Bin Laden Is Dead – Let’s Come Home!

Date: 05/09/2011

by Ron Paul

Last week marked an important milestone in the war on terrorism for our country. Osama bin Laden applauded the 9/11 attacks. Such deliberate killing of innocent lives deserved retaliation. It is good that bin Laden is dead and justice is served. The way in which he was finally captured and killed shows that targeted retribution is far superior to wars of aggression and nation-building. In 2001 I supported giving the president the authority to pursue those responsible for the vicious 9/11 attacks. However, misusing that authority to pursue nation-building and remaking the Middle East was cynical and dangerous, as the past ten years have proven.

It is tragic that it took ten years, trillions of dollars, tens of thousands of American casualties and many thousands of innocent lives to achieve our mission of killing one evil person. A narrow, targeted mission under these circumstances was far superior to initiating wars against countries not involved in the 9/11 attacks, and that is all we should have done. This was the reason I emphasized at the time the principle of Marque and Reprisal, permitted to us by the US Constitution for difficult missions such as we faced. I am convinced that this approach would have achieved our goal much sooner and much cheaper.

The elimination of Osama bin Laden should now prompt us to declare victory and bring our troops home from Afghanistan and Iraq. Al Qaeda was never in Iraq and we were supposedly in Afghanistan to get Osama bin Laden. With bin Laden gone, there is no reason for our presence in the region – unless indeed it was all about oil, nation-building, and remaking the Middle East and Central Asia.

Hopefully bin Laden does not get the last laugh. He claimed the 9/11 attacks were designed to get the US to spread its military dangerously and excessively throughout the Middle East, bankrupting us through excessive military spending as he did the Soviets, and to cause political dissention within the United States. Some 70 percent of Americans now believe we should leave Afghanistan yet both parties seem determined to stay. The best thing we could do right now is prove bin Laden a false prophet by coming home and ending this madness on a high note.

Tragically, one result may be the acceptance of torture as a legitimate tool for pursuing our foreign policy. A free society, calling itself a republic, grounded in the rule of law, should never succumb to such evil.

At the very least we should all be able to agree that foreign aid to Pakistan needs to end immediately. The idea that bin Laden was safely protected for ten years in Pakistan, either willfully or through incompetence, should make us question the wisdom of robbing American citizens to support any government around the world with foreign aid. All foreign aid and intervention needs to end.

Our failed foreign policy is reflected in our bizarre relationship with Pakistan. We bomb them with drones, causing hundreds of civilian casualties, we give them billions of dollars in foreign aid for the privilege to do so, all while they protect America’s enemy number one for a decade.

It is time to consider a sensible non-interventionist foreign policy as advised by our Founders and authorized by our Constitution. We would all be better off for it.


  • klscott5

    I had my wife and 18 yr.old daughter register to vote just for R.P. , don’t let us down Ron…kick ass and take names…

  • klscott5

    After the lies our Govt. has been used to feeding America, from the Gulf of Tonkin,U.S.S.Liberty, to Vaccines,we are reasonably suspicious…
    It would be more believable with a body, esspecially when they could have, and should have, taken him alive….

  • deadlyshoelace

    Ron Paul I’m not an american and I don’t even live in America, but I really hope you become President.. get America back to what it used to be… a great country.. a country of the free and home of the brave…You would be the best President since JFK.. I’m really praying for you I really am

  • msungs

    The entire story is not plausible and from a former-cop perspective (I quit and left the USSA after reading too many Homeland Security Domestic Terrorism reports that made my skin crawl) it doesn’t make any sense. You kill an unarmed guy you have been looking for since 2001. People forget quickly that Osama Bin Laden was a former paid, trained, and armed CIA operative. OBL was never charged with 9-11 + his FBI wanted poster makes no mention of his involvement. 9-11 US Government orchestrated.

  • Torro624

    if water boarding worked, why didn’t we find him sooner??

  • anonymootle

    Should be called Texas Real Talk lol

  • zyeahh

    Translation: Let’s turn thousands of death from war of terrorism as nothing. Let’s just forget about 3000 some victims of 9/11. Let’s abandon all of our allies so they can massacred by its regeonal enemies. Let’s be slavish dog of China and Russia. Let’s become a global outcast.


    The CIA bankrolled OBL to bankrupt the soviet union and now Amerika. Take off the rose colored glasses and see the politicians for who they are, organized criminals. We don’t leave until 2014 so this makes Paul a willing actor in their master plan and he’ll keep repeating himself as usual. Its a distraction tool and hope is the carrot.

  • metlguitar02

    This is what a true American hero and patriot sounds like. Thanks Ron Paul.

  • waterchildtera

    we made a monster in order to defeat our enemy
    but the greed of our elite
    the lies of our government
    we now have become the monster
    we need god back in our house
    for it is now godless

  • MilitiaMackMusic

    Exactly .. if bin laden is really dead . bring those guys home . why are they there ? fighting for what ? oil ?

    Pfft theres young men over there fighting for something they don’t even know the truth of & theres bad americans who are killing innocents,raping women etc

    bring home the good troops,leave the bad behind.

  • 18wheeler76

    come on ron,you know bin laden had nothing to do with 9/11,if i were you i would leave it up to the people to bring up the subject tho,no reason to get yourself killed by the illuminati.but no way bin laden had anything to do with it.

  • daimon7

    I agree!
    Bring them home!

  • feastures

    As if a single person can be the cause. As if 911 was planned by OBL. … I like Ron Paul, but this message sounds like a naive tale tail to me.

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  • theracemixer

    Great point

  • DennyDFW

    Bring me home, Ron!!!

  • jmurphy914

    Since when do we just find and kill fugitives anyway? Wouldn’t it have made more sense to QUESTION bin laddin? Maybe waterboard him? How many people have we tortured to find this man. We had nothing to ask him? Bring the troops home now!

  • jmurphy914

    Wow ron. Well stated!!!

  • JustinBaker2567

    first muwahahahahaaha