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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  • The Fed is not privately owned. The Fed is required by law to reimburse to the the treasury the interest on the bonds it holds. It reimbursed to Treasury 82.546 billion interest received for holding 1.66 trillion in Treasuries. Look at Table 2.5—Composition of “Other Receipts”: 1940–2017 and Table 7.1—Federal Debt at the End of Year: 1940–2017 to get those numbers. You are confused as hell and quite stupid.

  • Gary Johnson is a sell out to the Wall Street Banksters by saying that “None of them committed any crimes.”! He is much worse than Barack Obama and Mitt Romney! Bill Still / Jesse Ventura would be Ron Paul’s running mate for Vice President NOT Gary Johnson!

  • Elections, voting in general, is administered in the States. I am not surprised you find little in the way of Federal Law directly addressing voting issues beyond who has a right to vote.

  • Vote for me for president and I will sign an executive order to militarily take down the Federal Reserve bank and arrest it’s officials.

  • wRONg Paul is a fuckin’ jackass! You fuckin’ paultards ought to be drowned like sick puppies.

  • Surfisher

    Write in Ron Paul for 2012 President is online!

    Vote and spread it like wildfire!


    A vote on principles is much better than a No Vote — and a trillion times better than voting for what one perceives as the “lesser of two evils”!

    My take:

    This election has been reduced again to voting for the “lesser of two evils” (but which one is the “lesser”?).

    All indicators point that Rmoney is the CHOSEN ONE by the NY and London Banks (the International Banksters that control the Federal Reserve) and by Israel.

    Since their goals are directly opposite to the well-being of our Nation, by deduction this Bought-And-Paid-For-Mitt-Mutton-Puppet MUST NOT win!

    [[Should Rmoney win — expect the US to start an all out war against Iran to protect Israel from a possible single atomic bomb being developed in…10 years from now…? (certainly not to protect the US from such silly and nonthreatening remote eventuality) within a week of this creature taking office.

    What’s even more worrisome, is this Creature’s Control of the GOP (forcing a fraudulent “Aye” vote at the RNC convention), thus assuring It won’t be opposed to win a 2nd term!

    Eight years of Mutton-Mitt will mean a COMPLETE AND TOTAL DESTRUCTION OF THE USA — when wars will be started at a drop of an Israeli Hat (sorry, meant to say: yamaka), when the US Constitution will become null-and-void, when the US Dollar will finally become utterly worthless, by a phone call from his Banker Masters (who’ll call in their chips).]]

    On the other-hand — the BO Creature will have 4 more years to further plunge us into Socialism and suck us dry through more taxation and further devaluation of the US Dollar and the attempted destruction of our Constitutional Rights.

    This creature will, however, be hampered by some republican wins in both Houses, thus having most of its venomous teeth pulled during its 2nd term.

    [[However, should the BO see itself not as a clear winner, it will assure its reelection by attacking Iran with two weeks to go (mid-to-late October) — since a “patriotic” War always guarantees the “Commander-and-Chief” a sure win!]]


    Either subhuman will get us into never ending wars and ever closer to loss of All Liberty, All Prosperity and the eventual Total End of Our Nation as Free People!

    For which “lesser evil” will you vote, now?

    I, for one (and my family and friends) will not be party to such infamy! If either of these Horrible Creatures wins, at least we’ll have a clear conscience that we did not compromise our principles by acknowledging their existence in the voting booths!

    We will vote our Conscience — Writing In Dr. Ron Paul!

  • Gary Jonson for 2012

  • And jfk was agaisnt the federal reserve and threatened there very exsistance thats why they made sure it would be the last time there was an election were one of the canidates wernt one of there puppits. Hence why jfk was the last real president.

  • Remember what you resist persist its not worth goin back and forth with these fools filled with so much hate trolling on videos of some one they dont like i dont understand why they cant go on an anti paul video an make all the comments they want with like minded ppl they just look so childish trollin. Anywayz love and peace is the answer to all problems, its what the majority of ppl on this planet strive for an if we could just put petty differences aside we could unite for the sake of R planet

  • On June 4, 1963, President Kennedy signed a Presidential decree, Executive Order 11110. This order virtually stripped the Federal Reserve Bank of its power to loan money to the United States Government at interest. President Kennedy declared the privately owned Federal Reserve Bank would soon be out of business.

  • On June 4, 1963, a virtually unknown Presidential decree, Executive Order 11110, was signed with the authority to basically strip the Bank of its power to loan money to the U.S Federal Government at interest. With the stroke of a pen, President Kennedy declared that the privately owned Federal Reserve Bank would soon be out of business. The Debt of treasury would be granted the constitutional right to print its own currency without having to go through the Federal Reserve.

  • Because the media doesn’t talk about Ron Paul, I’m sorry that you’ve been lied to.

