Ron Paul: Mr. President, Let’s Come Home from Afghanistan




by Ron Paul

Last week President Obama made a surprise pre-dawn trip to Afghanistan to mark the one year anniversary of the killing of Osama bin Laden and to sign a document further extending the US presence in that country. The president said, “we’re building an enduring partnership…As you stand up, you will not stand alone.” What that means in practice is that the US will continue its efforts to prop up the government in Afghanistan for another ten years beyond the promised withdrawal date of 2014.

To those of us who believe the US should leave Afghanistan immediately, the president retorted, “We must give Afghanistan the opportunity to stabilize.” But how long will that take, when we have already fought the longest war in our nation’s history at incredible human and economic cost to the nation and no end is in sight?

There is little evidence of any sustained increase in stability in Afghanistan and, in fact, April saw the loss of 34 more American troops and an escalation of violence and upheaval. Within 90 minutes of the president’s departure, seven more people were killed in Kabul by a suicide bomber. It is clear that our presence in that country is not creating any real stability. With Osama bin Laden dead and the al Qaeda presence in Afghanistan virtually non-existent, we are reduced to nation-building in a nation where there is no real nation to build.

We should ask ourselves why Obama’s trip was a “surprise” visit rather than a normal state visit. The reason is that after ten years it is still far too dangerous to travel in or out of that country. Does that not speak much more loudly than the president’s optimistic words about the amazing progress we have made in Afghanistan?

What does our enduring commitment mean? Ask the South Koreans, where the United States has maintained an “enduring commitment” of US troops more than fifty years after hostilities ended. By some estimates the United States taxpayer is saddled with a 40 billion dollar annual price tag for our “enduring commitment” to maintaining a US military presence in Korea. Polls suggest that particularly younger Koreans are tired of the US military presence in their country and would prefer us to leave. The same is true for the residents of Okinawa, who have argued strongly and with some recent success for American troops to leave their island.

The Soviets believed the road to their goal for a universal form of government ran through Afghanistan. They were also wrong and paid an enormous price. However, after nine years and 15,000 Soviet lives lost, the communist regime in Moscow realized its mistake and withdrew from that country. The Soviet withdrawal was complete in early 1989. The Soviet Union by that time had further plunged into economic crisis, fueled in great part by its commitment to maintain a global empire of client states. Later that year, the Soviet world began crashing down, with first the collapse of Eastern European regimes and then the Soviet Union itself. That collapse produced an economic calamity for the successor states from which most have not yet fully recovered. It is not too late for the United States to learn what the Soviets discovered too late, back in 1989. Mr. President: the time to leave Afghanistan is today, not in 2024.

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  1. Rick Santorum endorses Romney. They must be offering him something=a cabinet post, etc. I got a number of GOP party people to vote for Ron Paul. Still can't believe how many Christian Zionists believe Romney is any different from Obama-people I know. I can't get through to them as they are totally brainwashed. They will have to have it affect them directly before they wake up. They are plugged into the matrix. Looking forward to going to our state convention and will bring my camera in case there are any shenanigans. My husband and I got appointed to be PCP's and are looking forward to doing whatever we can to support Ron Paul. So tired of people telling me he doesn't have a chance and that's why they aren't voting for him. Tell everyone about Ben Swann and make sure to thank him for keeping us informed and reporting the truth. I tell everyone I meet to tune into his show and find out for themselves a journalist who reports in an objective and unbiased way. He needs our support and encouragement.

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  2. French Canadian

    Cheiro Honlomarr,

    "In other words, the inference is that some branch of government, perhaps the CIA, is in the hugh money making drug market. Could you please verify this? As you know there is so much misinformation on line…"

    Here is a clip:

    BUSTED-Troops Filmed Protecting Opium!
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=apaUuqU89jQ

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  3. French Canadian

    The Peace/Warmonger Nobel Prize President is at it again, again and again!

    Only the legalisation of drugs would end the War on Drugs. No more War on Drugs... no more reason to stay in Afghanistan.

    As simple as that.

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  4. Bugger, go to the website (hangthebankers . com) and you'll see it under 'politics' and the most popular post.
    Please share this as it wakens up people not already awake.
    Thanks brother :)

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  5. Bugger, go to the website (hangthebankers . com) and you'll see it under 'politics' and the most popular post.
    Please share this as it wakens up people not already awake.
    Thanks brother :)

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  6. Take everything RT says with a grain of salt, especially on anything that has to do with Russia.

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  7. I disagree, Dr. Paul. The time to leave Afghanistan was yesterday.

