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.


  • Ishykawa

    America needs Ron in the white house.

  • 1234doawee

    the US is the most fucked up country allowing retards run to run their country who openly rejects science! I wonder whether ron paul or any other US President that rejects evolution can keep a straight face when having a vaccine or antibiotics! talk about biting the hand that feeds you.

  • TheGeneralHimself92

    Ron Paul, I fucking love you, sir!

  • jkpierc2

    Ron Paul sounds presidential and would be truly deserving of a peace prize, unlike Obama who is currently working on opening a military base in the Seychelles and dropping drones all over the middle east. Honestly as a mother of a young son, Ron Paul is the only candidate i could rely on not to commit my son to future useless wars and occupations. As an american, Ron Paul is my only hope!

  • vortican

    Very presidential speech and an excellent explanation of the philosophy of non-interventionism that is so desperately needed.

  • rydholm

    Flawed economic theory is socialism? I have free health care, free education, free higher education, working welfare and much more and my country has a national debt of 40 %.. some things Ron Paul says isn’t true!

  • titusax

    Ron Paul is “NOT” humble, and he is blind. If America votes for this man, we will be worse off then we are now. Like Satan, he mixes truth with lies to subvert us from what is the “ABSOLUTE” truth. He might be a student of economics and the Constitution, but he knows nothing about “Religion”. Those who fail to study history are doomed to repeat it, and many a nation has gone down the same path Paul suggests, Europe is a prime example of this flawed thinking.

  • harrissteven73

    18 dislikes? How brainwashed can someone be? Love wins. We should try it sometime and see what happens.

  • AvatarRoku

    a presidential candidate FOR mutual respect? that’s where my vote is going to be!! keep the message alive!!
    ps. as mutual respect being one of our founding principles, i think you, Dr. Paul would have made a wonderful judo sensei.

  • tomgwyther

    Quite possibly the planet’s only hope of the future.

  • TheComedian851

    It’s all nice and dandy but would Mr. Paul put this into effect if he became president. It’s one thing to preach good things, but another to never live up to one’s own words. I fear he will be just like any other politician, or Republican for that matter.

  • gamingmaster88

    A message from your future president.

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  • sixDUMBbeaners

    finally. a US presidential candidate with his head on strait. not a fast talking, charismatic lair, only a seemingly quiet yet wise leader.

  • jodolski

    This man speaks truth.

  • TheSentinelGuardian

    I hope America does not throw away what may very well be it’s last chance for “real” hope and change… Ron Paul 2012!

  • coasterman1234

    I just spoke of this non-interventionism in my liberal-leaning government college class. Amazing how many so called anti-war liberals are opposed to non-interventionism and refuse to listen to anything to the contrary. .

  • SureShotSav

    fuck perry, fuck backmann, fuck romney, fuck obama, fuck em all and fuck anyone who does not agree with this man, Ron Paul is standing up for every single person in this country and against wut the government is doing to us. you have to be a REAL DUMBASS to not see past the lies. every fuckin 4 years its a repeat of shitty republicans and retard democrats, and the media blocks out ron paul because he speaks the truth. were already fucked as it is, RP is the last great hope for the U.S.

  • smuttierthanu

    this is a dream

  • TheRoadrocket

    Sounds logical to me. What do you think?