Ron Paul: Offensive War Is Un-American! Close All U.S. Military Bases around the World!


Fox News: Well, America’s Asking, and you guys are all over our chat today. We’re putting your questions to the Presidential candidates including—starting with a question about national debt. Today the headline is this: A new report from the Congressional Budget Office has some very sobering news for really every single one of us, including projections that government spending, as a share of our economy will increase by nearly 70% by 2035. Historically it’s around 20%. That’s a big jump. Republican Congressman and Presidential Candidate Ron Paul (R-TX) is joining us to take some of your questions. Congressman, let’s start off with the headline, though, and get your thoughts on this. If you were elected President, what is the #1 thing you would do to help fix the economy?

Ron Paul: Well, the #1 thing that I can do, without going through the congressional process, as the President—the President has the authority over foreign policy more than anything else. So indirectly he can help the economy by bringing our troops home and stop spending some of this money that we spend maintaining our empire. And that would be a big help. But if you are talking “directly with the economy,” you have to address monetary policy and tax policy and spending policy. We have to change the attitude of the People on what they believe the government should be doing. We cannot run the programs that we have today, believing that the government can take care of us from cradle to grave, the welfare state; nor can we endorse the principle of the warfare state where we have endless wars. Until we look at those major problems, you can’t really improve the economy.

Fox News: All right, so I’ll take the welfare state and then the warfare state, and we have good questions on both. Let’s start with the welfare state. Keith Baldwin had this question on our chat. He said, “Dr. Paul, you come off to many as radical, and therefore can get marginalized. How do you plan to address Social Security and Medicare without scaring off voters?”

Ron Paul: Well, in a very practical way, I’ve never voted to spend one penny out of Medicare or Medicaid, because I don’t vote for the appropriation bills. So if we are going to pretend and try to make these programs solvent, you cannot spend any of that money in the general revenue. And I also have bills that would make it illegal to do that. And the other part of the program—though I don’t believe in the entitlement system, I do believe in priorities. So saving hundreds of billions of dollars from overseas and the Department of Education and the Department of Energy and many other things; you can cut in those areas and tide the People over, whether it’s their medical benefits or Social Security, because there is no money there! And I believe there is a transition, but unfortunately, you can’t get a consensus, because some who care about fiscal conservatism don’t believe that should apply to the militarism around the world. But it is conceivable, if you can get the People to endorse these ideas and force Congress into doing it.

Fox News: But let’s talk a little bit about that, because you’re talking about shifting, as you mentioned, some funds here, and you mentioned the overseas factor. Sean on twitter was talking to me a little bit about this interview with you, and he said he wanted to ask you about—beyond Afghanistan, what’s your stance about closing or maintaining military bases around the world? Are there particular areas that you specifically already know that you’d like to close the bases that we have.

Ron Paul: Yeah. All of them. Just come home.

Fox News: All of them?

Ron Paul: Yeah. Why are we in Korea? We’ve been there since I’ve been in high school. Why are we in Japan? We’ve been there since World War II. Why are we in Germany, subsidizing their welfare state by paying for their defense by staying in Germany? And why are we in five wars in the Middle East? We’d be much better off. We are less safe because of this. We’re going broke. And it undermines our national security. So why stay any of those places? There’s no economic or military advantage for us to be so involved, trying to make other people live the way we do. If we have—

Fox News: Well, yeah, but some would say, Congressman, that there’s a difference in being defensive or being offensive, when it comes to protecting our country. Some believe that we can more defensive, and when there’s a threat we can defend against it. Others believe that we should be offensive, which is part of the reason why there are some military bases overseas, so that we’re “leading” in those areas.

Ron Paul: Right!

Fox News: Why do you believe that that’s not the way to go?

Ron Paul: Because that’s the way dictators work. To say it casually that we should consider being offensive, that’s what dictators do. This whole idea that was encapsulated with the last administration that “we endorse preventive war, pre-emptive war; we go to war to prevent somebody from attacking us,” that is endless war—and for casual reasons, without declaration. I think that is so dangerous. We should have a defense; we should defend our country. But when you talk about bases because we might need an offensive war, I consider that absolutely un-American.

Fox News: On the issue of past administration and the current administration, we have a comment coming from G.C., and he would like to know: If you could debate the President on any topic, what would it be and why?

Ron Paul: Well, there are too many good ones. But I would start with foreign policy: Why did he say he would start bringing troops home, and instead immediately increased our troops? So foreign policy overall. He’s—both administrations were very much the same, so I would challenge him on that. But how could I avoid wanting to challenge him on monetary policy, printing money—when we need money, just print it?—deficits, running up deficits, the whole economic program is so outlandish that it’s led to this deficit crisis. And unless we deal with that, nothing is going to happen; things are just going to get that much worse. So whether it’s economic policy or foreign policy, it’s all the same. It’s the size of government. Why not shrink the size of government and follow our Constitution?

Fox News: Congressman, you’re giving this another shot, this run for President. There are, of course, folks that are already in the race and potential candidates, such as the governor of your state of Texas here. Curious: who do you view as your greatest competition, and why do you believe this time is the time for you to jump into this race again?

Ron Paul: Well, the country has moved in my direction, because I’ve been talking about these things for a lot of years. And the financial bubble that so many of us worried about did collapse, and now we’re going to move into inflation and a monetary crisis. All these events, people are sick and tired of the groping at airports and endless wars. So everything is moving in the direction of protecting our civil liberties. Now, as far as who do I see as the greatest threat, I put them all in one category. I think they all fit in the category of promoting the status quo. They don’t challenge the foreign policy; they don’t challenge the Federal Reserve system; they don’t really challenge the deficit. If they did, and they cared, we wouldn’t have these kind of deficits. So I would say there’s no one individual that I sense as my #1 challenger. I think they’re lumped together, and for my benefit they’re all going to divide the Establishment vote up, and we’ll do quite well.

Fox News: Well, I’m sure they have their thoughts about that, as well, and that’s why we’re inviting all of them to come on with the Town Hall. Real quick, there’s a rumor on our chat that you could be tapping Judge Naplitano of Fox News as your Vice Presidential candidate. Is there any truth to that?

Ron Paul: Well, not so, because that’d have to be a little bit premature. But I do have to admit, somebody caught me off-guard and said, “What kind of people—who would you ever suggest to work with you and run as a Vice President candidate?” And I really admire Judge Napolitano, so I mentioned him. But I didn’t even confide in him, which is probably illegal or something: You don’t promise jobs. But I think he would good in any administration; I think he’d be grand on the Supreme Court

Fox News: I had no—John, did you know Congressman Paul was such a fan of Judge Napolitano? I had no idea! [To Ron Paul]: Well, you learn something new everyday, Congressman. We’ll pass that along. I’m sure he’ll be interested to hear that, and we appreciate you joining us on the chat, and our viewers do, as well. I’ll look forward to having back, sir. Thank you.


  • wellingtonian

    “Thats what dictators do” absolutely priceless.
    Mess with the bull, you get the horns.

  • PeoplePower

    We have 2 choices we can fight endless wars destroying the planet, Or solve our differences peacefully.

    In my opinion there needs to be a zero tolerence on wars & violence. Maybe making amendments to the mental health bill, because it basically is crazy to go around killing each other & stealing from others.

    I will say this if any world leader Obama ect wants to fight a war, go & fight it yourself the rest of us have better things to do.

    Go Ron Paul 🙂

    • Ross

      Totally agree Peoplepower.Slowly some of Congress are understanding Ron Paul’s logic and are trying to walk both sides of the divide.

      The war mongering pyschopaths have entrapped themselves, so let them realise their own profanities.

  • gunnarMyTube

    He becomes outspoken at 2:54
    Yeah close down the whole lot.
    Imperialistic and world ruler ambitions costs money.
    An issue could be maintaining a power balance with regards to
    say Russia, China and North Korea while bringing the troops home.
    But you never run into trouble when you say what you want upfront.

  • ICantDecryptTheCode

    Hahaha Ron Paul can definitely not get elected now.

    The entire military is against him.
    The entire CIA/FBI/Homeland Security is against him.
    The Federal Reserve and Wall Street is against him.
    The insurance companies are against him.
    Old people on medicare are against him.

    Good luck libtards, and too think I was worried there for a second.


    Such a JOKE.
    no chance of winning.

    • Ross

      You seem intent on self destruction.Kindly do it alone.

    • Stefan C. Kosikowski

      The entire military is against him.
      The entire CIA/FBI/Homeland Security is against him.
      The Federal Reserve and Wall Street is against him.
      The insurance companies are against him.


      Here is another perspective on the whole argument:

      The entire military is against the American People.
      The entire CIA/FBI/Homeland Security is against the American People.
      The Federal Reserve and Wall Street is against the American People.
      The insurance companies are against the American People..
      And when the American People fully realize all these domestic enemies of the Constitution, Ron Paul will be elected President of the United States!

      • Sandra Bell

        He just lost a huge block of voters. Libertarians like us who are disgusted with his budget plan that focused on Planned Parenthood and not the big budget issues. I want government out of my body, and he stuck himself right up in there. I was a huge supporter until now. Still hoping he backtracks in next couple of days or we’re gone for good.

        • Jim

          Explain WHICH budget plan supposedly focused so much on planned parenthood.

          I have watched and read lots of stuff about him, and I am at a quandary trying to figure out what you are referring to.

          He touches on many different subjects, some have more priority than others. Please enlighten me on which specific budget plan you are referring to.

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  • ghaidd1


    Kick Palin’s ass!

  • ghaidd1


    Kick Palin’s ass!

  • richrdroma

    Ron Paul has a big point that not a lot of people realize, especially europeans. The US is subsidizing the european welfare states, and have been doing that for many decades by paying for the european defence.

  • richrdroma

    Ron Paul has a big point that not a lot of people realize, especially europeans. The US is subsidizing the european welfare states, and have been doing that for many decades by paying for the european defence.

  • SataiWarp

    she’s hot… and sooo clueless :]

  • SataiWarp

    she’s hot… and sooo clueless :]

  • anonymootle

    She has vampire fangs… they’re kinda hot >_>

  • anonymootle

    She has vampire fangs… they’re kinda hot >_>

  • StopTheMorons

    Preemptive war is against the eminent rule of law which is innocent before guilty.

  • StopTheMorons

    Preemptive war is against the eminent rule of law which is innocent before guilty.

  • adamhaye

    Moving those troops home would not harm our allies. What it would do is stop the propping up of our allies by essentially paying for their defense. Someone mentioned to me recently how “In Europe those countries have an easier life, they work less….etc”. I also mentioned how that’s possible by our subsidizing of their defense. We are still allies with these countries, if attacked we go fight with them and win, but then we come back home. There’s no reason to have standing armies there.

  • Jim

    Anybody that thinks the current path we are on, the globalist plan, is the right one, needs to look at this.

    Bear in mind, there are currently approx 6 billion people in the world now. Pay particular attention to the first rule.

    Do the math. Will you be one of the approx 5 percent that get to live?

  • sos

    I am (was) a progressive democrat and need to express my sincere gratitude as an American citizen to Congressman Dr. Ron Paul. Thank you so much for standing strong and making your cases heard.
    Congratulations on the recent progress you have made getting your messages out.
    There are people across party lines that have a great deal of respect for you and are looking forward to voting for you. This will be the first time in my life that I will not be voting on the D ticket. Although the “alternative” media progressives still express my concerns… the “public” airwaves are filled with democrat and progressive voices that do not. They are starting to try… almost in panic mode… in some kind of frantic reaction to the President’s poll numbers… making a case too little … too late… to seem sincere and believable. Howard Dean stated recently that there will no way be a challenger or a primary on the D side. That means in reality that the platform condones the policies that are the same and even worse than the George W. Bush policies. Bill Clinton did more damage to our cherished unions in this country than any other single president. NAFTA was shoved down our throats. Progressives told us to vote for him TWICE… the private sector unions have lost their power and they owe most of that fault to BILL CLINTON. The progressives didn’t fight and our union supporters were duped. And now we have President Obama who has shown us who he is.. millions of us have been crushed emotionally and financially. We are watching the moral corruption of our country. The most painful thing to watch is the careless orders to kill other human beings with barely any news coverage. It is absolutely sickening. We are watching our heros being sent on missions again and again and again and again. I watched with hurt for my country when I saw Hillary Clinton on a Sunday morning talk show speak about innocent civilians… she quickly corrected herself to say …” I mean- collateral damage”. This is the type of mindset that has been carelessly created and repeated over and over to our citizens by talking heads from both sides of the isle. I think about the wars every day as I observe this inhumane mindset.
    Much of the time you are a lone voice in the woods about our corrupt banking problem. We have criminals running free with billions of looted dollars of power in their hands to literally purchase more power. You are the only one that brings attention to our horrific prison crisis… the list goes on. The more I research you… the more I admire. Thank you to all of your supporters who kept your messages alive all these years. I am finally hearing it and I hope others are too… on BOTH sides of the isle!

  • BanjonotBenjo

    He’s on a roll! Go Ron Go!

  • 1962roadking

    How refreshing is Ron Paul?
    Straight talking, uncomplicated and never dodges a question.
    Top marks sir!
    We need politicians like you here in Australia, if you dont get the job in the States come on down under.