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  8. and that's why they are also trying to take control over web, still failing, but it's very scary to me :(

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  9. The media never wanted to pay attention to him which is why you believe he is losing momentum but if you pay attention to his crowds and progress, he is GAINING momentum.

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  10. A push needs to be made to get most of Rick’s and Newt’s delegates. Then, Ron Paul’s count could become (as of now):

    Ron Paul — 575
    Rmoney — 683

    Wishful thinking — or a distinct possibility (based on this report --- Watch this video and pay attention the explanation of Rule #38 (from minute 3:15 till end of video –4:23).

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mDPK4GCprYA&feature=player_embedded

    (I crunched these numbers using a “Optimism Factor”…just for fun).

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    • I like those numbers! :) Let's see how good he does tonight after yet another stock market sell off. Wake up America, Ron Paul is the answer.

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  11. That one dislike is from Obama.

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  12. That one dislike is from Obama.

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  13. That one dislike is from Obama.

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  14. That one dislike is from Obama.

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  15. Cheiro Honlomarr

    Somewhere along the information conduit it was brought out that the real reason why the Establishemnt desires to stay in Afganistan comes from the growth of the poppy fields. These poppy fields fuel the huge "illegal" drug market.

    In other words, the inference is that some branch of government, perhaps the CIA, is in the hugh money making drug market. Could you please verify this?
    As you know there is so much misinformation on line...and of course this would never make it to the mainstream media. Thank you so much.

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  16. The revolution is alive and well, the nomination is getting closer and closer to Ron Paul, it seems the people are finally opening their eyes.

    RON PAUL 2012!!!!

    Spread the message and keep in touch with the Ron Paul Campaign, there's an app for that!!!

    https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.uncledroid.ronpaul2012.free

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  17. Joseph C. Carbone III

    Dear Dr. Paul,

    A truth is wars have the potential to bankrupt the United States by forcing major portions of income out of the hands of 90% of our people through taxes. These taxes are then mandated to corporations, corporations that continuously capitalize on legislation to enhance their control. Their control is dictating their pseudo-right over our income, creating undo profits of exorbitant size for their select companies and wealth for numerous others.

    Could these profits be the agenda of our politicians from the President down, which speaks of the reason why Pres. Obama may be committed to continuing fighting in Afghanistan because money runs campaigns and favors bring wanted lifestyle?

    Thank you for all of your hard work. Please, be strong. I pray for you and us all.

    Sincerely, Joseph C. Carbone III; 8 May 2012

    ★”˜¨¯¯¨˜”ª¤(¯`*•.¸(¯`*•.. The Hon. Dr. Ron Paul for 2012 ..•*´¯)¸.•*´¯)¤ª”˜¨¯¯¨˜”★

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  18. Blow dealt to Rmoney over the weekend!

    Ron Paul gains 44 more Delegates — Rmoney gets only 6 !!!

    Rmoney’s camp Attempt TO DEFRAUD the Elections — by sending plants using FAKE delegate badges and circulating FAKE delegate slates, and even impersonating real delegates — BACKFIRES! It only helped to galvanize The People in further rejecting Perfidy Mitt!

    Before:
    Paul —148
    Romney—697

    As of May 7th:
    Paul —192
    Romney—703

    More good news for Ron Paul — according to RNC rule #38, the Mitt has probably lost about 50 bound delegates to him; while Ron Paul has probably gained that number.

    Therefore, it could be that the more accurate numbers are:

    Paul —242
    Romney—653

    Fox New’s REALITY CHECK Show is the source for the above numbers. Watch this video and pay attention the explanation of Rule #38 (from minute 3:15 till end of video –4:23).

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mDPK4GCprYA&feature=player_embedded

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    • Video proof of Rmoney = FRAUD…!

      Caught on tape!
      Fraudulent imposter with Fake Pass planted by Rmoney, passing around FRAUD ballots at Nevada state convention caught on camera in detail:

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eVGxCUomyVk&feature=player_embedded

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  19. John from Europe

    to have 900 base in 134 countryies "for defence" is by itself strange.....

    to lend 6 trillion from China is al lot....

    to have mot of the base close to China is odd....

    how would a Chineese take it???.

    someone is lending...to buy a gun... and put it on the head of China....

    im just a dumbo....but its happening.....and europe is following blind in this crazy politics.....

    bring our troops home.....to manny have died for all false reasons...just and only for the profit of a few...

    i salute a sound and sane man in the USA.....WE can win this thing !

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  20. Yep they are going to serious change their stances, Martial Law will take care of it...

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