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.

  • http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=RONPAULFREEDUMB RONPAULFREEDUMB

    He’s misinforming his followers about American history, economics, Constitutional law, you name it. If he is talking about it, he’s spewing ignorance. He is a con artist because he ran for president knowing full well he had no chance of winning the nomination. He even let his followers disrupt the convention when he did not have the states required to put his name up for nomination. He was merely promoting himself. This whole thing was a sham.

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  • http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=MishuTaste MishuTaste

    He didn’t win because most Americans are afraid of the truth. They want a politician to tell them everything is okay. A vote for Ron Paul means self-responsibility instead of asking the president & Congress to bail you out. I’m ready to live in a free society but many of my fellow Americans are in love BIG GOVERNMENT authority. They need someone to tell them how to live and how much money they’re allowed to keep.

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  • http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=MishuTaste MishuTaste

    He didn’t win because most Americans are afraid of the truth. They want a politician to tell them everything is okay. A vote for Ron Paul means self-responsibility instead of asking the president & Congress to bail you out. I’m ready to live in a free society but many of my fellow Americans are in love BIG GOVERNMENT authority. They need someone to tell them how to live and how much money they’re allowed to keep.

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  • http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=MishuTaste MishuTaste

    If most Americans understood the impending inflation crisis, they’d have voted for Ron Paul during the primary election. If you Obama/Romney fanatics think you’ve got problems now, you aint seen nothing yet!

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  • French Canadian

    I almost choke when I read: “unintended consequences”. Yeah… sure “unintended”…sure, sure …lol.

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  • http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=MarcoW Marco W

    Does anyone know why Ron Paul didnt win the Election?? MSM,GOP’s Manipulation and Fraud.. Is it Ron Paul fault?? NO
    ROn Paul never Sold Out but Your Reptile Congressmen Did

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  • French Canadian

    The thing is that USA never tried to liberate these nations. On the contrary, USA is trying to enslave them even deeper. They want them to be part of the Bankster’s scam, so they can install their NWO. A complete domination of the World… a ONE world government unelected and tyranical.

    USA is not only making ennemies in these nations, they are making ennemies all over the World. Just about very country hates America nowaday…. because of their complacent, snobbish and ignorant citizens who allowed their own country to be hyjacked by a bunch of criminal foreign bansksters who want to rule the World.

    Americans better get their act together and wake-up to what their country has become. The clock is ticking. .. time is lacking. But I have no more hope for America, since even supposed informed citizens, are divided among themselves, envious and jealous of people who succeed in awakening millions of people, calling them shills. They bash the BEST of American Patriots and they don’t even realize that by doing so, they are shooting themselves in the foot and are destroying their only chance to take back their country. It makes me sick to my stomach to see this happening… how can they be so self-destructing? Go figure out!.

    “You better hang together or you will hang seperately”

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  • http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=mrdoonbeg mrdoonbeg

    Please explain?

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  • http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=mrdoonbeg mrdoonbeg

    Please explain?

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  • http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=LiesRtrue2 LiesRtrue2

    Well for reading all your past comments on other posts,you are either an idiot,foul mouthed kid or you are an agent provocateur ..
    Now go play nice with all the other kiddies.

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  • http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=Penemuelish Penemuelish

    But why remake the world in the first place?
    The world is fine. The people are fucked. Unfortunately, the fucked up people have the right to behave as fucked up as they want to be. We can’t change those people.

    We can only take care of ourselves, make sure that we have this place in the world were freedom and liberty reigns. Let the fucked up people do their own thing in their fucked up part of the world.
    God bless you, Dr. Paul.

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  • http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=rangers2721 rangers2721

    No, Dr Paul says we should listen to what Gary Johnson has to say and make up our own minds f we support him or not

    I have done what Ron Paul has said and i decided that i do not support him

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  • http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=dancingrizz dancingrizz

    He sold-out! I would’ve wrote his name in not long ago.

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  • http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=wolfpjw wolfpjw

    Thanks, as usual good Doctor

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  • http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=AgApE010 AgApE010

    “We should follow what Dr. Paul wants”

    You guys are sounding more like a cult everyday…

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  • http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=RONPAULFREEDUMB RONPAULFREEDUMB

    He’s misinforming you, not educating you. Ron Paul is a con artist.

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  • http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=RONPAULFREEDUMB RONPAULFREEDUMB

    He’s misinforming you, not educating you. Ron Paul is a con artist.

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  • http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=ssjwes ssjwes

    People saying Ron Paul is a puppet is as dumb as they come.

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  • http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=ssjwes ssjwes

    People saying Ron Paul is a puppet is as dumb as they come.

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  • http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=gary1813 gary1813

    trust me australias going down the tube the agenda 21 way.
    WHERE ALL FUCKED IF THE MASSES DONT WAKE UP IN TIME.
    STILL RON PAUL 2012

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