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.


  • The RNC does not prohibit Nevada from binding delegates. You’re a liar and obviously new to Republican policies. Delegates are bound in almost every state for the 1st ballot, some state even for the second. What you don’t understand is Ron Paul would have to have enough states to get your name submitted and the contention has to be contested for their to be a second ballot. Now go confirm that and confess your ignorance. Look up this PDF file: 2012-National-Delegate-Chart.pdf

  • I will write him down no matter what!

  • Ooh so what does that say about Nader in 2000? You’re just a sore loser.

  • Im genuinely curious, Paul supporters are pissed off because corporations control the government, I agree with that. What I dont get is how getting rid of government is supposed to help, isnt that like getting rid of all fire trucks because 1 truck isnt enough to put out a forest fire? If you get rid of government do you think corporations are going to stop sending jobs overseas or avoid using unsafe materials in their products etc? They sell poison to babies in other unregulated countries.

  • French Canadian

    This May Be America But Don’t Automatically Assume You Can Vote

  • Pedrotheporcupine said “the reason Gary Johnson is so far behind is because he has significantly less money then the other canidates.”

    I donated $100 to support Gary Johnson, and you can too!

    Let’s start a little moneybomb here.

    Go to garyjohnson2012 (dot) com, and give the campaign at least a dollar.

  • It was all a fake run to weaken the republicans so Obama can get another 4 years.

    It is just like the Ross Perot 92 and 96 bullshit campaigns that let Clinton get 8 years with less than 50% of the vote.

    The whole thing is a fraud though and if people were smart they would refuse to support this SHIT by NOT VOTING!!

    Secretly choosing a master is hardly freedom!

    Np Treason by Lysander Spooner (a must read)

  • the fix is in……..

  • He was cheated at the RNC and the nomination was given to Romney.. then they made rule changes to make sure nobody ever comes close to disrupting the sham again.

  • A touch angry there it seems. Actually it is a nationwide rule set by the RNC, Nevada lacking a rule does not matter at the RNC in Tampa. And in what way am I a criminal ? I’ll find the exact rule for you later tonight to prove your ignorance.

  • Surfisher

    Question all Americans need to be asked in a poll (this will be a revelation):

    Who do you fear as most likely to invade your own home?

    A) A single Muslim terrorist..or five.


    B) Our own government’s Policing Forces (too many to list, but here are some — Local Police, SWAT, IRS armed agents, FDA, EPA, Federal Reserve armed agents, ATF, FBI, National Guard, the US Armed forces under NDAA directives, TSA, Am-Track police, State Troopers, etc.; all numbering in the million plus!)

    Vote now — and let’s see the tally.

    My vote is B (by simple arithmetic).

  • Surfisher

    Some clever bumper-stickers that should be made:

    Print two — place one on the left side (L) and the other on the right side (R) on your bumper.

    to End our Free Nation”

    to End our Free Nation”

    Wouldn’t this be cute….

    What should go in the middle?

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  • WTF HAPPENED TO RON PAUL…. He was rooted by a lot of people and then right around August it’s like poof! no more Ron paul at all… Did he lose the republican nomination even though he was really popular???

  • There was no rule prohibiting delegates from being bound in Nevada.You’re a liar and are simply making shit up. You proved my point by lying. Get some counseling you criminal fuck.

  • Actually there were rules stating that Binding delgates in itself was against the rules, and even if it wasn’t, they would have been able to vote on the 2nd ballot.

    So that in no way is an instance. Ron Paul did not have power over the convention, that was the RNC, he wasn’t even allowed to speak without bowing to Romney essentially. And he is a GOOD republican, the old school kind that believes in liberty, not the neocon crap about lowering taxes but spending endlessly on selfish war.

  • First of all, Ron Paul is part of the GOP. He is a Republican. Second, Ron Paul supporters cheated in Nevada. The Nevada state convention rules specified that the delegates were bound to vote for Romney. Ron Paul supporters got themselves selected as delegates and refuse to follow the rules. There is one instance, there are many many more.

  • Name a single instance where WE cheated and the GOP did not.

  • Name a single instance where WE cheated and the GOP did not.

  • Yeah they did, he had 6 states. Then they replaced his delegates from Maine, took many from Louisiana and other places.. They completely cheated, look up Ben Swann’s reality check on what happened with the delegates.