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Ron Paul on Nobel Award and Foreign Policy

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I've received several questions today on what I thought about President Obama winning the Nobel peace prize. I actually wasn't totally shocked that it happened but at least it gives us a chance to talk a little bit about foreign policy. It's a bit ironic for him to win the Nobel Peace Prize because the application had to be in on February 1st, he had been in office a total 12 days And during that short period of time time he had already given orders and supported extension of the bombing in Pakistan where some civilians were killed. His policy is not exactly pro-peace. His tone is better and he talks about more negotiations but he is a much bigger internationalist and I believe that winning this Nobel prize represents more internationalism and more UN / NATO type approaches to world affairs but the idea that it's a real symbol of a great move toward peace? I think there's some real shortcomings on that. But the one thing that bothers me the most though about this is that presidents very often win with a more pro-peace program and then Obama was honestly more pro-peace than McCain, and people expected a less militant type of foreign policy Matter of fact President Bush, in the year 2000, took the position we shouldn't have nationbuilding and we shouldn't be the policemen of the world and yet look at what happened. Right now I think what is happening is that Obama has been able to totally neutralize the anti-war coalitions that have existed around the country. The anti-war left doesn't exist anymore. Code Pink now supports Obama's position in Afghanistan. So this to me is very sad, that it's happening. It reminds me of what happens when we elect conservative presidents. We elect a president to have less government and balanced-budget and less spending. And yet we get them in office and they do exactly the opposite and there's no resistance from the conservative base. and now there's no resistance of much value in the liberal base to be opposed to war. Right now it looks like war will continue over there Obama wants more troops in Afghanistan, more bombing in Pakistan. It looks like Pakistan is going to be the front of the war. There's been no significant troop reduction in Iraq. We've armed the Sunnis over there and when the war breaks out once again the Sunnis will have the weapons that are going to kill Shiites and maybe Americans So this debate about what we should be doing over there really isn't a debate. There should be a debate on should we be there and why are we there and should we win the war versus we shouldn't be there. No, the debate is how many troops do we send? Should the front lines be in Afghanistan or to the front lines be in Pakistan And how many contractors should replace the soldiers that we're removing from Iraq. It's the wrong, wrong debate. This whole idea that you can give the president a Nobel Peace Prize and think it's going to be a promotion of peace It's sort of like giving Woodrow Wilson the peace prize the Nobel Peace Prize which he did receive. Just think of the harm he has done to the American system and to our government and how much harm he created in the 20th century So these these prizes have to make one point. They can't be credible and in this case a lot of people already are pointing out the irony of a president who has essentially not done anything to get nominated 12 days after he was elected. What is the real goal behind this? Unfortunately I don't think it's a good goal. I think it's internationalism and world government and not peace at all. Someday I'd like to see the pro-peace movement grow. It's still alive and well but it's quiescent and I think there may be less of a coalition It looks to me like if we are going to argue the case for pro-peace and pro American strength without going to war and pro-trade and pro-travel and all these things... it's probably going to have to come from from constitutional conservatives and libertarians and hopefully we can keep persuading as many people who come from the left in support of us on this position rather than them succumbing to the temptation for partisan reasons say, "What ever Obama says, we'll do it. " just like so many conservatives said, "No matter what the president says we will support him. " Some day we have to stand up for what is right and not be so narrow minded in our partisanship.

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Duration: 5 minutes and 12 seconds
Country: United States
Language: English
Views: 149
Posted by: angelatc on Oct 11, 2009

Congressman Ron Paul (R-TX) uses Obama's Peace Prize Award as a chance to discuss overall American foreign policy.

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