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.


  • shabbs83


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    Guess who else spoke about “special interests” and got owned couple years later?

    Adolf Hitler.

    I guess the “special interests” do not appreciate their interests getting compromised.

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  • CraigRidley1

    Evil prevails when good men do nothing, i think this guy could untie the hands of the good men.

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  • gberg06

    I love to hear someone just say it like it is.
    Ron Paul, you and those who follow this view are our future. I feel like everything will be O.K if this mindset comes to the governments.

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  • Nakor420ish

    Please don’t let them assasinate him, we need him. Ron Paul 2012 from Massachusetts.

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  • Volkron

    The 15 dislikes of this video are all from Rick Santorum and his alt accounts.

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  • privateer177666

    Way to go Mr. President!!!

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    WE NEED EVERY LAST VOTE ! Copy and paste this everywhere

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  • Persiancreed1

    Mutually assured destruction logic is not working with a mullahs who is awaiting for their 12th Imam, mutually assured destruction is not working with a religious nut cases. Mutually Assured Destruction is not working with a suicide bomber who is gonna be armed with nuclear weapons. It is a battle between FREEDOM and TYRANNY, you either can sit aside and Appease the evil dictators or stand for Freedom. Paulestinians are delusional sad sad apologetic cowards. Apologizing to terrorists. LOL

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  • TheJkrow

    France and Germany created Saddam Hussein. France also assisted Khomeini’s mullahs in killing the great Shapour Bakhtair who was the leader of Iran’s resistance to Khomeini.

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  • TheJkrow

    Ron Paul will be a disaster. Khomeini’s Islamic Republic wants to have Shia Islamic hegemony over the Middle East. If Ron Paul becomes president, the mullahs will have nukes then you will see a big arms race in the Middle East.

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  • gilluminati

    He speaks the truth, are presidents allowed to do that?

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  • gilluminati

    I’m all for Ron Paul, but how will he go up against the military industrial complex and the CIA. They’ve bent all previous presidents to their will.

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  • MeatLoafEnchilada

    A straight talkin politician? Woah!

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  • Edgebotv4

    this man is far too sensible and pragmatic to get into power.

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  • innishbiggle

    Ron Paul is quite correct, the USA is one large mafia organisation..that has no regard for its own family , the US citizen and less for anyone else. In the struggle people v organised crime, organised crime has won and will continue to win unless people wake up and realise what they are dealing with, hopefully Ron Paul can do that.

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    • PeoplePower

      Everyone close your bank accounts, buy Gold & Silver ect,The debt crisis only effects the banksters, The dollar, Euro, Pound ect will become worthless & they will be fkd! think ahead folks.

      Go Ron Paul 🙂

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  • gottagetatubename

    Come on America..Give this guy 8 years in the office!!

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  • Crazycardfreak

    very well put – you are the hope of the nation

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