Food For Thought...

Statement of Congressman Ron Paul
United States House of Representatives
February 12, 2009

What If...

  • ... we wake up one day and realize that the terrorist threat is a predictable consequence of our meddling in the affairs of others?
  • ... propping up repressive regimes in the Middle East endangers both the United States and Israel?
  • ... occupying countries like Iraq and Afghanistan – and bombing Pakistan – is directly related to the hatred directed toward us and has nothing to do with being free and prosperous?
  • ... someday it dawns on us that losing over 5,000 American military personnel in the Middle East since 9/11 is not a fair trade-off for the loss of nearly 3,000 American citizens, no matter how many Iraqi, Pakistani, and Afghan people are killed or displaced?
  • ... we finally decide that torture, even if called “enhanced interrogation techniques,” is self-destructive and produces no useful information – and that contracting it out to a third world nation is just as evil?
  • ... it is finally realized that war and military spending is always destructive to the economy?
  • ... all wartime spending is paid for through the deceitful and evil process of inflating and borrowing?
  • ... we finally see that wartime conditions always undermine personal liberty?
  • ... conservatives, who preach small government, wake up and realize that our interventionist foreign policy provides the greatest incentive to expand the government?
  • ... conservatives understood once again that their only logical position is to reject military intervention and managing an empire throughout the world?
  • ... the American people woke up and understood that the official reasons for going to war are almost always based on lies and promoted by war propaganda in order to serve special interests?
  • ... we as a nation came to realize that the quest for empire eventually destroys all great nations?
  • ... Obama has no intention of leaving Iraq?
  • ... if a military draft is being planned for the wars that will spread if our foreign policy is not changed?
  • ... the American people learn the truth: that our foreign policy has nothing to do with national security and that it never changes from one administration to the next?
  • ... war and preparation for war is a racket serving the special interests?
  • ... President Obama is completely wrong about Afghanistan and it turns out worse than Iraq and Vietnam put together?
  • ... Christianity actually teaches peace and not preventive wars of aggression?
  • ... diplomacy is found to be superior to bombs and bribes in protecting America?
What happens if my concerns are
completely unfounded?

What happens if my concerns are
justified and ignored?
Nothing good!

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