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.

  • doogleandalix

    Ron Paul is the only one who has the guts to tell it like it is !


  • Xwaxtaxper

    because of the wars, it’s because of our ridiculous trade policies. So yes do a little bit more reading before you open your mouth you ignorant oaf

  • MrDrawingguy

    Dr Paul is the man… 🙂

  • actonbath

    Stop financing Dictators abroad, we have our own here in the USA to support….and get rid of.

  • JohnnyMac2237

    This time around even the Main Stream protectorates of Wall Street and corporates at the expense of the American Taxpayer will not prevent Ron Paul from becoming the Republican nominee.

  • mkultra138

    We really need this guy as president! I never thought I’d be supporting a republican but waddayaknow?! RON PAUL 2012

  • dourtan

    Now our govt. does’nt know who to support, or who not to support. Just wating for the next dictator to prop up.

  • StopTheWarOnDrugs1

    Finally a person who wants to run the country that cares about the country and us americans Ron Paul 2012

  • PostSurgeOperative

    WRong Paul is wrong yet again. Mubarek stepped down today, and the people protesting in Egypt aren’t being slaughtered by the military.
    WRong Paul says US investment in foreign aid to Egypt was ‘wasted money,’ yet the fact is, the stability and economic development of Egypt was made possible by US foreign aid dollars.

    The army that we paid for will ensure a peaceful transition to a democratic Egypt. I’m sure WRong Paul is very disappointed that his worldview isn’t vindicated by today’s events.

    • Joe

      What economic development? The people in Egypt are starving. 44% of the population is considered poor to extremely poor. It’s those people who are revolting and who do you think they will hold partially responsible for their problems? That’s right, the interventionist country who financially supported Egypts oppressive military and government.

  • Vertigo2903

    Ron is right yet again! Our whole country is crumbling..Egypt is a big, giant, fat distraction from all of our problems here..

  • CTrace

    I don’t always agree with Ron Paul and I don’t really like Libertarianism, but I don’t think it’d be the worst thing if he won the presidency. If nothing else, he seems like he actually gives a damn about actual human beings, and that puts him head and shoulders over most Republicans and a lot of Democrats. You get the sense that he believes what he believes, not for ideology’s sake, but because he believes it will help REAL people.

  • oldskoolmacboy

    At last a guy who tells it like it is. If this guy isn’t president in 2012 I give up on humanity.

  • SteveXnycperformance

    We are Great, cause the LORD speak through PAUL.

  • evanWith7

    Well we should show support through our words, and we should support their quest for democracy, but we shouldn’t be giving them our fucking GOD DAMMED MONEY.


    What the fuck is wrong with our leaders? Just giving money away to morons like Mubarak or the assholes in Haiti, all so they can pocket it.

  • DJ

    Here here. I am sick of seeing this on our evening news when we have issues happening on our own soil.

    “non-intervention which means that we start bringing our troops home as soon as possible and we bring our money home too. ”

    Ron Paul 2012. You got my vote!

  • purplefetus3

    “…may I?”

    YOU MAY NOT. : )

  • PolishAmericanDC

    Please stop today. Your money, Money of your country Egypt, of the people of Egypt will go to Monaco, Switzerland and other places

    Please learn from our history.

    the oligarchs have weakened Russia’s economy by stripping assets from Russian firms and sending money abroad

  • PolishAmericanDC

    To the Egyptian People. Please ask US president Obama, EU, Russia, China, Iran to block all the outgoing money transfers ( all above $5000.00 ) out of Egypt so Mubarak and his people can not still from the Egyptian people.
    Please learn from our mistakes since USA is to slow to act fact.

  • vict0ria7130

    No you may not! Let Ron Paul speak!!!!~

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