Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas, calls proliferation of U.S. armed forces in the Middle East an “outrage,” and says he doesn’t understand why the American people tolerate the protracted military interventions. Paul also said Tuesday on MSNBC that the Obama administration’s foreign policy greatly contributes to the nation’s fiscal crisis.
“It’s an outrage, and I can't understand why the American people are tolerating it — as a matter of fact, if you do poll them on this, about 70 percent think we ought to get out of Afghanistan,” Paul said. “Of course, my position is we shouldn’t have gone in, and we should come back from all those regions.”
Paul said President Barack Obama continues to pursue the wrong foreign policy path by trying to force the American way of life — and democracy — on countries that might not be ready for that type of change. The result is unnecessary U.S. involvement and a drain on the nation’s economy.
“A lot of people voted for the president because he had indicated maybe he would have a different foreign policy — and I think they are very disappointed because he has expanded the wars rather than diminishing them,” Paul continued. “I think the foreign policy is a major contributor to our financial problems — I, also, of course, believe the domestic spending is a problem as well — but to me, foreign expenditures in the wars should be the easiest place to cut.”
Paul — a 2008 presidential hopeful, who has been mentioned as a possible contender again in 2012 — also said although what might be happening in Libya and other countries in the region is “horrible,” humanitarian crises do not justify preventive wars.
“No matter how well intentioned it is, you know, there is a blowback — there is a consequence,” he said. “And most of the consequences are unintended and they make our problems much worse for ourselves.”
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