Ron Paul on Bin Laden Killing: We Should Protect the Rule of Law

Date: 05/13/2011

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Wolf Blitzer: Osama Bin Laden: did President Obama do the right thing in ordering his death?

Ron Paul: Oh, you know, I actually endorsed that when I voted for this authority in 2001 to go over and deal with the people that orchestrated 9/11. So I actually am on record for that. And you know, it’s not wrong, nobody can defend and say that it’s terrible that he’s dead. But I think the process is what I’m so annoyed about. The fact that we didn’t do the job in 2001, I really think we had the opportunity, we got distracted, we did not keep our eye on the ball. We went into Iraq and fought a useless, unnecessary war, compounding our problem. Then we went into nation building and finally we’re getting caught up with. And I think the process could have been much improved. And I keep thinking about that in the past we have dealt with sovereign nations a little bit differently. When we caught Sheik Mohamed, it was done with the corporation of the Pakistanis. That’s what they resent. So we’ve stirred up a bit of a hornet’s nest there, and yet in the past they have delivered to us many of these criminals and we’ve brought them here, convicted them, executed some of them. And I just think that we should make an effort. But you know, to be a strong…

Wolf Blitzer: Let me interrupt you for a second, Congressman. The White House and the Pentagon make the point that Bin Laden, even though he was unarmed, was resisting when those Navy Seals killed him.

Ron Paul: Yea, you know, and that’s where the problem comes from, because at the beginning there was the great resistance and a firefight and you could say little. But yes, that is the case. But I keep thinking about how we got hold of the real ring leader, and that was Sheik Mohamed. And I think he was the real ring leader, and we have him in prison and we’ve gotten some information from him. But, you know, why should it be automatic that we shouldn’t even talk to people. Think about what happened after World War II. I remember that, I remember the Nuremberg trials. We got the really bad guys that brought on the holocaust and put them on trial and they were executed, and we know they’re dead. But I think they’ve set the stage for the conspiracy people to go forever. When was he killed and what happened and the story keeps changing. I don’t think there’s anything extremely wrong with suggesting that there could have been another way of doing this, and maybe that would have settled a little bit better. But my big beef is really the wasted 10 years, 5000 American lives, a trillion dollars, 10s of thousands American casualties, 100s of thousands of civilian deaths. And we have created a lot of enemies because that’s what the Taliban is all about. They’re organized and they’re motivated by the fact that we’re occupying their land. So if we don’t understand that, and we just keep … like in Pakistan, we both, want to be their allies and we want to help them. We send them money and at the same time we’re bombing them, even today a bomb went off from a drone and killed civilians over there. It doesn’t always just kill somebody that we determine…

Wolf Blitzer: Well, let me ask you this, Congressman. If you’re president of the United States, your military or your intelligence leadership come to you and say, “Mr. President, we know where Anwar al-Awlaki, the American born cleric in Yemen is located, the Al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula leader, or we know where Ayman al-Zawahiri, the No.2 Al-Qaida leader is. And they say we can get these guys, kill him. What would you say?

Ron Paul: I would say, “Where and when and how?” If he’s in Yemen, I don’t think we should violate the sovereignty of Yemen. We should deal with it and we come up with it. I mean, to talk about an American citizen and establish a precedent where you just say, “Well, he’s an American citizen, so we’ll assassinate him”. That is so dangerous as far as I’m concerned. And there are three Americans on the list. And now that is policy now. But we need to wake up to this so you don’t casually drift towards that, because we know there is a very, very bad guy out there. But if you work with the rule of law, an American citizen is supposed to at least have a little bit of his day in court. I realize that they’re bad, and I don’t care about protecting the bad people. I care about protecting American citizens so that they’re never treated this way in court. And we are drifting in that way. When you think about the enforcement of some of our drug laws, our police barging in houses and shooting people that are totally innocent. So I don’t like that idea. I think we should protect the rule of law because we want to protect all Americans, not because we have sympathy for these very bad people.

Wolf Blitzer: If you were president what would you do about Muammar Gaddafi and Libya?

