Ron Paul: We Can’t Remake the World with Bribes and Bombs!





by Ron Paul

The attack on the US consulate in Libya and the killing of the US Ambassador and several aides is another tragic example of how our interventionist foreign policy undermines our national security. The more the US tries to control the rest of the world, either by democracy promotion, aid to foreign governments, or by bombs, the more events spin out of control into chaos, unintended consequences, and blowback.

Unfortunately, what we saw in Libya last week is nothing new.

In 1980s Afghanistan, the US supported Islamic radicals in their efforts to expel the invading Soviet military. These radicals became what is known to be al-Qaeda, and our one-times allies turned on us most spectacularly on September 11, 2001.

Iraq did not have a significant al-Qaeda presence before the 2003 US invasion, but our occupation of that country and attempt to remake it in our image caused a massive reaction that opened the door to al-Qaeda, leading to thousands of US soldiers dead, a country destroyed, and instability that shows no sign of diminishing.

In Libya we worked with, among others, the rebel Libyan Fighting Group (LIFG) which included foreign elements of al-Qaeda. It has been pointed out that the al-Qaeda affiliated radicals we fought in Iraq were some of the same groups we worked with to overthrow Gaddafi in Libya. Last year in a television interview I predicted that the result of NATO’s bombing of Libya would likely be an increased al-Qaeda presence in the country. I said at the time that we may be delivering al-Qaeda another prize.

Not long after NATO overthrew Gaddafi, the al-Qaeda flag was flown over the courthouse in Benghazi. Should we be surprised, then, that less than a year later there would be an attack on our consulate in Benghazi? We have been told for at least the past eleven years that these people are the enemy who seeks to do us harm.

There is danger in the belief we can remake the world by bribing some countries and bombing others. But that is precisely what the interventionists – be they liberal or conservative – seem to believe. When the world does not conform to their image, they seem genuinely shocked. The secretary of state’s reaction to the attack on the US consulate in Benghazi was one of confusion. “How could this happen in a country we helped liberate, in a city we helped save from destruction,” she asked.

The problem is that we do not know and we cannot know enough about these societies we are seeking to remake. We never try to see through the eyes of those we seek to liberate. Libya is in utter chaos, the infrastructure has been bombed to rubble, the economy has ceased to exist, gangs and militias rule by brutal force, the government is seen as a completely illegitimate and powerless US puppet. How could anyone be shocked that the Libyans do not see our bombing their country as saving it from destruction?

Currently, the US is actively supporting rebels in Syria that even our CIA tells us are affiliated with al-Qaeda. Many of these radical Islamist fighters in Syria were not long ago fighting in Libya. We must learn from these mistakes and immediately cease all support for the Syrian rebels, lest history once again repeat itself. We are literally backing the same people in Syria that we are fighting in Afghanistan and that have just killed our ambassador in Libya! We must finally abandon the interventionist impulse before it is too late.



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  1. We are slaves, duh.

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  2. HOW IS THIS GUY NOT PRESIDENT???

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  3. its ok ron, we tried... as we know its the end times, and fixing the economy / world is not of prophecy, god will prevail over the evil of man in time, thanks for being one of the good.

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  4. Hes great...he is like Ron Paul with pro-choice lol...

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  5. I don't like all of his policies

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  6. you can redo-it if you like it again

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  7. I'd rather write in RP, I am not informed on Gary Johnson's policies. Maybe if i read up on him some more...

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  8. why?

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  9. SORRY!!! I ACCIDENTALLY HIT THE DISLIKE BUTTON!!! SORRY!!!

    Respect, to Dr. Ron Paul!

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  10. SORRY!!! I ACCIDENTALLY HIT THE DISLIKE BUTTON!!! SORRY!!!

    Respect, to Dr. Ron Paul!

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  11. America was founded as a Republic & the word "Democracy" does not appear in our Constitution even once. "Democracy is the road to Socialism". - Karl Marx. It is important to note that Karl Marx had a Rabbi Father & 95% of the Bolsheviks were in fact Jewish when they murdered the Christian Tsar of Russia in 1917, establishing the worlds first Communist Gov. 80% of our Congress is tied to the European Socialist Unions, & our politicians all follow the lobby agenda of their Zionist Masters (AIPAC).

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  12. America was founded as a Republic & the word "Democracy" does not appear in our Constitution even once. "Democracy is the road to Socialism". - Karl Marx. It is important to note that Karl Marx had a Rabbi Father & 95% of the Bolsheviks were in fact Jewish when they murdered the Christian Tsar of Russia in 1917, establishing the worlds first Communist Gov. 80% of our Congress is tied to the European Socialist Unions, & our politicians all follow the lobby agenda of their Zionist Masters (AIPAC).

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  13. we are nearing the age where no secrets can exist... cameras with wiresless internet connections are everywhere now... ron paul is right... we cannot keep bombing people into oblivion.. it will all be caught on tape

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  14. we are nearing the age where no secrets can exist... cameras with wiresless internet connections are everywhere now... ron paul is right... we cannot keep bombing people into oblivion.. it will all be caught on tape

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  15. Hmm forget to mention he has served twelves terms in congress who's always voted on principle? Yeah you did? Here, I reminded you. You're welcome.

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  16. Hmm forget to mention he has served twelves terms in congress who's always voted on principle? Yeah you did? Here, I reminded you. You're welcome.

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  17. exactly.if Ron Paul would had become president,there would have being no change,unless the individual change.is up to the people to change this country back to its roots,don't rely on 1 person,rely on yourself.

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  18. stfu hes against war in Iran and thats all that matters, preventing ww3.

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  19. stfu hes against war in Iran and thats all that matters, preventing ww3.

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  20. Gary Johnson should make a last minute change to make Ron Paul his VP. That would assure he receives the Ron Paul support he should.

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