFO already!

    Likes(0)Dislikes(0)

    Like or Dislike: Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

  9. SlayerofFiction

    Ron your messages will do better if there is a video of you talking over a poster, you do have my support but you have to be more aggressive and maybe need a loud mouth like me to promote you in your quest to lead this country

    Likes(0)Dislikes(0)

    Like or Dislike: Thumb up 0 Thumb down 1

  10. I love how he said that the US should stop meddling in other countries' affairs and should let them be the way they develop, make their own decision. USA is a country, like every country and it should care for its self and should let other countries do the same. I liked hearing this.

    Likes(0)Dislikes(0)

    Like or Dislike: Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

  11. the one person who makes sense. Stop foreign aid -even to Israel who uses cluster bombs and killed over 1,000 woman and children in Gaza. If there is foreign aid-there must be restrictions.

    Likes(0)Dislikes(0)

    Like or Dislike: Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

  12. if Paul wins, he'd only be our second President to have a Doctorate. (the other was Woodrow Wilson who led us to victory in WW1)

    Likes(0)Dislikes(0)

    Like or Dislike: Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

  13. if Paul wins, he'd only be our second President to have a Doctorate. (the other was Woodrow Wilson who led us to victory in WW1)

    Likes(0)Dislikes(0)

    Like or Dislike: Thumb up 2 Thumb down 0

  14. ProgressiveInAmerica

    Trust me, at Ron Poopyface Paul's age, he won't be running anywhere. LOLZ

    Likes(0)Dislikes(0)

    Like or Dislike: Thumb up 0 Thumb down 3

  15. ProgressiveInAmerica

    Trust me, at Ron Poopyface Paul's age, he won't be running anywhere. LOLZ

    Likes(0)Dislikes(0)

    Like or Dislike: Thumb up 0 Thumb down 2

  16. Ron Paul is a clear-headed, anti-Keynesian, anti-central planning/banker economist. I love him! I made a video, talking about many things Dr. Paul does, including other research used by many critics of Keynes and his policies. Go here:

    watch?v=Jiv1-ZvgMnc

    Likes(0)Dislikes(0)

    Like or Dislike: Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

  17. Ron Paul is a clear-headed, anti-Keynesian, anti-central planning/banker economist. I love him! I made a video, talking about many things Dr. Paul does, including other research used by many critics of Keynes and his policies. Go here:

    watch?v=Jiv1-ZvgMnc

    Likes(0)Dislikes(0)

    Like or Dislike: Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

  18. Ron Paul is a clear-headed, anti-Keynesian, anti-central planning/banker economist. I love him! I made a video, talking about many things Dr. Paul does, including other research used by many critics of Keynes and his policies. Go here:

    watch?v=Jiv1-ZvgMnc

    Likes(0)Dislikes(0)

    Like or Dislike: Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

  19. Ron Paul is a clear-headed, anti-Keynesian, anti-central planning/banker economist. I love him! I made a video, talking about many things Dr. Paul does, including other research used by many critics of Keynes and his policies. Go here:

    watch?v=Jiv1-ZvgMnc

    Likes(0)Dislikes(0)

    Like or Dislike: Thumb up 2 Thumb down 0

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *


+ four = 5

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong>