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.


  • Visualsilva

    Which bases would you close?…”All of them.”-LMAO….go ron!

  • Visualsilva

    Which bases would you close?…”All of them.”-LMAO….go ron!

  • minigravette1

    dumb bitch doesnt know what shes talking about. gotta love fox news

  • minigravette1

    dumb bitch doesnt know what shes talking about. gotta love fox news

  • doogleandalix

    Do we really need to be the policeman for the planet ? Our arrogance is monumental .Of course, if we had such a decrease in the military , unemployment would go to about 25 % rather than the current 10%. Endless wars have proved to be insanely expensive – in the trillions of $, and no end in sight – no way to ever know if we have ” won” , just as in Vietnam .
    Ron Paul is the only one who can possibly save our pitiful economy but instead we will elect a dolt and face economic collapse.

  • doogleandalix

    Do we really need to be the policeman for the planet ? Our arrogance is monumental .Of course, if we had such a decrease in the military , unemployment would go to about 25 % rather than the current 10%. Endless wars have proved to be insanely expensive – in the trillions of $, and no end in sight – no way to ever know if we have ” won” , just as in Vietnam .
    Ron Paul is the only one who can possibly save our pitiful economy but instead we will elect a dolt and face economic collapse.

  • mercanaries3

    in Fascist America government kill you!

  • ProgressiveInAmerica

    Ron “Muslim” Paul and his son “iran” Paul want America to lose the war on terror so America can be taken over by an Islamofascist Caliphate and to reinstall Jim Crow laws!

    • Ross

      ProgressiveinAmerica should learn how to compose a sentence,then learn how to think.

      • Jim

        ProgressiveInAmerica is just an ignor-anus. I wonder if nimrod’s like him actually believe the nonsense they post.

        When ever he posts anything, I just hear the bleating of a sheep.

  • Sara Wilson

    Beautiful! A reporter who pulled out key questions and was genuinely delighted with the Dr.’s ‘point on’ responses. <3 <3 <3

  • trthstrngrthnfctn

    They all just follow the Status Quo ! so bad the media hates the people too.

  • TheRonLivingstonShow

    Great interview and questions. A beautiful woman like that on the screen with Ron Paul is like heaven.

  • TaoOfOkada

    I find it interesting how Obama supporters hated Bush for all the b.s. he pulled, but now they have nothing to say even though Obama is acting like Bush on steroids. If ppl on both sides would listen to Dr. Paul closely, they would realize that their ideals probably more closely align with his, but they’re too brainwashed to figure it out.

  • ProgressiveInAmerica

    Ron Paul is a troop bashing America hating holocaust denying piece of garbage!

    • Jim

      You know, I believe there are laws against slander. Do you have proof? I have seen some of your other posts on other sites as well.

      Since you are so intelligent, I will rebut your statements at the same intellectual level.

      Sticks and stones may break our bones, but names will never hurt us.

      Since you apparently don’t believe in our constitution, freedom, honesty or truth, when we get our country back, you are welcome TO LEAVE.

      If I was you, I would invent a time machine and go back to Nazi Germany, you would love it there.

    • Ross

      Ron Paul served in the Military for 5 yrs you fool.He is not against the troops or the Military.It is theBanking/Industrial complex that controls our Govt that is the problem.

      Oil will not be cheaper because of fewer Western controllers via Military expansion.You will pay a lot more since there will be no competition.

  • makeshiftbattlefield

    I encourage you guys to check out the Liberty 3VOLution Facebook page! We’re going to post our first web radio cast tonight!

  • hotfudgemoney

    Read Ron Paul’s first book from ’88, he predicted everything that’s happening now.

    • Fem

      what is the title of that first book?

  • getthepoooffmybum

    Still can’t understand why Ron Paul is not soaring in the polls, while neo-con progressive Mitt Romney is. I may just give up on this country if Ron doesn’t get elected.

  • virgociously

    I wonder what causes a president to go against everything he once believed in prior to his election. Must be info he is not privy to until he is president. That’s what we need to find out in order to make knowledgeable decisions of what to do.

  • AngusMcSpuds

    i’m already against the next war.

    i am all for National Defense.

    i am very against International Offense.

  • ou8one2forme


    It’s not nice to mess with the DOD.
    Keep an eye on him folks.. And see what is said as time moves forward. The propaganda machine will be FULL STEAM ahead when someone wants to cut their budget. STILL have NEVER heard what has happened to all the missing money since the pentagon was hit back in 2001.. And then BILLIONS more since then. And just when something is about to be discovered or brought to the light. Another CRISIS happens so the News headlines will run that instead ..

  • Cinemaguy2007

    that Jenna chick is pretty hot! but anyways, Ron Paul 2012! Viva Ron!