Ron Paul joins CNBC to discuss the economy, US Debt, the constitutionality of war, and foreign policy. (Video follows excerpt and commentary)
The whole thing is insane what we do. I mean it’s wasteful, it hurts us, it hurts our national defense. And literally every time you hear that a Taliban person was killed, the Taliban is more or less the people who are trying to defend their country. And every time you kill one and you kill a lot of innocent people over there, their families are dedicated toward trying to kill Americans in compensation. We just don’t have any business over there. It doesn’t serve our interests, it’s bankrupting our country and it exposes us to a lot more danger. And I’ll tell you what, a lot of people are waking up to this.
In addition to Mr. Paul’s remarks, what’s most interesting from this interview is the response of CNBC talking heads, who seemingly can’t believe what Ron Paul is saying. Now that President Obama is on board, it seems that all of those who were once opposed to the policies of the Bush administration now agree with the Obama administration – even though nothing has changed in the way our foreign policy is administered.
When President Bush was in office, roughly half of America opposed military action in the middle east. Now that President Obama is in office, a good portion of that half of Americans is now on board.
When Bush was in office, the other side argued that unless Congress declares war, it is illegal. They argued that we need to talk to other countries first and resolve our problems peacefully instead of just bombing them – then candidate Obama said he would do exactly this with Iran. Democrats argued that we should be fighting Al Queda and not the Taliban. They also made a big stink about corporate interests controlling Washington and the fascist direction in which our nation was moving.
Today, this has changed. So long as it is a democrat pursuing these policies, it is no longer a problem.
This is a clear demonstration of how ridiculous the two-party system is, and how those who hold party-line views without the ability to consider opposing ideas are simply brainwashed. All of a sudden, our foreign policy is defended by the very same people who opposed it less than a couple years ago.
Ron Paul is correct when he suggests that the whole thing is insane.
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