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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  1. You said Kentucky does not have a write-in ballot. Finding it now works differently in each state that does have it. I found we are both right & wrong.
    The candidate must submit the following to the Kentucky Secretary of State:
    1) A "Declaration of Intent To Be A Write-In Candidate" form, which will require the following information:
    The form and fee are due by 4pm, Kentucky time, October 24, 2008.
    The form is available by request from the Kentucky State Board of Elections: 502-573-7100

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  2. You said Kentucky does not have a write-in ballot. Finding it now works differently in each state that does have it. I found we are both right & wrong.
    The candidate must submit the following to the Kentucky Secretary of State:
    1) A "Declaration of Intent To Be A Write-In Candidate" form, which will require the following information:
    The form and fee are due by 4pm, Kentucky time, October 24, 2008.
    The form is available by request from the Kentucky State Board of Elections: 502-573-7100

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  3. wRONg Paul sucks donkey dick! He's a one man losing streak! If he were standing in front of me right now, I'd kick him in the balls and piss on his face!
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  4. wRONg Paul sucks donkey dick! He's a one man losing streak! If he were standing in front of me right now, I'd kick him in the balls and piss on his face!
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  5. If you had watched the RNC You would have seen what is really going on. When the president of the RNC asked all of those in favor of Mitt Romney say yes some delegates said yes. But when as those oppose say no there were definitely more no's that yeses. If there is was any doubt according to the Convention there was suppose to be a paper ballot done in which the delegates could have voted for whichever candidate they wanted. This didn't happen. Romney had been predetermined the winner.

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  6. If you had watched the RNC You would have seen what is really going on. When the president of the RNC asked all of those in favor of Mitt Romney say yes some delegates said yes. But when as those oppose say no there were definitely more no's that yeses. If there is was any doubt according to the Convention there was suppose to be a paper ballot done in which the delegates could have voted for whichever candidate they wanted. This didn't happen. Romney had been predetermined the winner.

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  8. Ron Paul, We The People Stand With you!

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  9. French Canadian,
    Thank you for the USS Liberty video which I posted. I'm trying to point out the false flag operations that have gone on and for people to be awake if another one happens. Love to hear your reaction to the speech on capitol hill that Rand Paul made to stop foreign aid to unfriendly countries, etc.
    http://www.dailypaul.com/

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  11. Yeah Gary Johnson didn't speak at PaulFest or anything! Obama has a magical money tree too! Wheeeeeeee!

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  12. Yeah Gary Johnson didn't speak at PaulFest or anything! Obama has a magical money tree too! Wheeeeeeee!

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  13. Yeah but thats his personal thing, he doesnt want that issue on the Federal level..thats the distinction between Libertarians and the rest that everybody has a hard time deciphering. Alot of those issues (gay marriage, abortion, etc.) are not a Federal issue, they are a state or local issue. Not that they are any less or more important, just not any business of the Federal Government to tell you who you should marry etc. Protecting your liberties with a strong defense should be the only thing

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  14. It's the Gary Johnson supporters that have been paid off by bashing Ron Paul and his supporters all the time! ronpaul2012dotnet watch?v=0Y1egV2Q2FE

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  15. It's the Gary Johnson supporters that have been paid off by bashing Ron Paul and his supporters all the time! ronpaul2012dotnet watch?v=0Y1egV2Q2FE

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  17. Come on people! Are there any sane candidates out there that have NOT been bribed at all?! ronpaul2012dotnet watch?v=0Y1egV2Q2FE

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  18. LOL GTFO youtube you fucking troll.

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  19. LOL GTFO youtube you fucking troll.

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  20. Funny, all the stupid people in this country who would actually bash Ron Paul and didn't support him.

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