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.



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  1. Ron is not yet powerful enough to defeat lord obama

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  2. Ron is not yet powerful enough to defeat lord obama

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  3. Ron is not yet powerful enough to defeat lord obama

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  4. Ron is not yet powerful enough to defeat lord obama

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  5. Ron is not yet powerful enough to defeat lord obama

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  6. only real person running

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  7. only real person running

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  8. □ First they ignore you (Pre-2007)

    □ Then they laugh at you (2007-2008)

    □ Then they fight you (2008-2011)

    □ Now Ron Paul`s idea`s has become Mainstream & the ''Establishment'' does not like this.

    □ Wake up America! When the Mainstream Media is lying or trying to belittle a policitical figure, the majority of the time they are up to no good!

    □ AGAIN WAKE UP AMERICA! SAVE US FROM THE GLOBALIST BANKER`S THAT HAS HIJACKED US SINCE 1913! (Fed Reserve)

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  9. □ First they ignore you (Pre-2007)

    □ Then they laugh at you (2007-2008)

    □ Then they fight you (2008-2011)

    □ Now Ron Paul`s idea`s has become Mainstream & the ''Establishment'' does not like this.

    □ Wake up America! When the Mainstream Media is lying or trying to belittle a policitical figure, the majority of the time they are up to no good!

    □ AGAIN WAKE UP AMERICA! SAVE US FROM THE GLOBALIST BANKER`S THAT HAS HIJACKED US SINCE 1913! (Fed Reserve)

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  10. □ First they ignore you (Pre-2007)

    □ Then they laugh at you (2007-2008)

    □ Then they fight you (2008-2011)

    □ Now Ron Paul`s idea`s has become Mainstream & the ''Establishment'' does not like this.

    □ Wake up America! When the Mainstream Media is lying or trying to belittle a policitical figure, the majority of the time they are up to no good!

    □ AGAIN WAKE UP AMERICA! SAVE US FROM THE GLOBALIST BANKER`S THAT HAS HIJACKED US SINCE 1913! (Fed Reserve)

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  11. Don't say that - we still have freedom of thought and freedom of expression. Labeling someone as "Un- american" because they do not believe a certain way smacks of totalitarianism. If we expect our opinions to be respected, we must respect the rights of others to have their own opinion.

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  12. I've been a liberal all my life and a strong supporter of the Democratic Party but I have to admit, this man makes alot of sense.

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  13. I've been a liberal all my life and a strong supporter of the Democratic Party but I have to admit, this man makes alot of sense.

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  14. Tha is exactly what I posted when I first heard the news. "OK he's dead. Now let's bring our soldiers home!" Ron Paul 2012!

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  15. And Abraham was 99 when God told him he would have a son. What's the big deal with the age? He sure doesn't act like he's half dead. Why not use someone's wisdom and experience rather than electing some young slick politiician. I am so sick of the machines!

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  16. Amen Ron Paul!!
    We unfortunately lost 3,000 + honest/good people on the horrific day of 9/11, however, we've lost that much more through the 10+ years of war. For no good reason, with no real evidence.

    Bring our troops back, unite the families that have been waiting patiently and start chipping away at our ridiculous deficit.

    God Bless our troops for all they've done!

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  17. I am going to buy signs, talk to neighbors and support Ron Paul in every way that I can. Let's do it! This is his year!!

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  18. Let's start by getting out of Europe. The American taxpayer has borne the national defense bill for Western Europe since WWII. It's time for them to stand on their own. --of course their own socialist economies probably couldn't pay for an army.

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  19. Only republican I could ever see my self voting for lol.

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  20. how does ron paul propose that we pull out of iraq and afghanistan and other countries we are policing around the world? sudden removal of troops would leave a major power vacuum in most of these nations. how does ron paul plan on reducing unnecessary spending in many of bueracracy (however its spelled to lazy to look up) agencies that waste a lot of tax payer dollars on useless studies, new equipment year after year, and other forms of wasted tax dollars. how does he propose reducing national debt which is a major factor in wether a government is on firm ground or have the ground fall out from underneath them. (too large debt for me to hope for it to be quickly paid off). how does he plan on reducing over 50 years of federal government power assumption and power grabbing? does he plan on revoking the health care bill of obama (insurance of any type is business and not a governments realm of control). what is his stance on government to business ethics? it ticks me off knowing that obama has google employes /ex-employees in tech positions for the government. that allows google to have a very big edge over all other tech companies to point of creating a virtual monopoly. also on this does he feel it is ok for government or government backed agencies to monitor citizens? i have many more questions but as this is getting long i will stop for now.

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