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

Date: 05/13/2011

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.

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  • mdwharton2

    What a nutjob. I want a president that will enslave me not this loon

  • SojournerLi

    If hell is the impossibility of reason, then satan must be a psychiatrist

  • Tranceation

    People that call him “wacky” are his political enemies from the Democrats and Republicans because they are scared of what he has to say.

  • ceasey0xoogurl

    I love ron paul…for real!!


  • peloterosoy21

    The people of the Free World & Society Day by day are starting to wake up and realize the real Financially, Collateral and humanitarian suffering on US and Foreign nations. There has to be a more fundamental and peaceful way in addressing the problems that occur today in the world. “Going to War” should absolutetly be the last resort for a Nation to “Declare War against Another Nation”. The consequences are debastating and unimaginable.

    Let’s End this Wars;” All Troops Come Home”

  • soweyesee

    you have to be registered as a republican voter to vote in primary for ron paul.

  • ProgressiveInAmerica

    Ron Paul was able to slip awaay when we Raided Obanga BIn Laden’s cave. Ron Paul even clubbed a few baby seals on the way out.

  • ju88ff

    “I think they set the stage for the conspiracy people to go forever… You know when was he killed, what happened, and the story keeps changing…”

  • purplehaze216

    if he isn’t elected, i say WE REVOLT

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  • sarobinson56

    That’s a great looking suit Doc Paul has on…..he looks presidential, don’t you think?

    (and we all know this is a popularity contest, don’t we?)

    Go Ron!

  • JamesRideout123

    Lol why should we protect the oil interests lol? Awesome!

  • ryanshaunkelly

    ZNN vs NadePaulKuciGravMcKi

  • trooth76

    I can not find fault with his positions. At first I was glad we killed Bin Laden. After listening to Paul though, we were wrong. The Nazi’s were captured, given trials, and punished accordingly. Saddam Hussein was allowed to stand trail and he was hung accordingly. The US is not supposed to do what we did to Bin Laden. I know it is a sticking point with the Republicans, against him.. He is right. Review the US history of nation building in the last 60 years. It never works and costs us.

  • TheStarryboy

    i canot wait for him to get the nomination in 2012 and then whack obama like a 2 dollar hooker in the debate..

  • xsithos

    Yeah! I will vote for you!

  • zardcat1111

    Revolutions are meant to be fought between it’s people and the gov’t. Countries who don’t think they have a chance against the gov’t (talking about Libya) due to lack of planning, shouldn’t be trying to overthrow their gov’t. The film “Valkyrie” is a perfect example of the dos and don’ts of overthrowing a gov’t. Libya rebels are getting their asses handed to them because they all picked up a gun one day and started shooting without thinking. And then people wanted U.S to get involved?

  • zardcat1111

    People didn’t gives two craps about Paul in 2008 because Dems still had a solid record with Clinton. Obama changed that. Paul is another option people will consider, sure, he is in the same party George W. is, but we all know he doesn’t follow typical Republican “values”

  • SumerianInspired

    I think i now know why some people hate Ron Paul…and its cause they love being taken care of by there government and love being told what to do, there indecisive in life and need constant attention