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.

  • Surfisher

    The below has to be THE BEST Ron Paul QUOTE!!!

    “I am convinced that there are more threats to American liberty within the 10 mile radius of my office on Capitol Hill, than there are on the rest of the globe.” — Ron Paul

    We’ve been Bamboozled into looking for ghost Enemies under our beds — when the REAL Enemies of America are in front of us…living it up in DC.

    Donate NOW to Ron Paul below:

    After-all, if Ron Paul is not elected as President, your paper money will most likely become WORTHLESS in the VERY near future…so what do you have to lose?!

  • Aaron
  • Lets give peace a chance!!!

  • Lets give peace a chance!!!

  • French Canadian

    You really need Ron Paul for your President.
    This is what your country has become:

    Austin Steals Elderly Veteran’s House for Crime of Having Fallout Shelter


    • Surfisher

      French Canadian — good job posting this!

      Spreading it already!

  • Faux (S)nooze..

  • The Rothchilds own America and other countries /=

  • French Canadian
  • Surfisher

    Sign petition!

    Just spoke extensively with Jeff Bales (520) 465-3645 — super nice guy (erudite and logical)! Here is the run down:

    1) He initiated the Call for Resignation of RNC Chairman Reince Priebus (Due to violation of the RNC’s Rule #11).

    2) Other members in agreement started the Petition (given above) ASKING for consensus to have Reince Priebus RESIGN.

    3) If Reince Priebus does not resign QUICKLY — by the mounting pressure of this Petition (that’s why ALL need to sign it) — he has also contacted Ron Paul’s Camp with this info.

    Ron Paul being the INJURED Party — is the most likely ONE to quickly succeed in winning a legal action! (Others, CONFIRMED Delegates ONLY, could also start legal proceedings on their behalf — but, it is advisable they coordinate with Ron Paul’s legal staff).

  • Surfisher


    Republican Executive Committee Member Calls for Resignation of RNC Chairman Reince Priebus

    Due to an alleged violation of the national GOP’s Rule # 11 (bans favoritism of one candidate while more than one candidate exists), an Executive Committee member within the GOP calls for the resignation of RNC Chairman Reince Priebus.

    Washington, DC, May 07, 2012 –(– Jeffrey Bales, a Member-at-Large of the Pima County GOP Executive Committee (Tucson, Arizona), says:

    “Due to violation of the RNC’s Rule #11, I call for Chairman Reince Priebus to resign immediately. It is un-American and beneath the standards established by the Republican Party to violate this rule. It is unethical to support a single Republican Presidential candidate (Mitt Romney) while other Republican candidates remain in the race.

    “Further, I call upon Mitt Romney to denounce this behavior and ask that the RNC repair the breach of trust by including the other remaining Republican Presidential candidate, Dr. Ron Paul, in any dispensation of funds, effort and labor. It would benefit all Americans if Mitt Romney would further clarify the fact that 2 candidates remain if he challenged Dr. Ron Paul to a debate.”

    Rule #11 states:

    “Rule No. 11 Candidate Support”

    (a) The Republican National Committee shall not, without the prior written and filed approval of all members of the Republican National Committee from the state involved, contribute money or in-kind aid to any candidate for any public or party office except the nominee of the Republican Party or a candidate who is unopposed in the Republican primary after the filing deadline for that office. In those states where state law establishes a nonpartisan primary in which Republican candidates could participate, but in which the general election may not include a Republican candidate, the candidate endorsed by a convention held under the authority of the state Republican Party shall be recognized by the Republican National Committee as the Republican nominee.

    (b) No state Republican Party rule or state law shall be observed that allows persons who have participated or are participating in the selection of any nominee of a party other than the Republican Party, including, but not limited to, through the use of a multiparty primary or similar type ballot, to participate in the selection of a nominee of the Republican Party for that general election. No person nominated in violation of this rule shall be recognized by the Republican National Committee as the nominee of the Republican Party from that state.

