Ron Paul: Chuck Hagel & John Brennan Will Carry Out Obama’s Foreign Policy

by Ron Paul

President Obama announced his choices for key national security posts this past week, and there has been both celebration and gnashing of teeth in Washington and around the country. There is widespread belief that either or both of these nominees will have an immediate and profound effect on US policy. However, this belief is really just a mistaken over-emphasis on personnel over policy. We should not forget that cabinet secretaries serve the president, and not the other way around.

Many who object to our continued foreign policy of endless war and empire overseas feel encouraged by Obama’s choice of Senator Hagel to head the Defense Department. Hagel has shown some admirable willingness to advise caution overseas. He is seen as unenthusiastic over the prospects of a US war on Iran, which is certainly to be welcomed. But let us not forget that he did vote for the war against Iraq, he has expressed support for multi-lateral sanctions on Iran, and last year he wrote in the Washington Post that, on Iran, he supports “keeping all options on the table, including the use of military force.”

Nevertheless because he does represent a more moderate voice in foreign policy than the neo-conservatives can tolerate, they are dragging his name through the mud. In choosing Hagel, then, we can hope the president is signaling that he will pursue a less aggressive foreign policy in his second term. But we cannot count on it.

At the same time, the president has chosen John Brennan as Central Intelligence Agency director — a man who is considered the author of Obama’s destructive drone warfare policy, and who as such has been in charge of the president’s secret “kill list” that has already claimed the lives of three American citizens. He claimed in 2011 that there were no collateral deaths from the US drone attacks on Pakistan, which is simply not believable. We also should not forget that as then-CIA director George Tenet’s right hand man during the Bush presidency, Brennan was certainly involved in the manufactured intelligence and lies that led the US to attack Iraq.

The real problem is in placing too much emphasis on the person the president hires to carry out his foreign and defense policy, as it ignores that policy itself. If the president has decided to continue or even expand US military action overseas through more covert warfare and use of special operations forces, which seems to be the case, it will matter little who he chooses to carry out those policies. If the president decides to continue to provide support to rebels in Syria who have dubious ties to Islamic extremists, to continue to meddle in the internal affairs of countless countries overseas, to continue to refuse to even talk with Iran without preconditions, and so on, we will not see a return to foreign policy sanity no matter who occupies what position in the president’s cabinet.

So we should be optimistic that the president may see the wisdom in pursuing a foreign policy that is truly in our national interest, but we should always keep an eye on the policies over the personnel.


  • How you think we feel mate, just the same when you seen the masses hate Margaret Thatcher, then after the evidence of what Socialism done, they continue to blame it all on Privatisation. And despite the destruction Labour & Conservatives have done in Britain since 1945, they still continue supporting them.

    In fact 43% of Britain think the EU is something we need. Talk about being blind & brain-dead. What more does it take to waken these people up?

  • thanks for these updates!

  • thanks for these updates!

  • you must be really miserable…

  • you must be really miserable…

  • ron paul is useless racist old bastard i hope he dies of aids then i will jack off on his corpse

  • I agree with perdue !

  • I agree with perdue !

  • Truth hurts. Thank you, Dr. Paul for saying what needed to be said.

  • John Brennan is the evil drone scientist.

  • Oh and get ready for “Marshall Law” and Gun Control.

  • If he runs in 2016… it’ll be the EXACT same. He’ll win NEARLY every poll, and be treated as if he never even attended the poll in the first place. Can’t wait to move from this “Country”

  • I can’t believe you idiots actually think this is a bad choice. Would you prefer another war-monger as your secretary of defense? Why do Ron Paul followers believe in a black-or-white, all-or-nothing philosophy? A little change goes a long way towards turning things around for the better, and I think this is a step in the right direction.

  • Obummer is just setting us up for the next war without end, our future is fucked.

  • Please watch “ALEX JONES JOHN SAVAGE” and pass it on if you like it

  • Why aren’t they posted on campaign for liberty anymore?

  • I really don’t have any sympathy for the American Public at this point.

    After not supporting this great man, we get what we deserve.

  • your right XD

  • I sure hope so