  • the point you seem to miss s that you haven’t seen them either. Since YOU are the one trying to proove a point you have to support it with evidence. Since you have nothing close to “evidence” or proof, you’re arguement and point is completely invalid. You evidently are a foolish speculative middle aged man, delusional and quite gullible by others.
    Think with your own head, and stop spreading shit on a good man’s name without ANY PROOF you shameless idiot.

  • If you have not seen his financial records then you’re in no position to claim that he has not profited from this fake campaign. So sit down and suck down a nice strong cup of shut the fuck up.

  • Well i’de be glad to know where the hell YOU saw these tax returns, since he hasn’t made them public, and if you have then you are a criminal. So untill you don’t give me tangible proof of what you are saying, i am assuming you are simply speculating about something you know nothing about. And speculation is the foundation of anarchy.
    Untill you give me this proof, i bid you good day.

  • Who in the hell is “we” and “our”? “We” don’t control shit and it’s not “our” empire.
    This nonsense has to end. The “elite” families are controlling this.
    They need to be called out. They plan our economy and they shipped all of our jobs overseas and they run the banks and the wars….AND IT’S THEIR DEBT.

  • robin

    French Canadian,
    Did you listen to Rand Paul’s speech on foreign aid? If so, what did you think about it? Thank you for your opinion on my question. We’ll see what my son says after doing some research. He will be listening to the Judge who did a program called the Constitution for Dummies and a few other programs. Of course, I’ll have him listen to what Ron Paul has said on this subject. There’s a lot of info., but I share in your opinion as well. Our founding fathers studied history and understood that human nature doesn’t change and our amendment process keeps it a “living” document that can evolve and change with the times when needed. The 10th amendment deals with anything else not specified in the Constitution. I really look forward to hearing what thoughts and ideas my son has because he is usually very insightful. He is the upcoming generation who will need to be awake and informed.

    • Citizen

      Hi French Can

      “The Tenth Amendment (Amendment X) to the United States Constitution, which is part of the Bill of Rights, was ratified on December 15, 1791.[1] The Tenth Amendment states the Constitution’s principle of federalism by providing that powers not granted to the federal government nor prohibited to the States by the Constitution are reserved to the States or the people.”

      BUT the great End Run has been the Commerce Clause where every political agenda has sought to circumven this amendment.

      Thus we have the Affordable Healthcare Act aka Obamacare
      Which is neither “affordable” nor has anything to do with “healthcare”
      It is simply the means for Government to commandeer property and nationalize the healthcare industry.

      For example…. when you sell your house in 2013 and beyond, the FEDs will collect a 3.5% sales tax at the closing table…. what does that have to do with Healthcare?…. ABSOLUTELY NOTHING!

      As for the 10th Amendment…. the STATES will have to push back and attempt to curtail the Feds power, and that an’t gonna happen!

      • French Canadian


        Thanks for you response.

        “As for the 10th Amendment…. the STATES will have to push back and attempt to curtail the Feds power, and that an’t gonna happen!”

        This is how it could happen,

        Very informative and intersting video.

        Tom Woods: How to Resist Federal Tyranny. (31 minutes)

        Tom Woods new book: Nullification: How to Resist Federal Tyranny in the 21st Century.

        • Citizen

          I’ve read Tom’s book and agree fully.

          However that would required a massive paradigm shift by a population that is DEPENDENT on Government handouts.

          The east and west coasts are run by Progressive Statist who push more government solutions for every issue.

          Nullification requires a people willing to suffer austerity… they aren’t willing.

        • Citizen

          I’ve read Tom’s book and agree fully.

          However that would required a massive paradigm shift by a population that is DEPENDENT on Government handouts.

          The east and west coasts are run by Progressive Statist who push more government solutions for every issue.

          Nullification requires a people willing to suffer austerity… they aren’t willing.

    • Surfisher

      robin — have your son read Plato’s Republic (the Original Work, not some annotated or abridged version).

      This (and the Magna Carta) were basis for our Original Constitution!

      Also, J.S. Mill’s “On Liberty” would be of tremendous advantage to him (to be able to confidently argue why Individual Liberty MUST supersede Society’s (and Government’s) attempts to restrict it).

      Both works are about 80 pages — but the Ideas packed may take weeks to comprehend (just keep rereading the difficult passages)!

      Hope this helps,


    • French Canadian


      No I didn’t listen to RAND’s speech and I don’t care either to listen to it. He can say all he wants, I’m done with RAND, in my book, he doesn’t have credibility anymore.

  • Have you seen Ron Paul’s tax returns? You obviously have not or you would not have made such a ridiculous statement. He’s getting rish off the “liberty movement.” Tom Woods, Lew Rockwell, all those people make their living off the liberty industry. It’s all a sham and they are lying to you. He is not a man of principle. You’re a foolish child. He stole your money and now you are on the internet defending him like a fool. You dumb cunt.