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.


  • Lynn

    I sure wish the people making comments would check their spelling and use of the English language. Makes me worry about the intelligence and education of a lot of the people making these posts. If their posts are any indication of their IQ then Ron is in real trouble, because these people will get lost just trying to find a place to vote. They will probably just give up and go to the local bar and bullshit with the rest of the ignorant jerks in their town.

  • Jeff

    You know, I would start keeping quiet about Bin Laden, there’s going to be more truth’s spilling out and I don’t think Ron should step in the line of fire or the blow-back from this nonsense killing. The reports are changing too much and when that happens, it means they’re covering up some lies. Don’t worry, the public will sooner or later find out, but I don’t want it to smear Ron Paul’s chances of winning the election.

  • StephStance

    Only an Un-American would note vote for Ron Paul.Let’s get him in and STOP the insanity!

  • dudefromtheearth

    Finally somebody who is really about getting the troops home. I couldn’t agree more with your views Mr. Paul. It would be a dream come true to have you as president.

  • Bob

    When was it that the Russians became jewish? I wonder, wonder wonder why???

  • Bob

    How many times will they kill him,
    So long as it suits them,
    From General Franks to Obama,
    To who ever it suits,
    When ever they need a boost Find Bin Laden and kill him again.

  • ICantDecryptTheCode

    If Ron Paul was elected he would be the OLDEST PRESIDENT EVER ELECTED at age 76. lol. That means in just two years he would surpass the age Reagan was in his second term. LOL.

  • Bob

    Another delussional speaking out of his ass. Speaking of blind conspiracies. I suppose that the arab sheiks are jews. Who converted the red chinese? are they also now jewish?


    I will vote for Ron Paul in 2012. God bless America and help us to become the FREE and UNITED nation that we all wish we could be!

  • Mataquaz281

    I will vote for Ron Paul in 2012 eventhough I’m a democrat who voted for Obama 2008.

  • canef3ar

    Eh, Ron Paul would be good for a third choice.

  • bwild61

    What about Newt Gingrich ..

  • happybdayo

    Ron I applaud you, but to say what you say about the Fed (which makes perfect sense) is diluted by any belief that Bin Laden, an old friend of the Bush family was responsible for 911 singularly if at all is an act of folly, what about building 7…no footage of a plane hitting the pentagon?
    Burial at sea?, where are the supposed wife and child, and why has the CFR controlled media stopped talking about it?
    I know you have to tow a line to get general support, but the truth must be told

  • ICantDecryptTheCode

    ron paul, sorry bud but you wont ever be president. Too many voters are turned off by your extremeist supporters and as such you won’t ever get the vote.

  • SA


    • Bob

      Oh my!! The queen of england must be a jewish convert with all her loyal royal family subjects. Anouncing to all that will listen. That the united states people after all are still colonists. Owned by the queen.

  • a4finger

    End the wars, bring the troops home.
    Ron Paul for President 2012!

  • LifetimeOfAdventures

    ron, you are a clueless asshole… shut the fuck up

  • VictoryRepublican

    Ron Paul is a nuts. Comparing Heroin use to “religious liberty” shows how far out in outer space this guy is. His fiscal policies are good, but his positions on same-sex marriage, abortion, drugs, etc., are why he will NEVER EVER get the GOP nomination. That is a fact. However, whoever the GOP nominee is should immediatly announce that they will appoint Ron Paul to Secretary of the Treasury or Chairman of the Fed, so he can put his one good talent to use. That would be a very savvy move

  • Fem2

    Whoever dislike my comment below obviously is out of touch with reality.

    That is, this a world made of countries, so international relations and a foreign policy are a must. But one that works efficiently and respects the basics of being a human.

    The question is why the system is not working. And why so many bullies are spreading through the world. There has to be at least a reason.

    • tj

      the reason is simple…these countries you speak of that are poor are poor because they have always lacked FREEDOM…we, the richest nation on the face of the earth are so because at one point we were FREE…our wealth did not cause their lack of wealth…and taking our wealth will not create wealth for them…

      it is impossible to maintain this FREEDOM by forcing USA to have a foreign policy of interventionism…as Ron Paul has suggested, the best way to spread freedom throughout the world is to be FREE ourselves…in other words, to be an example….

      • Not likely

        No we are the richest due to four hundred plus years of free labor from people who were enslaved in this “free” country… ignorance is bliss.

        • Bob

          Yes you are ignorant. in bliss.

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