Ron Paul’s Foreign Policy: Peace & Respect – Not Intimidation, Bribes & War




Ron Paul: The Soviet Union detonated its first nuclear bomb on August 29, 1949, leading to the doctrine of Mutually Assured Destruction, shared by both the USA and the Soviets. The unwritten agreement by the two super powers deterred nuclear war with an implied threat to blow up the world, if need be, to defend each of their interests.

I well remember the Cuban missile crises of October 1962, having been drafted into the military at that time. Mutually Assured Destruction had significant meaning to the whole world during this period. This crisis, along with the escalating ill-advised Vietnam War, made me very much aware of the problems the world faced during the five years I served as a USAF flight surgeon.

It was with great pleasure and hope that I observed the collapse of the Soviet Empire between 1989 and 1991. This breakup verified the early predictions by the free market economists, like Ludwig Von Mises, that communism would self-destruct because of the deeply flawed economic theories embedded in socialism. Our nukes were never needed because ideas are more powerful than the Weapons of War.

Many Americans at the time were boldly hopeful that we would benefit from a generous peace dividend. Sadly, it turned out to be a wonderful opportunity wasted. There was to be no “beating their swords into plowshares,” even though history shows that without weapons and war there’s more food and prosperity for the people. Unfortunately, our leaders decided on another course that served the special interests who benefit from constant wars and the arbitrary rearrangement of national borders for control of national resources.

Instead of a peace dividend from ending the policy of Mutually Assured Destruction, US leaders opted for a foreign policy of American world domination as its sole super power. It was all in the spirit of Woodrow Wilson’s idealistic goal of “making the world safe for democracy” by pursuing a war to end all wars.

The mantra became that American exceptionalism morally required us to spread our dominance world-wide by force. US world dominance, by whatever means, became our new bipartisan foreign policy. There was to be no peace dividend, though our enemies were virtually non-existent.

In many ways America had been “exceptional” but in an opposite manner from the neo-con driven foreign policy of the last 20 years. If America indeed has something good to offer the cause of peace, prosperity, and liberty it must be spread through persuasion and by example; not by intimidation, bribes and war.

Maintaining world domination is based on an intellectually and financially bankrupt idea that generates dependency, war, loss of civil liberties, inflation and debt, all of which contribute to our economic crisis.

Saddest of all, this policy of American domination and exceptionalism has allowed us to become an aggressor nation, supporting pre-emptive war, covert destabilization, foreign occupations, nation building, torture and assassinations. This policy has generated hatred toward Americans and provides the incentive for almost all of the suicide attacks against us and our allies.

To continue to believe the fiction that the militants hate us for our freedoms and wealth may even result in more attacks against us — that is, unless our national bankruptcy brings us to our knees and forces us to bring our troops home.

Expanding our foreign military intervention overseas as a cure for the attacks against us, tragically, only guarantees even more attacks. We must someday wake up, be honest with ourselves, and reject the notion that we’re spreading freedom and America’s goodness around the world. We cannot justify our policy by claiming our mission is to secure American freedoms and protect our Constitution. That is not believable. This policy is doomed to fail on all fronts.

The policy of Mutually Assured Destruction has been gone now for 20 years, and that is good.

The policy of American domination of the world, as nation builder-in-chief and policeman of the world, has failed and must be abandoned—if not as a moral imperative, then certainly out of economic necessity.

My humble suggestion is to replace it with a policy of Mutually Assured Respect. This requires no money and no weapons industry, or other special interests demanding huge war profits or other advantages.

This requires simply tolerance of others cultures and their social and religious values, and the giving up of all use of force to occupy or control other countries and their national resources. Many who disagree choose to grossly distort the basic principles shared by the world’s great religions: the Golden Rule, the Ten Commandments, and the cause of peace. Religions all too often are distorted and used to justify the violence engaged in for arbitrary power.

A policy of Mutually Assured Respect would result in the U.S.:

  • Treating other nations exactly as we expect others to treat us.
  • Offering friendship with all who seek it.
  • Participating in trade with all who are willing.
  • Refusing to threaten, bribe or occupy any other nation.

Seeking an honest system of commodity money that no single country can manipulate for a trade advantage. Without this, currency manipulation becomes a tool of protectionism and prompts retaliation with tariffs and various regulations. This policy, when it persists, is dangerous and frequently leads to real wars.

Mutually Assured Respect offers a policy of respect, trade and friendship and rejects threats, sanctions and occupations.

This is the only practical way to promote peace, harmony and economic well-being to the maximum number of people in the world.

Mutually Assured Respect may not be perfect but far better than Mutually Assured Destruction or unilateral American dominance.

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  1. Why does this have only 303 views?
    youtube blocking ron pual again?

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  2. american's revolution starts when Ron isn't elected, is Ron related to the queen of engand ? I would love to know,google won't tell me.

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  3. This man could change the world

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  4. @ Ron Paul & The Campaign:
    The most common (and persuasive among Americans) objections against this foreign policy is based on the idea that Iran/The Muslim Community/etc.. pose a legitimate and immediate danger to the U.S.

    Therefore, I think it would be wise for Ron Paul & the Campaign to emphasize the proper reasons and means of going to war. In other words, stress that IF these countries pose such an obvious threat, then Congress needs to be persuaded of it and needs to pass a declaration of War. And IF there was enough ample evidence of them being such an immediate threat, that Congress was persuaded to Declare War, then Ron Paul as President would also likely be persuaded by the same evidence.
    They are all afraid that there is a legitimate threat. I think the Campaign can kill two birds with one stone by basically saying "fine, then let us take it to Congress and investigate the threat!"
    This shows that Ron Paul is NOT afraid of going to war against an actual immediate threat (which is the portrait often painted of him), and it shows that the whole issue belongs to Congress in the first place. It would also challenge people to rethink the validity of their fears.

