All Ron Paul CNN Foreign Policy Debate Highlights



Ron Paul leading anti-war voice in Congress we should only go to the war when the people in this country declare the war Texas congressman Ron Paul I'm Ron Paul a congressman from Texas I am pleased to be here the debate because this is a very important debate but I am convinced that needless and unnecessary wars are a great detriment they undermine our prosperity and our liberties they add to our deficits and they consume our welfare we should take a careful look at our foreign policy our leadoff question is from the Honorable ed Meese the former attorney General of the United States is representing the Heritage Foundation at least 42 terrorist attacks aimed at the United States have been thwarted since 9/11 tools like the Patriot Act have been instrumental in finding and stopping terrorists shouldn't we have a long-range extension of the investigative powers contained in that Act so that our law enforcement officers can have the tools that they need Congressman Paul I suspect you disagree I do tell us why I think I think the Patriot is unpatriotic because it undermines our Liberty I'm concerned as everybody is about the terrorist attack Timothy McVeigh was a vicious terrorist he was arrested terrorism still on the books internationally nationally is a criminal is a crime and we should deal with it we dealt with it rather well with Timothy McVeigh but when why I really fear it is we have drifted into a condition that we were warned against because our early founders were very clear they said don't be willing to sacrifice Liberty for security today it seems too easy that our government and our Congress is are so willing to give up our liberties for our security I have a personal belief that you never have to give up Liberty for security you can still provide security without sacrificing our Bill of Rights I want to bring others in but you want to respond mr. speaker yeah Timothy McVeigh succeeded that's the whole point Sinnott Timothy McVeigh killed a lot of Americans I don't want a law that says after we lose a major American city we're sure going to come and find you I want a law that says you try to take out an American city we're going to stop you this is like saying that we need a policeman in every house a camera in every house because we want to prevent child beating and and wife beating you can prevent crimes by becoming a police state so if you advocate the police state yes you can have safety and security and you might prevent a crime but the crime then will be against the American people and guess our freedoms and we will throw out so much of what our our Revolution was fought for so don't do it so carelessly this profiling who would be profound well the folks who are most likely to be committing these crimes if you look at I mean obviously it was people obviously Muslims would be up would be someone you'd look at absolutely those are the folks who had the radical Muslims are the people that that are committing these crimes as we said by and large as well as younger males I mean these are things that not exclusively but these are things that you profile to to find your rest the most likely candidate Congressman Paul digging up that's digging a hole for ourselves what if they look like Timothy McVeigh you know he was pretty tough criminals I think we're using too much carelessness in the use of words that were at war I don't remember voting on it on a declare declaration of war or war against terrorism and terrorism is a tactic it isn't a person it isn't the people so this is a very careless use of words what about this sacrifice liberties because they're terrorists you're the judge and the jury know their suspects and they have changed the in the VOD budget they have changed the wording on the different definition of al-qaeda and Taliban it's anybody associated with organizations which means almost anybody can be loosely associated so that makes all Americans vulnerable and now we know that American citizens are vulnerable to assassination so I would be very cautious about protecting the rule of law it will be a sacrifice that you'll be sorry for is it okay for Muslim Americans to get more intensive pat downs or security when they go through airports than Christian Americans or Jewish Americans no blitz that's oversimplifying I happen to believe that if if you allow our intelligence agencies to do that job they can come up with an approach I'm sorry bless I'm it wolf okay since we ona cuz we're on a blitz debate I agree with Ron Paul we are not fighting a war on terrorism terrorism is a tactic if Israel attacked Iran to prevent Iran from getting nuclear weapons would you help Israel launch the attack Congressman Paul would you support Israel and help Israel in such an attack no I wouldn't do that but there'd be good reasons because I don't expect it to happen because you know the Mossad leader that just retired said it would be the stupidest thing to do in the world and it's a big argument over in Israel they're not about to do this they've just pulled 40 major experts on foreign policy here by the National Journal not one of them said there should be a unilateral attack on on the sites in Iran so this is not going to happen and if it did you're supposing that if it did why does this rule need our help we need to get out of their way I mean we interfere with them we did we interfere with them when they deal with their borders when they want to have peace treaties we tell them what they can do because we buy their allegiance and they sacrifice their sovereignty to us and then they decide they want to bomb something that's their business but they should you know suffer the consequences when they bombed the Iraqi missile site a nuclear site back in the 80s I was one of the few in Congress that said it's none of our business and Israel should take care of themselves Israel has 200-300 nuclear missiles and they can take care of themselves why should we commit we don't even have a treaty with Israel why why do we have this automatic commitment that we're gonna send our kids and send their money endlessly to to Israel so I think they're quite capable taking themselves they can hear themselves I think we do detriment just think of all the money we gave to Egypt over 30 or 40 years now look that we were buying friendship now there's a civil war they're less friendly to Israel that whole thing is gonna backfire once we go bankrupt and we remove our troops so I think we should be very cautious in our willingness to go to war and send troops without a proper declaration by the US Congress my name is Paul Wolfowitz I'm a visiting scholar at the American Enterprise Institute and my question is about Development Assistance under george w bush who was a conservative republican the United States spent billions of dollars to fight AIDS in malaria in Africa and elsewhere and set up the Millennium Challenge corporation to encourage governments of poor countries to pursue policies that promote economic growth and job creation do you believe those are still wise expenditures or do you think that we can