Retired Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas) called in to Fox News on Friday, championing his well-known stance of non-interventionism to argue against getting involved militarily in the Algeria hostage crisis, in which one American was killed.
Painting the idea as a "foolish" proposition, Paul argued that current anti-Americanism in the Middle East and North Africa had been fostered by a perpetual cycle in which the U.S. has felt compelled to send troops to deal with crises in the region, in turn inviting "blowback."
It's "clear that we should have followed the Founders’ advice of staying out the entangling alliances and staying out of internal affairs of other nations, mind our own business and save a dollar now and then, because we’re flat-out broke," the libertarian-leaning former presidential candidate claimed.
Fox News' Neil Cavuto countered, however, asking Paul if it would be acceptable to give terrorists "free run" even if it was clear that the perpetrators "hated us" and wanted Americans dead.
“They might ask the same question,” Paul said. “What if we didn’t hate Muslims? We have to bring up a lot of hatred for us to go 6,000 miles away and kill people with drones. This is where the conflict is coming. We have to beat the drums of war in this hatred that we go over and do these things and then all of a sudden we have an epidemic of suicides of American soldiers that come back [asking], ‘What am I doing over here shooting drone missiles and little kids dying?’”
Paul went on, referencing recent military suicide tallies -- which last year reached a record high at 349 -- and suggested that the trend, as well as terrorist retaliation, would only "get a lot worse as long as we think we are the king of the world.”
With that, Paul signed off, leaving Cavuto to introduce his next guest, former CIA agent and waterboarding supporter Wayne Simmons.
Simmons quickly took the opportunity to offer a rebuttal to Paul, arguing that "if we did act like kings of the world much more often and showed how powerful we were, we would not be having all the mayhem.”