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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355 Comments:

  1. You should all be commited to the "Land of The Lost".
    What a bunch of fuckin' loonies you are!
    GET PSYCHIATRIC HELP, YOU FUCKIN' SQUIRREL BAIT!!!!!!!

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  2. You fuckin' paultards are just a bunch of Sicko, Psycho, weirdo, jackasses!

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  3. I have looked into him a little and there is just something about him that doesn't sit right. It almost appears that he was riding on the curtails of Ron. The great thing about Ron was that he had the intellect and knowledge behind his reasoning and I don't think Gary quite has that, yet! Perhaps I will dig a little deeper and learn a little more about him, even though he is a business man. lol.

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  4. Because the government should not be involved in marriage at all, it shouldn't be promoting, basically subsidizing some relationships while not others.. Gay marriage being added to the list of unfairly promoted unions does not solve the problem.

    What did he agree with, Paul has not endorsed Johnson for the reasons I stated before.

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  5. Why do you say that he is not for State Rights? Did you check out what he was able to accomplish in New Mexico in his 8 years as a governor? If you are a constitutional, you should already know that no laws should be placed in the books that will abridge other people's the freedom to pursuit their happiness. We need to stop wanting to force people to our believes and mind our own business. We can't have it both ways. Either we will become Free or we won't. Ron Paul agreed with this one.

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  6. Actually, there is another choice. 3rd Party! Gov Gary Johnson is a Constitutional man. The Libertarian Presidential candidate. After intense research, my vote will go to Gary Johnson!!! Check him out. He agrees with RP with almost all of the issues. The conversation differs some, but the ultimate goals are almost the same. (i.e. Audit the FED and/or END it, not closing GITMO but reform it and give everyone their day in court (because we do need a place for this people), etc. Check him out!

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  7. That's true, the message has gotten to me and I wasn't even into politics until this election year. I suppose I am a little distraught about who we now have to settle with as our president. Both Mitt and Obama are not fit to be in office and we the people just have to sit back and deal with it. It would have been nice to at least have the choice to vote for Mr. Paul. He would have received my very first vote in my 36yrs. Now, I won't vote, both candidates don't deserve it and I won't just settle

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  8. Do your homework before spewing lies and ignorant statements and then you won't have to defend the lies. Voting for Libertarians IS NOT and has NEVER been fake to weaken any party. People are waking up to realize there are not Dems and Reps, but instead ONE organizations with strings attached to the masters/owners.You want to change things? then educate yourself and learn the truth. Both Parties support the same anti-people's laws, unconstitutional wars and many others. I vote for Gary Johnson!

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  9. Your choices? Romney and Obama both support...

    *NDAA* CISPA* The Patriot Act* TARP* Cap and Trade carbon tax* Banks AND corporations bail-outs* Backroom deals* Monsanto/Pharma revolving doors* The Federal Reserve* Income tax and IRS* Unconstitutional wars (for profit with false flags)* Stricter Gun Control* TSA* Mandatory Health Care* More subsidies (BP comes to mind)* War on Drugs* No Balancing the fed budget* Goldman Sachs-Credit Suisse-Morgan Stanley are big contributors to Romney and Obama.

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  10. IMO, his intentions were to educate and wake the masses. The only way he could do that was getting up on tv to debate others, while bringing issues up on national tv. Something he would've never been able to do if he ran in the Libertarian platform. He is a Libertarian. His goal was to open up the conversation, to get us to talk about the issues, to encourage us to run for office in our community and spread freedom and liberty messages to everyone.

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  11. Thumbs up if you're glad you "wasted your vote" on Ron Paul!

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  12. If you vote for Ron Paul, it'll show in the system you didn't vote at all. Gary Johnson

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  13. Come on now, stop trolling the Ron Paul bots. They are angy enough as it is. Most of us knew Ron Paul never had a chance but these young naive conspiracy buff kids actually thought some sort of miracle was going to happen at the Tampa convention LMFAO. Who do you support for president then?

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  14. Actually, he had MORE than 5 states! The real problem was that his delegates were side swiped with rule changes just before the convention that hindered his supporters from being counted and heard. Once it was all over with, wouldn't you know... they changed the rules back to it's original state. You are part of the blame for helping douche bags like Mitt and Obama get into office. Both of whom will continue to burn this country down! THANKS asshole!!

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  15. "The RNC followed the rules" -you

    I'm sorry that's really all I needed to hear from you to know you are a fucking lunatic.
    I have provided a rule, you just don't want to believe it since its been discussed on RP sites, same with this rule which proves 100% that the RNC cheated and that you are full of shit. How about the new rule which would let Romney (if he wins) just hand pick the delegates next convention? Is that how its always been done? Grassroots are dead. I'm not a kid but you're sad.

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  16. "The RNC followed the rules" -you

    I'm sorry that's really all I needed to hear from you to know you are a fucking lunatic.
    I have provided a rule, you just don't want to believe it since its been discussed on RP sites, same with this rule which proves 100% that the RNC cheated and that you are full of shit. How about the new rule which would let Romney (if he wins) just hand pick the delegates next convention? Is that how its always been done? Grassroots are dead. I'm not a kid but you're sad.

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  17. Unfortunately he is not non-interventionist. He supports humanitarian wars and funding. Also he is very weak on states rights, he wants national legislation allowing gay marriage and doesn't want to overturn Roe V. Wade.

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  18. Just because it was often discussed withing the Ron Paul camp doesn't make it any less true. Now you're just hiding from the truth by trying to dismiss absolute fact.

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  19. Just because it was often discussed withing the Ron Paul camp doesn't make it any less true. Now you're just hiding from the truth by trying to dismiss absolute fact.

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  20. That's because it was the rule that all of us were discussing, of course it would find relevant things. Have you ever searched anything popular on google and found only the one official thing, and nothing that's related to it? No, that's just the internet.

    Again, you are a pathetic lier, there are many states that don't even attempt to bind their delegates, at the Texas convention they even stated that their rules did not matter at the RNC so you could vote for whoever. I am not a child.

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