Ron Paul: Let the Egyptians Solve Their Own Problems

Ron Paul speaks out against the U.S. government interfering in the affairs of other nations: “We should have done a lot less, a lot sooner.”

Date: 02/10/2011


Dylan Ratigan: Congressman Ron Paul joining the conversation. Congressman, is there anything that anybody outside of the borders of that country can or should do?

Ron Paul: Well, we should have done a lot less, a lot sooner because we’re in the middle of this. I mean he’s been our puppet dictator. We’ve given him 70 billion dollars, a bunch of it is in a private bank already, but we built his army. We sell him the weapons. We give them the weapons because we gave him the money. So, we’re in the middle of it and of course now, our government doesn’t know who to support and who not to support. So, they’re trying to line up with the next dictator. It just points out so tragically why intervention in the internal affairs of other nations eventually backfires on us. We’re just now angling to have control afterwards. I would say we’d be better off letting the Egyptians settle this problem.

Dylan Ratigan: Are you making a call, Congressman, for an overhaul of American foreign policy based on what you just said?

Ron Paul: Absolutely! I’ve been doing it in a good many years. I believe in the Constitutional foreign policy of the founders that advocated non-intervention which means that we start bringing our troops home as soon as possible and we bring our money home too. It’s going to happen if we’re going to have a bankruptcy. The Soviet system collapsed, not for military reasons but for financial reasons. So, this is an indication that we wasted our 70 billion dollars. Even the so-called stability that it bought for awhile, it leads to these kind of very, very dangerous situations. I do believe that tomorrow is going to be – if not sooner – a very wild and violent day in Egypt.

Dylan Ratigan: Fawaz, your thoughts on the American Congressman’s observations?

Fawaz Georges: Well, the reality is that at the end of the day, I hope that we learn the lessons from the Tunisian and the Egyptian case. I’m saying, we Americans – the American foreign policy community – at the end of the day, the Middle East has been a dismal failure, a disaster, for American foreign policy, but also at the end of the day, Egyptians are determining their future as you’ll see. The United States has very limited options at this particular moment. I would like President Barrack Obama to make it very clear that the United States, basically, takes sides on the side of the rising social forces – the human rights, the rule of law – those people who are really trying to own their history and basically determine their own affairs. But, I think, in the next few days, the United States must think very clearly about what its response will be if and when the army intervenes to suppress the protesters, what tomorrow might be a bloodbath if the protesters try to march to the Presidential Palace. The next few days are going to be extremely dangerous and I hope the United States has a clear position, a clear stand, when and if the ‘plunge’ takes place in Egypt.

Dylan Ratigan: Ron Paul, Ronald Reagan famous both in 1982 with Poland and in 1989 with the Berlin Wall for doing precisely what Fawaz just described – getting behind the pro-democracy forces, demanding the tearing down of the wall. Do you believe the United States should get behind that crowd?

Ron Paul: I don’t think it’s the same analogy. This is a lot of money and a lot of weapons, and we’re just trying to buy influence. It’s the same old policy of staying there and trying to pick sides. There’s nobody capable of knowing, who’s the one person that we can stand behind. Unless he gets our money… that military is very powerful now, but the military depends on us. So, we’re in the middle of this! To just say that we have to get behind another group, it sounds good, but can diplomatically once it’s settled down, for us to go in there and settle this fight, I think, is wrong and very, very dangerous and it will make things that much worse.

  • Calvarynorwalk

    Mubarak is our employee . . . he is fired! We paid his salary. Let the people Chowcheskoo his ass.

  • 12stringsforme

    Mubarak is in de Nile.

  • bluenote71

    Please, no bloodshed. In the name of all that’s good, no more innocent people getting hurt or killed. The president and those who would want to hold Egypt’s people under their thumb must step aside, and let Egypt rise.

  • piecharthosen

    The sole sound of reason. I understand setting up a puppet government in Egypt would be a very good idea but really – we’re just setting up the next Saddam Hussein and Usama bin Laden

  • i8uNWO

    Egyptians are doing what the people in the US people should be doing, taking there fucking country back! Learn from them, Ron Paul is the only politician that makes any sense at all!!!! Instead of worrying what the Egyptians are doing get behind Ron Paul!! And get your constitution and country back!

  • ASacredSpirit

    Damn right!

  • futbolfever90

    M- noo.. May I? M- May I? M- M- M- no.. May I?
    May you what? interrupt? and spit some stupid unconstitutional rhetoric? No, you may not.

  • DanielDamascusKimery

    Long Live The Ron Paul Revolution!


  • Maziyar

    Ron Paul is the man. Period.

  • KaptKan1

    Dr Paul is right, as usual. Who the hell nominated the damned U.S. government to meddle in, invade, occupy and corrupt other nations and their peoples?!
    To hell with the U.S. empire, and all empires. After all, hell is where they come from and it’s all they have to offer the world.

  • pkpapers

    My neighbors think the Superbowl is more important than this. They think taxing the “rich” will solve such issues as foregn policy and global depression.

  • pkpapers

    My neighbors think the Superbowl is more important than this. They think taking the “rich” will solve such issues as foregn polity and global depression.

  • justonemorename

    this is where ron paul loses me .. we are so intangled we can not just turn out back.. what we should do bring forth information . we should AID the people of egypt in knowing everything they need to know to be free ..

  • captkirkconnell

    food subsidies were stopped and a high un-employment That is what caused Egypts riots. No mater who the leader is, the protestors will be after him. Mob rule and Mob logic will not fix food prices or the un employment. It is like a spring was wound up during the last 20 years and it is sprung loose. what Egypt- its a format. What will government do? What will the people at the bottom do? How long will it take to stabilize?

  • bluesmann8

    I’m with ron Paul! we need to mind our own bussiness and stay out of the affairs of other nations and bring our troops and money home where they belong!
    billions of dollars? for free? are they brain dead? who ever signed that ok needs a foot up their as-

  • alsome11

    May I? no you may fucker not let the man speak

  • 411American

    Because the savage will not step down in the face of Egypt I can’t even begin to fathom the pain they lived in, it is obvious Egyptians did what they can now have to do what they have to do or keep being dictated through governments and go homeless. The world sees and understands – Freedom for Egypt NOW while you are strong It is said of Obama to long to late it applies to mubarack also

  • jawayetti

    The Founding Fathers took a, “don’t get involved” approach? Are you fucking kidding me? I guess the Revolution was a different group of Founding Fathers.

  • zsezse215

    What happens in Egypt stays in Egypt. philipnute com

  • mispistoleros

    al jazeera has a live feed. fawaz gerges, egyptian analyst, there is a split between the military elite, with vested interests, and the junior ranks. a pro-dem egyptian stated on al jazeera that many junior officers have been detained, that some had been tortured, in the last few days.apparently, the people don’t trust the military while the military doesn’t trust the rank and file.