Ron Paul: Growing US Presence in Mideast an 'Outrage'

Tuesday, 19 Apr 2011 08:41 PM

By Hiram Reisner

  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
|  A   A  
  Copy Shortlink
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.

ron,paul“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.”

© 2014 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Copy Shortlink
Send me more news as it happens.
Get me on The Wire
Send me more news as it happens.
Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
Zip Code:
Privacy: We never share your email.
Hot Topics
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
You May Also Like

'Frozen': Most Popular Toy in Holiday Survey Dethrones Barbie

Tuesday, 25 Nov 2014 19:46 PM

Barbie has been the most popular holiday gift for more than a decade, but this year the iconic doll will have to let it  . . .

Nor'easter, Snow Threaten Northeast Travel Ahead of Thanksgiving

Tuesday, 25 Nov 2014 17:50 PM

The Northeast is bracing for a Nor'easter that is expected to snarl holiday travel plans on Wednesday . . .

Michael Hanline Freed After 1980 Murder Conviction Overturned

Tuesday, 25 Nov 2014 15:34 PM

Michael Hanline, who was convicted of murder in 1980, was released on bail Monday after prosecutors said they are no lon . . .

Top Stories

Newsmax, Moneynews, Newsmax Health, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, and Newsmax World are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved