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

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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.



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138 Comments:

  1. If Ron Paul doesn't win next year, revolt.

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  2. $70 billion dollars, huh? I oppose the policies that stem from this futile effort. Can I have my share back?

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  3. we promote dictators in other countries. potential dictators know, if you can control the population, and make sure labor is cheap, our businesses invest. we will fund your military, and your job is to get paid, and keep people working hard, and silent.

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  4. ConservativeSamizdat

    Ron Paul is a fucking idiot . Refusing to interfere with other nations is a morally spineless and unrealistic positions.

    And lets not forget that the Founding Fathers sent people over to France during their revolution for freedom.

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  5. Ron Paul is a war mongering neo con, except that he has different enemies.

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  6. this guy is my friggin' hero! Run for Prez in 2012! Run Paul, Run!!!

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  7. this guy is my friggin' hero! Run for Prez in 2012! Run Paul, Run!!!

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  8. He speaks very well and very honestly. He has stood with the same positions for over 20 years. I would like to just see four years under Paul, and see how he slowly makes the transition from centralized bureaucratic empire, back to a constitutional republic. He's trying to resist the globalist movement and save our nation from being sold out to the world. He wants to downsize the federal government, bring troops home across the globe, and audit the central banks. Ron Paul- PRO American.

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  9. He speaks very well and very honestly. He has stood with the same positions for over 20 years. I would like to just see four years under Paul, and see how he slowly makes the transition from centralized bureaucratic empire, back to a constitutional republic. He's trying to resist the globalist movement and save our nation from being sold out to the world. He wants to downsize the federal government, bring troops home across the globe, and audit the central banks. Ron Paul- PRO American.

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  10. No unlike a brainless twit like you, I'm a straight-shooting patriot. If you can't see that your statement about the US being the biggest bully in the world is wrong when countries like Russia has the gut to justify their disproportionate bombing of Georgia, when countries like China calls countries like South korea and Japan their vassals, then yes you are mentally handicapped. But again, you'd rather much be hung up on the communist propaganda from globalresearch so go figure.

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  11. I've known quite honest people with down syndrome; you, on the other hand, read selectively and speak dishonestly. You do know this country is militarily involved with more than Iraq and Afghanistan. You do know this country arms many countries -- often on both sides of a conflict. You do know that we have military bases circling the globe. You do know the U.S. military budget far exceeds the rest. Your name-calling and ranting and bluster doesn't make truth tellers wrong.

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  12. I've known quite honest people with down syndrome; you, on the other hand, read selectively and speak dishonestly. You do know this country is militarily involved with more than Iraq and Afghanistan. You do know this country arms many countries -- often on both sides of a conflict. You do know that we have military bases circling the globe. You do know the U.S. military budget far exceeds the rest. Your name-calling and ranting and bluster doesn't make truth tellers wrong.

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  13. I've known quite honest people with down syndrome; you, on the other hand, read selectively and speak dishonestly. You do know this country is militarily involved with more than Iraq and Afghanistan. You do know this country arms many countries -- often on both sides of a conflict. You do know that we have military bases circling the globe. You do know the U.S. military budget far exceeds the rest. Your name-calling and ranting and bluster doesn't make truth tellers wrong.

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  14. You type like you have downsyndrome, did you fucking read my last post I just told you I'm against the wars in iraq and Afghanistan. But how these two wars then show that America is the most warlike country in the world is fucking beyond me, not when our country is the #1 destination for immigrants. I mean seriously get a fucking grip you communist-conservative weirdo not everything the US does is bad

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  17. We must make sure RON PAUL is our next president. I usually don't get involved in such things but PAUL is our last chance for hope- The constitution will be suspended if anyone other than Paul becomes president in 2012- A new system will be brought in. Most likely the zeitgeist system- We can't allow that to happen- That will bring about a NWO.There will be no money or personal ownership.Zeitgeist is Luciferian.A deception by the Illuminati- watch?v=LuocQZiXiJs

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  18. America is BROKE. Cut off ALL foreign nations! It's unconstitutional, period.

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  19. Dear Sir,
    I am an Egyptian. Although Egyptians are very poor and definietely need the AIDS, but I absolutely agree with you. We don't need that money because the price was very high- our freedom and self respect. Enough propping of dictators and interfearing in our affairs. It has always been a vicious cycle. The American flag has been burnt all over the Middle East because of the people's hatred of American policy that advocates and props their dictators to kill them and oppress them. Then they bring these incidents on TV and convince Americans, that Arabs/Middle Easterns/Muslims hate them and they have to fight them back. USA has been giving money to Israel to kill more Palestinians and build more settlements and giving more money to its bull dogs like Mubarak in the Middle East to kiss ass. I cannot beleive that America could at last have a President that resembles the real American public who are absolute humanitarians and have nothing to do with their terrorist government.

    Whereas Americans are made to beleive that Muslims are terrorists, we are made to beleive that Americans are terrorists and building an empire at our expense?! The truth has at last unfolded to both of us. It is all about some bastards here and some bastards there who rule the world while we are watching either naiively or helplessly. We have succeeded in getting rid of both our helplessness and naiivity. We have given some Logic pills to the naiive to cure them out of it.

    America should not have double standards wanting Freedom and Democracy only for itself and not for the rest of the world.

    My dear Sir, you are too good to be true and too honest for the bastards to allow you to lead. But who knows, may be this is the year of The Honest. If we, in Egypt, were able to see the truth and fight the idiots, the ignorant and most importantly the tyrants in our country then you can.

    You were very right in beleiving that Egyptians will not accept American money if it meant owning their army. You were also right that you don't have to pay for freindship. In fact, we will be more freinds with America if it stops sending Israel and us money than when it did. I hope time allows us to prove it.

    Very good luck

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  20. Ron Paul is something different in currant politics, a man of conviction. While
    the GOP leadership 'lock steps' toward the powerful business interests, pretends
    to 'romance' the tea party goofies, Paul speaks his mind.

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