Ron Paul: I’d let them fight it out themselves and stay out of there. Why should we go there and protect the oil interests. We’re not in Syria, we’re in Iraq because there’s oil and there’s interest there. So yea, we’re over in Libya. That’s an internal fight, it’s a civil strife going on. And now it looks like we’ll be helping the rebels and there may be Al-Qaida there. There have been pretty good hints that Al-Qaida’s involved. I just think the principle of non-intervention, minding our own business, no entangling alliance, don’t get involved in these civil wars, that’s what George Bush won on in the year 2000. How quickly we forget. The American people like that message. Of course, when they’re rattled up and they can have a target, they get careless on how things are done because we can build up so much emotions. But no, we shouldn’t be over there. And this is one of the reasons why this country is bankrupt. We spend over a trillion dollars a year maintaining our empire. We’re in too many places and I just think … and you know Obama was elected with the idea that he would end some of these wars, and he’s expanding these wars. And I really dread the fact of what’s going to come out of Pakistan now. We’re going to wake up to the day when there’s going to be a justification for us to invade and occupy Pakistan because they’re going to say, “Oh, today there has been some breakdown and more people have been killed and we’ll have to go in.” And they’ll say, “Well, it’s in our best interest, it’s in national security interest. We have to go in”. And I don’t like that, we don’t need to be occupying another country. We’re flat out broke and we ought to start taking care of our own business.

  • SpookeeTube

    I totally agree with samrtk;)

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  • tbscrazy12

    Protecting the rule of law is far more important that pleasing the emotions of the masses.

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  • Jansper

    why is the video cut off??

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  • waterchildtera

    one question for Dr Paul
    did the twin towers and building 7 fall due to jet fuel and what hit the Pentagon!
    look at the facts and answer
    and we shall see if you are worthy of being the president !
    so far i like what you say !
    but walk it too don’t just talk it !
    anybody who looks sees the truth !
    911 was an inside job!

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  • 633390

    16 million in a week ron paul 2012


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    Skinny nose Binladen, Fat nose Binladen, Guy watching tv Binladen. How about Osama bin elvis! What a crock of crap!

    Ron Paul my President!

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  • DrewBreesMVP9

    Bin Laden is the most wanted man and many times, the U.S. has let him escaped and having so many close calls to bring him down. Also, seems like Ron Paul doesn’t have that knowledge in economics. A degree in MD and didnt graduate from an ivy league? also, a racist history and he has a connection with the KKK? nah, I don’t think he’ll get my vote.

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  • kommon12Cents

    Im voting for him!

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  • Irockman1

    I’m going to try my best to spread Ron Paul’s message for the upcoming election. We need Ron Paul as president. Not only that, but we need to fill congress with people just like him.

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  • savemyplaylist

    what a kook!

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  • samrtk

    Why do Americans not want to support one of the most promising concepts of running a country that was founded in their homeland. If I a Brit can support the concept of the true America, why can’t you guys across the pond who have the power to make it so?

    Support this man, continue building on your country’s foundations that have been abandoned for so long. Vote for Dr. Paul, even if it means changing parties.

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  • TDWPOwns12

    PAUL FOR PREZ 2012!

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  • TheMattswish

    Im jealous Canada doesn’t have a politician like Ron Paul….

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  • iddicted

    can someone explain to me why american citizens are out there getting killed for libya/iraq/afghanistans freedom?? they wouldnt even waist a drop of blood if we were getting attacked

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  • farziran87

    I support Ron Paul, an independent from MASS for RON PAUL!!!!

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  • TH33N71GHT3N3D1

    This is the epitome of an example that all good art and ideas are ahead of their time and will never truly be appreciated for their entire beauty for generations to come.

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  • mjhonsun

    There’s a lot to love about RP but he needs to improve his speaking skills, diction, and overall delivery. I know the ideas he is trying to convey, but when he stops in the middle of one thought and jumps to another, it’s got to be confusing for people who are still trying to figure out what his message is.

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  • ThorkilKowalski

    “I remember the Nuremberg trials” says Ron Paul. Wow!

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  • brown55061

    This man is ten times smarter than any president we’ve had in the last 40 years. Not one of our puppet presidents has had enough brain power to realize we are neglecting our own people and trying to force democracy on the rest of the world at gun point. Let’s hope the American people wake up and put in a real human for president and not someone who offers you promises they can’t deliver.

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  • StrokedGT

    wouldn’t osama be more valuable alive? this is all so strange, how we go in and kill the top prize, they dont let us see him, and they dump him at sea. and the people rejoice, it’s just like a movie

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