no longer afford them Ron Paul I think the aid is all worthless it doesn't do any good for most of the people you take money from poor people in this country and you end up giving it to rich people in poor countries and there you says weapons of war so you accomplish nothing we should export some maybe some principles about free markets and sound money and maybe they could produce some of their their own wealth but this whole idea of talking about the endless wars in the endless foreign aid it seems like nobody cares about the budget I mean we we're in big trouble and nobody wants to cut anything so if you're gonna keep sending foreign aid overseas and these endless wars that you don't have to declare and go into Libya without even consulting with the Congress the biggest threat the biggest threat to our national cure security is our financial condition and this is just aggravating Congressman Paul what they're doing is cutting a trillion dollars out of the defense budget they're cutting a trillion dollars out of the defense budget which just happens to equal the trillion dollars are putting into Obamacare and so what you have is a president that has a priority of spending us into bankruptcy but he's not just spending us into bankruptcy he's better than money foolishly we need to protect America and protect our troops and our military and stop the idea of Obamacare that's the best way to save money not the military hold on one second because Ron Paul wants to respond to that point well they're not cutting anything out of anything all this talk is just talking away at baseline budgeting it's automatic increases there's nothing cut against the military and the people on the hill are near Hillary hysterical because they're not going the budget isn't going up as rapidly as they wanted to it's a road to disaster we better wake up okay let's – I'd like to turn it back a little bit little closer to home and talk about what's going on in the border our southern border as all of you know the drug related crimes and violence are getting heavier and heavier in that area first you consider that to be a national interest threat and secondly what could we be doing with the Mexican government to help stop these drug cartels senator Perry you represent the state with the longest border with Mexico right now what do you think you should do if you were President of the United States as far as using the United States military well let me kind of broaden it out I think it's time for a 21st century Monroe Doctrine Congressman Paul you're from Texas you agree with say you're governor not entirely no the drug war was mentioned I think that's another war we ought to cancel because this is a too but he's benefit and that's where the violence is coming from but yes we do have a national responsibility for our borders what I'm sort of tired of is all the money spent and lives lost worrying about the borders between Pakistan and Afghanistan forgetting about our borders between the United States and Mexico we should think more about you know what we're doing we need better immigration services obviously but you know if you subsidize something or give people incentives you get more of it so if you give easy road to citizenship you're gonna have more illegals if you have a a weak economy which is understandable we should have prevented that's understandable but giving mandating to the states and to Texas that we have to provide free medical care and free education that's a great burden is a great burden to California and all the border states so I would say eliminate all these benefits and talk about eliminating the welfare state because it's detrimental not only to here but the people that come because that's the incentive to bring their families with them but I just wanted you to clarify when you say cancel the war on drugs does that mean legalize all these drugs I think the federal war on drugs is a total failure you can at least let sick people have marijuana because it's helpful but be compassionate conservatives say well we can't do this we're going to put people who are sick and dying with cancer and they're being helped with marijuana if they have multiple sclerosis the federal government's going in there and overriding state laws and putting people like that in prison why don't we handle the drugs like we had alcohol I'll go is a deadly drug what about the real deadly drugs are the prescription drugs they kill a lot more people than the illegal drugs so the drug war is out of control I fear the drug war because it undermines our civil liberties it magnifies our problems on the borders we spend like over the last 40 years two trillion dollars on this war and believe me the kids can still get the drugs it just hasn't worked Herman Jane let me let you weigh in yes the United States adopted a policy of disengagement with Somalia after its retreat following Blackhawk down today an al-qaeda affiliate al-shabaab controls significant territory in that country what can the United States do to prevent al-shabaab composing the same threat that al-qaeda did from Afghanistan 10 years ago Congressman Paul you're talking about al-qaeda correct you have to understand who the al-qaeda really is the al-qaeda responds in a very deliberate fashion matter of fact Paul Wolfowitz explained it very clearly after 9/11 he said that al-qaeda is inspired by the fact that we had bases in Saudi Arabia so if you want to inspire al-qaeda just meddle in that region that will inspire the al-qaeda better back he went on to say that that was a good reason for us to remove the base that we had had in 15 years in in Saudi Arabia that we shouldn't have done that so there is a response al-qaeda responds to that and they are quite annoyed with us so if you've dropped if you have a no-fly zone over Syria that's an act of war what if we had China put a no-fly zone over our territorial I don't think I don't think we would like that and I think we should practice a policy of goodwill to to other people what what about saying that we don't do anything to any other country that we don't have them do to us when we have a no-fly zone over Iraq it was four meant to be regime change Dali's that want to have regime change but what is our business why should we spend more money and more lives to get involved in another war that's an that is the internal affairs of the other nations and we don't want we don't need another nation to start nation-building we have way too many already so this is just looking for more trouble I would say why don't we mind our own business congressman I worry most about overreaction on our part getting involved in another war when we don't need to when we haven't been attacked and our national security has not been as friend and I worry a lot about people never have come around to understanding who the Taliban is and why they are motivated Taliban doesn't mean they want to come here and kill us the Taliban means they want to kill us over there because all they want to do is get people who occupy their country out of their country just like we would if anybody tried to occupy Governor Perry

