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.



style="display:inline-block;width:728px;height:90px"
data-ad-client="ca-pub-3666212842414688"
data-ad-slot="9478233584">

»crosslinked«

Likes(0)Dislikes(0)

355 Comments:

  1. Ron Paul is right about everything.

    Likes(0)Dislikes(0)

    Like or Dislike: Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

  2. Ron Paul is right about everything.

    Likes(0)Dislikes(0)

    Like or Dislike: Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

  3. I wanna write Ron Paul in, but I'm Canadian.. :(

    Likes(0)Dislikes(0)

    Like or Dislike: Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

  4. I wanna write Ron Paul in, but I'm Canadian.. :(

    Likes(0)Dislikes(0)

    Like or Dislike: Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

  5. I ''liked'' the video yet my like is not counted! What is up with that..

    Likes(0)Dislikes(0)

    Like or Dislike: Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

  6. I ''liked'' the video yet my like is not counted! What is up with that..

    Likes(0)Dislikes(0)

    Like or Dislike: Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

  7. Wow!

    Likes(0)Dislikes(0)

    Like or Dislike: Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

  8. Those committing violence world wide are pawns of the elite demonstrating stupidity due to a lack of sulfur and the toxins of industry and the needle and the damage done.
    Ron can you endorse Anonymous for President 2012?
    Dancing with the Candidates will be 4 November 2012, can you dance?
    One name, one write in vote per person and we get our government back, no electoral college needed.

    Likes(0)Dislikes(0)

    Like or Dislike: Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

  9. Yeah, Ron Paul's foreign policy is mind our own business and let the world fend for it's self. And if Russia and China can out muscle everybody and rule the world that's ok. But does not stop to think America would be isolated and have to fend for it's self during a war with two superpowers that don't like us. And would prefer to rule the world without America being around.

    Likes(0)Dislikes(0)

    Like or Dislike: Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

  10. We have military bases around the world to keeps peace and stability Taiwan. We've had military bases there for many years and they've kept China from attacking and reclaiming the island. We have military bases in europe to keep Russia in check. Russia to this day want's control over europe. China want's control over asia. If we allow them to take control of regions the west will become isolated and a shortage of freedom will follow behind. It's in our best interest to police

    Likes(0)Dislikes(0)

    Like or Dislike: Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

  11. We have military bases around the world to keeps peace and stability Taiwan. We've had military bases there for many years and they've kept China from attacking and reclaiming the island. We have military bases in europe to keep Russia in check. Russia to this day want's control over europe. China want's control over asia. If we allow them to take control of regions the west will become isolated and a shortage of freedom will follow behind. It's in our best interest to police

    Likes(0)Dislikes(0)

    Like or Dislike: Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

  12. We have military bases around the world to keeps peace and stability Taiwan. We've had military bases there for many years and they've kept China from attacking and reclaiming the island. We have military bases in europe to keep Russia in check. Russia to this day want's control over europe. China want's control over asia. If we allow them to take control of regions the west will become isolated and a shortage of freedom will follow behind. It's in our best interest to police

    Likes(0)Dislikes(0)

    Like or Dislike: Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

  13. Look at the dislike bar, you can hardly see it... Look at Mitt Romneys video's, YOU CAN SEE IT.

    Likes(0)Dislikes(0)

    Like or Dislike: Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

  14. Look at the dislike bar, you can hardly see it... Look at Mitt Romneys video's, YOU CAN SEE IT.

    Likes(0)Dislikes(0)

    Like or Dislike: Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

  15. Your just another Mitt Romney/Barack Obama supporter who does not know whats coming for United States of either one of them get elected.

    Likes(0)Dislikes(0)

    Like or Dislike: Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

  16. he is not 1 of the nominee's.the nominee's are obama,romney,and Gary johnson,ill be voting for Gary Johnson.is about principles,not the candidate.

    Likes(0)Dislikes(0)

    Like or Dislike: Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

  17. *course

    Likes(0)Dislikes(0)

    Like or Dislike: Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

  18. The way I see it 2.5million people voted for Ron Paul in the nomination and thats not even factoring the blatant voter fraud and censorship. If just 10%, 250,000, protested the Federal Reserve and Capitol Hill peacefully it would be enough to change the coarse of American History. There will be only three demands.
    1. The Audit of the Federal Reserve/Arrest of corrupto politicians, bankers, and corporations.
    2. A new transparent government by and for the people.
    3. End of status quote.

    Likes(0)Dislikes(0)

    Like or Dislike: Thumb up 1 Thumb down 0

  19. Check out Congressmen Justin Amash; if you like Dr. Ron Paul, Amash will strike a chord with you as well.

    Likes(0)Dislikes(0)

    Like or Dislike: Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

  20. So much common sense in four minutes.. I'm so used to bullshit I can't handle it!

    Likes(0)Dislikes(0)

    Like or Dislike: Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *


two × 1 =

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>