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    • I know someone who is a staunch supporter of a nuclear attack on Iran and it has little to do with the fear of an iranian bomb, it's purely animal. He just think that he will sit down with his popcorn and watch the show, that nothing will happen after and the whole world will love the USA.

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  5. WTH?! ONLY 303 VIEWS BUT 655 LIKES/4 DISLIKES??

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  6. I SWEAR TO GOD ,EVERYDAY I LOSE MORE RESPECT AND HOPE FOR MOST OF THE AMERICAN SHEEPLE! THE TEA PARTY DEBATE WAS A FINE EXAMPLE OF WHAT IM SAYING. DR. PAUL SPELLS OUT THE TRUTH ABOUT 911(TERRORIST WORDS NOT HIS) AND THE IDIOTS BOO HIM! THEY JUST DONT WANT TO HEAR THE TRUTH,THEY LOVE TO BE LIED TO AND DECEIVED AND AS LONG AS SOMEONE TELLS THEM WHAT THEY WANT TO HEAR,THEY WILL FOLLOW THAT PERSON TO THE ENDS OF THE EARTH AND THE TRUTH BE DAMNED..........IM 49YRS OLD AND HAVE NEVER VOTED...HAVE NEVER LIKED ANY OF THE CROOKS IN THE RUNNING BUT 2012 WILL BE DIFFERENT AND I WILL BE CASTING MY VOTE FOR RON PAUL..........SHEEPLE BE DAMNED!

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  7. ICantDecryptTheCode

    This video is awful, it reminds me of one of those videos a high school history teacher would pop in because he was too tired to teach that day.

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  8. ICantDecryptTheCode

    LOL ron paul was drafted into the army but must have thought that being a private was too good for him.

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  9. How can anyone not back this policy?

    I hope America stops drinking the medias Koolaid .

    Ron , I would take a bullet for you dude .

    Thank you so much !

    ~R~

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  10. ICantDecryptTheCode

    show me a church that pay my 500,000 dollar medical bills and I'll show you an honest ron paul fan.

    oh wait you can't.

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    • Your medical bills wouldn't BE $500,000 in a libertarian society or anything close to that. The costs are so high because bureacracy is expensive, and because of many that don't pay. The cost of medical care in a free society would be a drop in the bucket compared to what we have. And yes, church health centers would be available in such a society for anyone that couldn't afford even that.

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  11. ICantDecryptTheCode

    show me a church that pay my 500,000 dollar medical bills and I'll show you an honest ron paul fan.

    oh wait you can't.

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  12. Dear fellow American if you can`t feel this man word deep in hart & mind , if U disagree with him , please just honesty compare what he is saying about the foreign policy with Iraq war & ABUGRAIB PRISON . Dr.Paul thanks so much for you humanity , you deserve respect from every honest individual in the world . GOD BLESS U 7 PROTECT U .

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  13. Dear fellow American if you can`t feel this man word deep in hart & mind , if U disagree with him , please just honesty compare what he is saying about the foreign policy with Iraq war & ABUGRAIB PRISON . Dr.Paul thanks so much for you humanity , you deserve respect from every honest individual in the world . GOD BLESS U 7 PROTECT U .

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  14. How could I get involved in the Ron Paul campaign?

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  15. How could I get involved in the Ron Paul campaign?

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    • Talk to people you know. Sign up for the meetups near you. Its a grassroots movement and is riding on the wave of the common people's demand for a return to liberty. We finally have our candidate! I have never voted, but I will be there in 2012 for Ron Paul. Here is a politician I can get behind. His support is more than double what it was four years ago. I just bought a t-shirt and that helps engage people in conversation. The mainstream media are suddenly forced to show respect because of the people. I just heard a newsman declare that Ron Paul's support is the deepest he has seen for any candidate of any party in several decades. He compared it to Bobby Kennedy before he was assassinated. I have never been proud of this country, but I will be a true American patriot if RP is elected. He's been in the trenches for 40 years, immoveable. This released statement is incredible. Its exactly what I was hoping he would do: a powerful response to the allegations against him at the tea party debate. We are behind you, Ron. The Revolution is here.

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  16. How can you not listen to this speech and say "yes doctor". Holy smokes, Dr. Ron is dead serious without compromise.

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  17. How can you not listen to this speech and say "yes doctor". Holy smokes, Dr. Ron is dead serious without compromise.

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  18. AustralianAllTheWay

    This guy really needs to get elected.
    Otherwise it's game over for the USA.

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  19. AustralianAllTheWay

    This guy really needs to get elected.
    Otherwise it's game over for the USA.

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  20. Brilliant presentation, Dr. Paul!

    You have clearly presented wise basic principles of human co-existence known for millennia, rooted in the Bible and common sense. I wonder why, why so many Americans still cannot understand that those principles are the ONLY way out of the trap we are in? The country headed for a CRASH:

    http://finance.yahoo.com/blogs/daily-ticker/headed-crash-says-seer-gerald-celente-keep-buying-171112408.html

    Kids, want keep playing arrogant "American exceptionalism" games? Are those Americans suicidal or simply stupid???

    God, help them to understand while it is not too late... RON PAUL is the ONLY choice for 2012!!!

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