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. I wish Ron Paul would get a better mic...

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  2. The GOP don't want Ron Paul. It's probably fair to say the majority of "Republicans" don't want him. But give him a fair shot and I know the majority of "Americans" would follow him. S I get what you are saying. I know Romney was already ordained, the RNC was a charade, as was the DNC. There is no more FREE choice in US politics. Question is, what are you guys gonna do about it? Needs to be more than commenting on YouTube. You're very nation is at stake.

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  3. Hey schmukraker, that rule, which hadn't even been proposed at the time of the Alaska, Nevada, Louisianna, or any other State convention, did not give rise to YOUR claim of Ron Paul delegates being "disruptive" at State Conventions. The least you could do is keep track of your lies. But you know what they say "Stupid is as stupid does"

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  4. you forgot Obamas dislike bar too.

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  5. Thank you. I never intended to mislead and I have done my homework in this area. I think the right, and voting is a right, to vote is and should be one of the most cherished rights defended by our government. The shame is that voting has devolved from a right to a sham. At least 8 of every 10 vote tallying machines in the US is a touch screen or punch card tabulator. These machines are demonstrably unreliable and security is negligible when present at all. You can't even write-in a candidate.

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  6. Write in Ron Paul for 2012 President is online!

    Vote and spread it like wildfire!

    http://writeinron2012.com/writeinBlog/about-us/

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    A vote on principles is much better than a No Vote — and a trillion times better than voting for what one perceives as the “lesser of two evils”!

    My take:

    This election has been reduced again to voting for the “lesser of two evils” (but which one is the “lesser”?).
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    All indicators point that Rmoney is the CHOSEN ONE by the NY and London Banks (the International Banksters that control the Federal Reserve) and by Israel.

    Since their goals are directly opposite to the well-being of our Nation, by deduction this Bought-And-Paid-For-Mitt-Mutton-Puppet MUST NOT win!

    [[Should Rmoney win --- expect the US to start an all out war against Iran to protect Israel from a possible single atomic bomb being developed in...10 years from now...? (certainly not to protect the US from such silly and nonthreatening remote eventuality) within a week of this creature taking office.

    What's even more worrisome, is this Creature's Control of the GOP (forcing a fraudulent "Aye" vote at the RNC convention), thus assuring It won't be opposed to win a 2nd term!

    Eight years of Mutton-Mitt will mean a COMPLETE AND TOTAL DESTRUCTION OF THE USA --- when wars will be started at a drop of an Israeli Hat (sorry, meant to say: yamaka), when the US Constitution will become null-and-void, when the US Dollar will finally become utterly worthless, by a phone call from his Banker Masters (who'll call in their chips).]]
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    On the other-hand — the BO Creature will have 4 more years to further plunge us into Socialism and suck us dry through more taxation and further devaluation of the US Dollar and the attempted destruction of our Constitutional Rights.

    This creature will, however, be hampered by some republican wins in both Houses, thus having most of its venomous teeth pulled during its 2nd term.

    [[However, should the BO see itself not as a clear winner, it will assure its reelection by attacking Iran with two weeks to go (mid-to-late October) --- since a "patriotic" War always guarantees the "Commander-and-Chief" a sure win!]]
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    Conclusion:

    Either subhuman will get us into never ending wars and ever closer to loss of All Liberty, All Prosperity and the eventual Total End of Our Nation as Free People!

    For which “lesser evil” will you vote, now?
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    I, for one (and my family and friends) will not be party to such infamy! If either of these Horrible Creatures wins, at least we’ll have a clear conscience that we did not compromise our principles by acknowledging their existence in the voting booths!

    We will vote our Conscience — Writing In Dr. Ron Paul!

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  7. As I have found out and admitted that I was wrong on some states have changed how the "write-in candidate" is done. There are good many states that US the actual ballot write-in. All I asked was does Kentucky still have the "write-in''on the ballot & I was told yes. It was not until after this conversation with you that I found out it is not the true write-in on the ballot as the voter can not write in the name of a qualified individual. There are many states still using the older system.

