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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  • Zafiro

    Ron P , may god watch over you and keep giving you the strength and wisdom to speak boldly and straight…

    People will not like you because your not a puppet and also because you are not saying what they want to hear because they have MIERDA in their ears and BIG ROCKS in their eyes that keep them from seeing and hearing true facts.

    RON P… Stay simple, humble and to the point… just the way Normal Americans are…

    Yes…NO need to keep feeding the WAR MACHINES that is draining this country!

  • justinnetzel

    If he is elected it will be the first time in my 20 year life where i can be PROUD of my government! Ron Paul is the only person i could ever vote for! i hope the americans wake up and get behind this amazing man god has sent to our nation!

  • gingowitch

    end circumcision of foreskins!

  • SuperTravisZ

    Go peach, go ron paul! What did constant wars bring us?

  • SuperTravisZ

    Go peach, go ron paul! What did constant wars bring us?

  • knight4justice

    I have to head to work, I will reply to the responses when I get back

  • knight4justice

    I have to head to work, I will reply to the responses when I get back

  • nmoneymoneo

    The point is he never said Mullah’s. Please be specific.

  • nmoneymoneo

    I have never heard Ron ever mention the word Mullah. I think you are putting words in his mouth. I have listrened very carefully. Send me the link.

  • harryflocyberman

    A honest system? that will be the day.

  • 1234doawee

    still doesnt accept evolution. Cannot respect this man

  • TheBattle2142

    go Ron Paul .Middle class Americas last hope. RIP American dream. wake up its not 1950. we need to shed the 50s residual image and accept as a nation were off coarse. time to stand and vote. get informed do research learn what is realy happening here and VOTE.

  • capitalistworld

    by far the biggest dick among all republicans

    • Ben

      You mean he HAS the biggest dick or he IS the biggest dick?

      I’m confused.

    • DC

      You do realize he is for capitalism and free market. What is your argument genius?

    • DC

      Oh and he is a Libertarian. You should really get the facts straight before you post arrogant comments.

  • lordofthemanor25

    I have had a YouTube account since 2008 however I only could lurk through comment sections and not actually post videos (if only I could get a camcorder). If I find someway to post videos here on YouTube, you may not like what I have to say. Most will be controversial and I will get many hateful comments on my videos. Well, I will tell you first of all: I am against the idea of a republic and will tell you an elected president will never get the job done.

  • garybatesrsc

    This man probably time traveled from the days when they wrote up the constitution. So much wisdom and uncorrupted. He has no agendas, but to promote freedom and peace for everyone willing to participate. How could anyone not want this guy to lead our Nation back to greatness.

    • Ben

      It’s comments like this that make normal people think that Ron Paul followers are more than a little blind in their passionate love for this guy.

      He’s just a man.

      I wonder, have you ever read anything critical of him?

  • BettyJChristian

    Go Ron Paul. Everything he says is brilliant. Freedom is everything. I’ve heard it said that the people are not ready for him, but we can’t wait any longer. we need him NOW, I pray the people in this country wake up in time.

  • redskins112995

    This is the only Republican I would ever support. Time to switch parties to vote

    • Ben

      You should! Lots of people are switching parties. His base of support is among liberal democrats. I think that’s because he’s the only real Republican, and the only real conservative in this race.

      There was another guy on this page who was posting instructions on how to register Republican in time for the primary. Geez, I wonder why he would feel the need to bring in so many ringers. I think it’s because he’s confident that Ron Paul is the guy real Republicans really want.

      Joy Behar loves him, Arlo Guthrie loves him. Arlo Guthrie is basically a communist but I think he likes Ron Paul because Ron Paul is such a genuine conservative. There’s nothing Arlo Guthrie loves more than a true conservative.