Bin Laden Is Dead – Let’s Come Home!

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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.


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    lol this was 4 months ago…. do u think i remember any of this?

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    Because you had a rare and short instance in which you considered Ron Paul’s devotion to liberty and the Constitution, and then snapped out of reality and synced back to your hypnotic trance that the other candidate has planted with manipulation. You were THIS close to understanding the truth with this video, but no, you screwed yourself.

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  12. craig leshinsky

    ron paul please i invite u to new york,washington.pennsylvania to visit all the memorials,gravesites and dedicated sites of rememberences to the victims both living and deceased.maybe you could explain to us all how we r responsible for the attacks. you sanctimonious self centered moron..how dare you. on behalf of all the victims,those who were murdered and those of us still living and suffering and our families. we feel sorry for u

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  16. KhmerD0g

    come home and end the war? that means the military complex will be out of a job? mercenaries will be out of a job. Boeing and Northrop Grumman stocks will crash since no more military hardware to be manufactured. no way. as long was money to be made in war there will be wars #LOL

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  17. avideo4u

    Wrong – their is a reason to keep the war machine cranking – some big corporations are making millions – look at the interest the International bankers are collecting. IF 70% of the American people believe that we should bring our troops home – and they are still there. Would it not be a fair statement to say that this is no longer a government of the people – by the people for the people. But rather a Government controlled by secret men of power, wealth & influence. You will have my vote sir.

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  18. Saanat Vord Igudou

    He’s not dead. Look under the rug.

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  19. Baron Iguanodon Münchhausen

    He’s not dead. Look under the rug.

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  20. Baron Münchhausen

    He’s not dead. Look under the rug.

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