    Official RNC rules are available online at:

    This call for resignation is based upon statements released by the RNC on 4/25/12 that said,

    “Governor Romney’s strong performance and delegate count at this stage of the primary process has made him our party’s presumptive nominee,” Mr. Priebus said. “In order to maximize our efforts I have directed my staff at the R.N.C. to open lines of communication with the Romney campaign.”


    “It’s my intention to have a seamless and complete merger between the presumptive nominee and the Republican National Committee,” Mr. Priebus said. “That means political, communications, fund-raising, research and the chairman’s office, along with the governor’s main operational team, are completely merged.”

    Jeffrey Bales is available for commentary.

    Contact information:
    Jeffrey Bales

    Pima County GOP Executive Committee page:

    Jeffrey Bales’ Official GOP email: [email protected]
    Personal email: [email protected]

    Contact Information
    Jeff Bales
    (520) 465-3645

  • If we leave Afghanistan now our CIA, FBI, Politicians and Corporations will be broke. There’s billions upon billions in those Poppy fields that we’re “guarding” (90% of the worlds heroine). And if you think our government is just gonna leave all that behind, you’re just spinning you’re wheels.

  • If we leave Afghanistan now our CIA, FBI, Politicians and Corporations will be broke. There’s billions upon billions in those Poppy fields that we’re “guarding” (90% of the worlds heroine). And if you think our government is just gonna leave all that behind, you’re just spinning you’re wheels.

  • Scott R

    These Ron Paul numbers aren’t the greatest today…

    11% NC
    11% WV
    15% Indiana

    Are these numbers good enough to pick up any more delegates?

    • Surfisher

      Scott R —

      Ron Paul:

      11% NC
      11% WV
      16% Indiana

      Those are approximately the numbers he got in Nevada and Louisiana —- where Ron Paul won most of the delegates!

      • Matthew

        Ok dont want to sound like a conspiracy nut, but does ANYONE think the results of the three primary contest yesterday were WAY off. Seriously Santorum has been out of the race for a month now yet he beat Ron Paul in one race. HE got over 100,000 votes (just as much as RP) in the others. Please tell me Im crazy, I am a Ron Paul supporter (not Follower) but this does not add up to me. All three races the numbers are all the same about 65% Romney, Santorum (WHOS OUT) and Ron Paul (has huge supporters) are about 15%, and even Newt is till getting about 10%.

  • French Canadian
  • you shitting me? he’s won over 7 STATE delegations

  • you shitting me? he’s won over 7 STATE delegations

  • nevadasmith


  • at 15 I found the zeitgeist movie, at 16 I found alex jones, then I said fuck alex jones, at 16ish i found Ron Paul, and forever since he has opened my mind to a world that should be.

  • Ron Paul when you lobbied against the Armenian Genocide Congressional Resolution you urged not to offend Turkey for a quick way to remove troops from Iraq. Perhaps you could be more active with something like temporary autonomy for the people in Kabul with Turkish peace keepers for a six months cooling off period, instead of Kabul residents trying to hide or even glue themselves to US jeeps leaving the country.

    Please link the following for more details,

  • robin

    Watch the Ben Swann special on Iraq and Afganistan. The Bush administration spent 3/4 billion dollars to build the embassy in Iraq which is the size of 94 football fields. We give 25,000 to every Israeli every year while our infrastructure is falling apart and we have a runaway deficit. That’s 100,00 for a family of four. Just imagine if this money went to all the Americans living on the edge=trying to survive on minimum wage jobs, or out of work? We spent billions to repair these countries infrastructure that we have plundered while so many Americans are living at the poverty level. Just went canvassing in our county for Ron Paul and a local candidate and people are living in deplorable conditions while we support these other countries. Shared this at a candidates meet=up for a congressional candidate and they were trying to deny it, and avoid our questions. If Americans really had these costs itemized they would be up and arms. You should have seen the expressions on those at this meeting when I shared these figures.