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.


  • Who is everyone? Hardly anyone even knew what the delgates did until recently, and they would not even need delegates if they were just going to bind them and go buy the states primary votes. I am not “a kid”. And only one thing I have said so far I found on Daily Paul, but it was a quote from the RNC, so it doesn’t matter where I copied it from.

  • The Federal Reserve is draining the wealth of the American people. More people need to know.

  • The problem stems from the fact that the rules required 5 states and Ron Paul only had 4. The fraud was committed by Ron Paul supporters who became Nevada delegates and then refused to follow the rules prescribed by the Nevada state convention which binds delegates to candidates based on how many votes they received. You have been lied to and you are a fucking fool.

  • The problem stems from bought out officials and fraudulent practices that blocked Dr. Paul from proceeding further! It was caught on camera as to what happened and to me it is the smoking gun that officially shows that our electoral system is fixed! Never in the history of our voting system has it come so clear that it is all a fraud and the powers that be totally dictate who will be in the running and who won’t. Dr. Paul wasn’t but I bet they wish he was now given the circumstances with Mitt!!

  • I was all for Ron Paul but he skipped out and gave up! He had every chance to get into the race as a 3rd party and decided not too! Now, I know he said that if he did, he wouldn’t have been invited to speak at numerous conventions but I don’t care, he should have gone with it and proceeded anyways! He gave up and is a true Republican who wouldn’t proceed unless they backed him! To me, that sucks and really makes me question what his intentions really were!!

  • hey get ready! another money bomb for ron paul!! !!

  • out ur ass

  • wtf? u lose

  • Look up 2008_RULES_Adopted.pdf and look at page 18. It says “delegates to the national convention shall be elected, selected, allocated, or bound in the following manner:” Listen, you have no experience with this and are being mislead by the Ron Paul supporters. They are lying to you. Everyone who has followed politics knows states have the power to bind delegates. That’s how it is done. You’re a kid and it’s very very obvious. All your arguments come from dailypaul.

  • I look up rule 38 rnc on google and get page after page of ron paul related links. You are being lied to. There is no rule prohibiting state conventions from binding delegates. Look up the following 2012-National-Delegate-Chart.pdf on google. Go through it and list all the states that do NOT bind at least some delegates. I could not find one. You’re a child.

  • JFK was not against the federal reserve. The executive order you are referring to was phasing out silver certificates because demand for silver drove up the price and the federal govt did not want to give silver away on dollars. You’re being lied to. You’re a schmuck.

  • idiot. I google rule 11 rnc and gets page after page of ron paul related links. Daily Paul, Lew Rockwell, etc. You’re getting lied to. The RNC followed the rules. Ron Paul and his supporters did not. You’re a dumb schmuck. Still waiting for you to provide a link to any rule which prohibits state conventions from binding delegates. You obviously do not realize that is how its been done that way for years and years. You’re new to politics. You’re a kid

  • Write ins aren’t allowed in 5 states.
    GARY JOHNSON is on the ballot in all 50 states. He is very similar to Ron.
    GARY JOHNSON is an anti-interventionist, anti-drug war, anti-income tax, anti-fed.
    GARY JOHNSON is a highly successful businessman/job creator in the private sector.
    GARY JOHNSON was highly successful in the public sector as governor of NM.
    GARY JOHNSON is the man for the job in 2012!

  • Also rule #11 Prohibited the RNC from supporting Romney (or any candidate) until the whole thing was over, but they did months prior.

  • Rule #38 of the RNC

  • Oh I’m so sorry to keep you waiting, I actually have a job, girlfriend and life, I should have known you should be my top priority.

    “The RNC does not recognize a state’s binding of national delegates, but considers each delegate a free agent who can vote for whoever they choose. The national convention allows delegates to vote for the individual of their choice, regardless of whether the person’s name is officially placed into nomination or not.”

    Jennifer Sheehan, Legal Counsel for the RNC.

  • Check out what the RNC/GOP did in the States that Ron Paul delegates got him to be nominated and what they did in the RNC when they change the rules and took out many Ron Paul’s delegates. They didn’t even let him speak at the RNC. It was a disgusting show of power and corruption for the whole world to witness. Do the research! Not the mainstream media, the won’t tell you anything.

  • LIES!!!

  • I vote for the Libertarian Party just like Ron Paul would do. He said if he didn’t get nominated, he would not run. His goal was not to become the president, but to educate the masses by being in the media. Our job is to continue to educate ourselves and others, to get involve in our community getting elected and helping those with Libertarian mentality to get elected. Writing RP will not do anything. The write in will not change anything. We need to show our numbers by voting for Gary Johnson!

  • Still waiting. It’s been 7 hours and you are proving to be quite the liar and scum bag.