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  1. Ron Paul makes more sense then mitt Romney. It's sad that he didn't get to debate Obama. That would a been a great debate to watch

  2. Dr. Paul would have gone down as the greatest president of all time had he won in 2012. It is an absolute shame that both the deep state and public (through ignorance) kept this man out of the White House.

  3. 6:36 "Israel should take care of themselves. They have 200-300 nuclear missiles. We don't even have a treaty to Israel, why do we have this automatic commitment to send ours kids and send our money endlessly to Israel". Zionism – right in your face.

  4. I miss you Paul, I miss you running for presidency. I do enjoy your show and all you've done, but I really miss the standing voice with a huge backing. If I didn't fuck my life away, I wish I could've done what you did and I hope there are more out there that will be like Paul. Peace..

  5. See all these OLD FUCKERS are for WAR because OMG THERE"S NO MONEY IN PEACE HEAVEN FUCKING FORBID we want peace EVER i mean seriously when will anyone learn 🙁 Fighting won't equal Peace but like i said NO MONEY IN PEACE 🙁 so until we the PEOPLE say ENOUGH 🙁 these WAR MONGERS will keep killing our kids over THERE GREEDY FUCKING BULLSHIT

  6. Spending one trillion for military instead of health care is just insane, it's almost like dictator speech. How can such a guy be a candidate of the united states??

  7. LOOK WHO THEY GET TO ASK QUESTIONS!!! the worst scum U.N. puppets available!
    And still, Dr. Paul breaks it off on 'em, and these clowns HAVE to BOW DOWN.

  8. If Ron Paul would register as an Independent and run for the President of the United States I will support him and help him win the election on the street level.

  9. But Mr. Speaker we wouldn't of stopped Timmy with the Patriot Act.  We haven't stopped any terrorists because of the Patriot Act.  

  10. we're rationalizing with psychopaths who have control over the whole big picture..
    you can't explain compassion to a psychopath who has never experienced guilt or emotional attachment.. no reasoning with them!…. get em outta the system.

  11. Our current foreign policy within this administration is the biggest threat to American national security. #RonP2016 #RandP2016

  12. You should have a long range investigation of 9/11 and WHAT REALLY HAPPENED. The widows are still grieving with loss and irresponsible misinformation.

  13. Osama bin Laden wasn't part of the CIA. The Afghan Arabs had their own resources and there isn't any proof that Osama worked for the CIA.

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