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  8. French Canadian/Surfisher or anyone else,
    Wanted to get some ideas and maybe links for my son who is competing again in the Voice of Democracy essay and speech contest. They must write a 3-5 minute speech and record it and the theme this year Is the Constitution Still Relevant? Both my children went to the state level and 3/4 of the students who won their local and district competitions were home-school students. We were so impressed with these young people. This is sponsored annually by the Veterans of Foreign Wars. They have a competition for students in 6-8th grade and 9th-12th grade. The theme is different for each level-junior and senior high. Love to hear your ideas and any resources I should pass on to my son.

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  9. Please stop lying.
    The so called disruptions you refer to were at State conventions. Alaska, Louisiana, Nevada. These so called disruptions revolved on issues at the 2012
    State conventions. Please stop lying.

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  10. Hey dumb ass. he was never seriously trying to become President of the United States. He was not promoting himself to become president. He is still collecting campaign contributions and SPENDING it. He spent about a half million in August. The white trash advisers from the Von Mises Institute are getting rich off schmucks like you. The RNC rule changes goes into effect in 2016. It did not apply to 2012 dumb ass. You're confused as fuck.

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  11. Hey dumb ass. he was never seriously trying to become President of the United States. He was not promoting himself to become president. He is still collecting campaign contributions and SPENDING it. He spent about a half million in August. The white trash advisers from the Von Mises Institute are getting rich off schmucks like you. The RNC rule changes goes into effect in 2016. It did not apply to 2012 dumb ass. You're confused as fuck.

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  12. More lies from the Left. How surprising.

    What Liberty promoters support is sound money, sound foreign policy, and a Federal Goverment limited to the confines explicitly set out in the Constitution. These goals do not change with the passing of Ron Paul. They existed prior to Ron Paul and will not vary after he has left politics. Troll harder. Conservatives and Liberty minded people don't lobby for candidates. We lobby for ideas that only some candidates support.

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  13. More lies from the Left. How surprising.

    What Liberty promoters support is sound money, sound foreign policy, and a Federal Goverment limited to the confines explicitly set out in the Constitution. These goals do not change with the passing of Ron Paul. They existed prior to Ron Paul and will not vary after he has left politics. Troll harder. Conservatives and Liberty minded people don't lobby for candidates. We lobby for ideas that only some candidates support.

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  14. Insisting a Convention abide by the Rules that Convention members decided upon prior to the Convention is a disruption. You're worse than a Liberal when you're not being just like one.
    So what do you get paid per post? Sane people don't post the demonstrably false statements you do w/o remuneration.
    Yeah dim bulb, Ron Paul was promoting himself. To be the President.

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  15. Insisting a Convention abide by the Rules that Convention members decided upon prior to the Convention is a disruption. You're worse than a Liberal when you're not being just like one.
    So what do you get paid per post? Sane people don't post the demonstrably false statements you do w/o remuneration.
    Yeah dim bulb, Ron Paul was promoting himself. To be the President.

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  16. What part of qualified to appear on the ballot do you not understand?
    In defense you offer the method to qualify and not appear on any ballot. Brilliant!

    You're claim is that there is a "write-in" block on the punch card ballot. Troll harder.

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  17. What part of qualified to appear on the ballot do you not understand?
    In defense you offer the method to qualify and not appear on any ballot. Brilliant!

    You're claim is that there is a "write-in" block on the punch card ballot. Troll harder.

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  18. The problem is Ron Paul supporters only see Ron Paul as the Answer. And Ron Paul is telling them to vote their conscience. For some reason they a deaf to that statement. But I think even Ron Paul understands the system is fixed. If these people want to take their country back they have to organize themselves. Dr. Paul will teach them but he will not lead them. He is not a militant.

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  19. The problem is Ron Paul supporters only see Ron Paul as the Answer. And Ron Paul is telling them to vote their conscience. For some reason they a deaf to that statement. But I think even Ron Paul understands the system is fixed. If these people want to take their country back they have to organize themselves. Dr. Paul will teach them but he will not lead them. He is not a militant.

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  20. I will add that even if this did happen, based off what I have learned, and Ron Paul did run & win the peoples vote he would still not make president. It was for the same reason he did not win at the RNC. Whom ever Goldman-Sachs (I'm sure you know this group) has backed going back to Carter has been elected president. In 2008 is was Obama. This season it is Mitt Romney. Goldman-Sacks is part of a larger organization named Bilderberg Group. We could argue about voting machines but it is rigged.

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