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.


  • L1ngP0e

    11 people are sheep.

  • ChristianWorldOrder2

    people still want 4 more years of obama what is wrong with these idiots? why would anyone want 4 MORE YEARS of obama than Ron Paul gosh some people are stupid

  • L1ngP0e

    We are doomed to go under.Only idiots could make this many bad decisions without doing it on purpose and they are afraid of men like Ron Paul who not only know the score but how to correct it.Puppets like the Bushes+Obama just perpetuate the sham.The Taliban must be funded by us to keep it going because if they calmed down we would leave(?) and they could again gain control of their agenda of domination in their country.Acceptance of the Mark of the Beast is right around the corner.NATO=One Govt

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  • eBe4IXcept

    Ron Paul may not believe in Alex Jones’ deranged world view, but a vote for Ron Paul is a vote for Alex Jones, nonetheless, for Alex Jones will profit by it while Ron Paul fades away.

  • L1ngP0e

    This is the man I have voted for in the last 4 elections even when I had to write him in.He will never get elected because the financial elite will not allow it,there is too much for them to lose whether its money or power.No matter how we vote they will hack electronic voting machines or use out right assassination,to get their way.The people have lost control ever since the “NOT FEDERAL reserve” has STOLEN power in their sneek push for a vote to enact it.

  • Robgf88

    I really hope to meat Ron Paul one day. He’s just an exceptional example of peace and logic. I can’t believe he hasn’t been elected President yet!

  • eBe4IXcept

    Wake up sheeples! Look at who supports your good man. Racists, paranoids, secessionists, foreigners who resent America, ant-Semites, jihadists, and snotty online bots, and all the creepy profiteers who cater to them. You’re in THEIR camp, not the good doctor’s. He is old, and like all who are 76, isn’t going to be in the picture for long, but the creepy bastards who support him will always be with us. They are the danger, not Ron Paul. Their rise is his legacy.

  • StopTheMorons

    Neocons are punks who like to start fights. They have no idea of what true national defense is. They can’t tell the difference between offense and defense. They are ever fearful individuals,always suspecting a terrorist when it’s their own shadow following them. Talk radio host Michael Savage has often said, “if someone puts a bomb in your mother’s house, put a bomb in their mother’s house first”–so they are only out to bomb mothers instead of arresting the actual perpetrators after a crime.

  • johnberg70

    His foreign policy is about as naive and unrealistic as his crazy fiscal policies. Fortunately, he has about as much of a chance of becoming president as Paris Hilton does.

  • lifeformalien

    A modern day Andrew Jackson, but without the slavery and removals?

  • machaeroguy

    Dr. Paul hit a grand slam here. Please do another equally powerful one on the Federal Reserve. Don’t forget to mention the $16 Trillion revealed by the audit HE made possible.

  • Vengeance4Me79

    Just think, if us few knowledgable Americans don’t help educate others to exact change through the ‘truth’ in this country ASAP, we’ll go down in history 100 years from now and 2,000 years from now as BLOODTHIRSTY SAVAGES!!! We must rid ourselves of the ZIONIST PARASITE that threatens our existence as well as future generations of Americans!!

  • PhilDobson2010

    Ron wants Respect for USA but how is U.S. going to get Respect whilst extorting high health care insurance from low paid workers, (who work in pain because they cant afford time off work) so that rich people can demand extravagant treatment (allegedly, transplants from poor in countries such as Kosovo) after damaging themselves with alcohol & GM food?

  • techmosis

    those saying he won’t win – VOTE FOR HIM OR STFU

  • MichaelTMurray

    You know what, I think he’s our man, If we bring our boys home he can explain to other countries were broke in a way they can understand, because the way he talks is easy to understand Ron Paul speaks “simpleism”, When I first started watching RP when he ran in 08 he kinda lost me, I was like “man dude is deep”! But the more I watched I realized he speaks like the constitution, and what he is saying he has been saying for 30 years, and he makes since even when I don’t! lol

  • Mellow6ties

    I get sad whenever i hear Ron Paul because he is by far the best candidate but something tells me he wont win because the elite have every election fixed. My only hope is that Ron Paul paves way for the constitutional movement in future elections and that his son Rand Paul gains credibility and becomes a serious contender.

  • Thorax232

    Congressman Paul, you’re ideas, policies and understanding of what this country had in mind when it was developed is a godsend. You are in inspiration to the people of the United States. Keep running and keep doing what you do, together we’ll make this country a better place.

  • nnlamb25

    he uses very plain arguments. I believe in PEACE. We should be nice 🙂
    those ideas are for democrats… sorry, but the world is more complicated. I wish it werent, but thats just how it is.

  • bluedogofdark

    He looks pissed