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.


  • MicheleVenters
  • BrokenSentence

    I’m writing your name on the ballot if they try to exclude you from the elections. Thank You Dr. Paul. You are our real leader.

  • MsDowntowns
  • greensoccerballz

    M.A.R. will not work with even with our allies. For instance, South Korea does not respect America even though tens of thousands of Americans died protecting the country. South Korea still continues to try to take American jobs and copy American items. In some cases the American companies have been put out of business after South Korea learned how to copy American items. Currently Apple is suing a Korean company to stop it from selling a copy of the Apple iPad.

  • har17

    I hope he wins but most likely he will not. Win or loss at least he will educate those who are willing to listen.

  • glendeco

    If this doesn’t cast a light on all the roaches that run this country… I mean fuck!

  • uncleezra1

    Think on this:
    It’s November 7 2012 and Ron Paul sets a political precedent by being the first president to ever be voted in as a write-in vote. Established politicians don’t want him running because of the sense he makes; It would be the end of their careers. But, the people still run this country whether they like it or not. Our voice heard through a write-in vote. Think about it.

  • ProgressiveInAmerica

    Ron Paul is a liberal pussy coward who wants to blame America and appease terrorists. He is a RINO and a joke.

  • LibertarianBrit

    Ron Paul is a great man.
    He didn’t create these ideas of the founding fathers.
    Nor did he create the school of Austrian economics.
    Nor was he the first to openly speak out for liberty.

    However, no man has done more to change the course of American politics in the last decade, and to cause a revolution of thought among ordinary citizens of America, in a time of apathy and indifference to the powers that be in Washington.
    He’ll be remembered long after his death regardless of his nomination.

  • iTellYouNoLie

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  • MrDcote2

    How can anyone with an IQ of 80 or more not agree with this?

  • 09051961butts

    America has the OBAMA BLUES!!!!!!!!!
    VOTE RON PAUL 2012



  • Mrcastleskeep

    He’s going to be in my town on Tues. I can’t wait to see him speak!

  • Stephie49601

    It’s hard to agree with Ron on this one, but us being there is just making the threat more angry and more likely to do more harm. Giving them peace and leaving would bring the threats numbers down. That and, ignorance just leeds to arrogance. We the people don’t know everything that happens over there. Our minds are filled with war propaganda.

  • MrDanielBowman74

    Sit and wait for next Pearl Harbor? Or punish a dictator who challenges you, insert your forces right between two main threats of peace Syria and Iran and fight the extremists there instead of our streets?
    Only argument against the latter I buy is that it is too expensive. But I also think, it is too expensive, because we try to renovate and secure their country with our taxpayer’s money and our lives. Wouldn’t be Iran sitting on oil more expensive in the end? Hard decisions awaits you, sir.

  • MrDanielBowman74

    In the age of weapons of MASS destruction and planes, ‘preemptive’ gets another meaning. Once you sit safely under Ballistic Missile Shield and Great Wall, watching the world get raped by dictators, please, at least allow immigration for people of same views on Liberty or send them some surplus guns to fight for their freedom. Or it would demoralize you and probably degenerate your population.

  • sirbustalot

    Full supporter of Dr. Paul however I think everyone should leave their religious beliefs and comments to themselves as it should have no affect on how we govern ourselves. Leave religion out of politics it has only been used in the past to justify war and sway Americans into supporting an empire movement that is not unlike a crusade and is not authorized by the constitution. Enjoy your freedom of religion but our government is there to protect these individual freedoms not force them upon us. That game is over.

  • Mattboy2388

    We need to spread this video far and wide. Make it go viral people.

  • iAmAnonymoose

    You guys are lucky to have this guy as a serious candidate for President, the nearest we have in Britain is Nigel Farage, and as brilliant as he is, it’s very unlikely he will ever be PM. Please vote Ron Paul for me!

  • MrDanielBowman74

    Ron Paul is wrong about their motives. You are unbeliever no matter what you do or don’t do and therefore an enemy. And they see you as obstacle because you are competition on political field, representing separation of state and church. Stop being 1st superpower and they will move you down on the list of targets. But they will target you eventually and with greater force since there was no one to weaken them.
    It is wiser to spend on policing the world than on welfare. Protect the trade roads.

    • Jean-François

      “They” ? You think that a majority of the muslims are ready to follow every sentence in the Kuran, including the ones who justify wars? They are like the christians who are supposed to give all what their welath to the poors, but who dream about becoming rich. Someone who is good by nature will take the versets that suit him; a psychopath killer will use his own interpretation of the same book. 99.999% are just dreaming about a better future for their children. But of course if you live in an environment where wars exist around, where you have no longer any hope to raise your living standards, it’s easier for some idealists who dream of a “glorious future”, especially the religious fanatics to justify such an attack as a “retaliation” for some wrondoings.
      There are far more suicide bombers today than 10 years ago. Look just in Iraq. Al Qaida was almost unexistent there 10 years ago, now they strikes almost everyday against other muslims. The US intervention did not prevent them from striking on the US soil; regarding the US it is just a question of visas.
      The chronical instabillity and the chaos that was created planted the seeds for it.
      Of course you will always have some psychopaths left if you don’t bomb everywhere and withdraw the troops, but it will be much more difficult to play on the idea of David must take down Goliath because Goliath is killing your children and try to control you”