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.

  • RJWooller

    We did get distracted and go to Iraq. RON Paul 2012


  • oblivionsnightmare

    I’m an anarchist and do not vote, but I would gladly let ppl label me a hypocrit and vote for Ron Paul because he’s the rare mythical being known as “Honest Politician.”

  • TheTopBloke

    Mr. Paul, if you genuinely desire to defend the rule of law, then you should not be a Republican. Mr. Paul, you’re just a whore and you know it.

  • wizeguiz

    Ron Paul has my vote in 2012!

  • bowzer11121

    It’s enraging that stupid people impose their will upon humanity, and the intelligent are laughed off as fools. Thank you Ron Paul, your courage is admirable.

  • nicoSF5

    I love the video clip in the center (left of Ron Paul) about how the Seals performed the operation. If that’s the way they went in to “kill” Bin Laden…my family and I are laughing our asses off. This whole news cast is a combination of a football game broadcast and a military themed video games. The media is such BULLSHIT. It presents NO reality.

  • Im with you

  • linagee

    When you go after every “bad person” in the world, all you do is move their successors into their position. I say that Ron Paul is a wake up this country needs. Yes we have to worry about global nuclear problems and such, but going to other countries and killing people just because they are bad? No. That is what extradition is for.

  • StopTheMorons

    What a stark contrast it is when you can have a dummy like George W. Bush can make President, but not this man? The people of this country had better wake up yesterday!

  • i8hy6e3

    even if the most people in here are all bad and bullies, I see there is the country which the justice wins. in my country, the rich and strong people hide everything and very silent and secret(I live in south korea. even if you murder teenage in here, you send 5~15 years in jail and if you were young and have money, you spend only 3~6 years in jail. this is just psycho country.)

    but there is the justice !!!! for the everyone’s peace !!!!!!!!!

  • 0bamasmama

    Give me ron or give me death!! 2012

  • ballinx30

    i’m voting for the first time just because i believe in ron paul. hopefully he has a stronger campaign then obama

  • TOweDoubledD

    I played that level on SOCOM as well and if you watch the Osama’s you can actually see them morph and the lifesize of Gadafi. Sorry it’s been 3 years since I watched this cable crap and I am impressed. Guess the oldest tricks are the best.

  • CentrlFlagrl

    “If Tyranny & Oppression come to this land, it will be in the guise of fighting a foreign enemy.” James Madison

  • proaudiohd

    The idea of America is truly wonderful. However, our foreign policy has become EVIL. It is basically this: “We are taking your oil now, and if you oppose us, we will murder you in the night” We call it defeating terrorists, but really we are killing people to take what they have – OIL. We make villians out of suicide bombers, yet at the same time we are bombing more than anyone. Just because our bombs cost a million dollars doesnt make them less evil. We have lost our way.

  • GetOutMyBidness

    How can anyone not see that Ron Paul is our only chance to revive the United States of America?

  • MrChiptatum


  • ZombieX13

    Ron Paul is screwed. They’ll Northwoods his ass if e refuses to comply with the war mongering to discredit and damage him. Maybe even assassinate him.

  • urdisturbing

    Ron Paul is just one more Koch whore raping America. He’s propagating the myths that poverty is always a result of immorality, that corporate interests are always congruent with those of America at large, and that the only reason capitalism never works is it is never capitalistic enough.

  • LordKaisen

    Paul won me until he started talking about isolationism. The only thing I know won’t work.