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Ron Paul: US Aid to Ukraine Won't Help

By    |   Wednesday, 05 March 2014 05:14 PM

Former U.S. Rep. Ron Paul says a $1 billion aid package pledged by the White House to Ukraine won't be effective because such money never gets into the right hands.

Billions of dollars in aid were sent to Egypt, Libya, and Syria in recent years, but nothing has improved in those countries, he said Wednesday on Fox News Channel's "Your World with Neil Cavuto."

"It always backfires," said the former Republican and Libertarian presidential candidate.

Paul said he thinks support from most members of Congress and most Americans is well-intentioned, but he also thinks there are ulterior motives behind it.

"We don't have clean hands," he said. "Sometimes it has to do with energy and special interests and the military-industrial complex."

Foreign aid takes money from poor people in the United States and gives it to rich people in other countries, he said, usually with obligations attached: "We'll send you this money as long as you buy this contract and buy some goods and services from the United States."

Paul, who is often accused of isolationism, says he is happy that European countries and Russia are being forced to work together because Europe buys most of its natural gas from Russia. Economic ties prevent war, he said, and are not isolationism. Economic sanctions, he said, would constitute isolationism.

"Today, we're less likely to fight China because of economic interests," he said. "When I was in high school, of course, we were killing each other."

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