Ron Paul: US Faces Dead-End Occupation of Pakistan

Wednesday, 18 May 2011 10:14 AM

By Hiram Reisner

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Rep. Ron Paul warns that U.S.-Pakistan relations are so perilous that he believes the United States could be sucked into a quagmire of occupying Pakistan. Repeating Wednesday on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” his claims that the United States should have gone after Osama bin Laden differently, the Texas Republican also said U.S. methodologies have created a civil war in Pakistan.

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Rep. Ron Paul: "We have created a civil war" in Pakistan. (Getty Images Photo)
“The relationship with Pakistan — it’s an impossible situation. Here’s a country that we worked with them, George Bush worked with them, and we captured a lot of bad people, brought over the people responsible for the first bombing of [the World Trade Center] — but now you say we can’t work with them anymore,” Paul said.

“But, we keep bombing them — we kill innocent people there. How can we at one time take a country and pretend that we recognize that they’re our friend, give them billions of dollars to do our bidding, at the same time we kill people over there? And then the people resent this, and they turn against their whole government,” he said. “I see the whole thing as a mess, and I think we’re going to be in Pakistan — I think that’s the next occupation — and I fear it. I think it’s ridiculous and I think our foreign policy is such, we don’t need to be doing this.”

Paul said that, when he talks about taking down bin Laden differently, he is doing so in the context of U.S. foreign policy and not “in the fact of whether or not we should have gotten him.”

“I think what’s the real tragedy is that we didn’t get him 10 years ago when we could have, and should have,” Paul said. “We now have spent a trillion dollars, we’ve lost 5,000 people — our soldiers — in fighting two wars that had nothing to do with bin Laden and, to me, we have to reassess the foreign policy, just like we have to reassess our economic policies here.”

Paul was asked whether he had information the United States was planning to occupy Pakistan.

Paul responded that he was basing his statements “on what has happened in the past . . . and all the unintended consequences, and what we have done, and how we are spreading, and the attitudes that have been pervasive in our government for the past 10 years — that we have this obligation to spread our goodness and protect our financial interests.”

“Right now, Pakistan is a big problem,” Paul said. “We have created a civil war there, in the fact that we go over there and we violate their security, and the people rebel against the government because they see their government as being a puppet of the American government.

“So it’s total chaos — and I am afraid we will be in Pakistan trying to occupy that country, and it probably will be very unsuccessful.”

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