Retired Congressman Ron Paul spent some of this past Friday on the Neil Cavuto show of Fox Business, discussing the “what was” hostage situation in Algeria that has since ended with many dead and wounded. During the interview, Paul was nothing shy of veering towards his strict non-interventionist values and labeling the Algeria hostage crisis as being pure blowback for the invasion in Mali, which Islamist extremists ended up admitting anyway.
The former Rep. called out the U.S. interventionist policies around the Middle East and Africa as being the culprit for more concentrated “terrorist” attacks on U.S. and Western figures. It is “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,” Paul stated, alluding to the once favored foreign policy of America.
Fox host, Neil Cavuto argued to Rep. Paul that by leaving the Middle East and Africa alone would only allow Islamist extremists time to organize and become more powerful than they already are. In response Paul explained, “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?’”
Just last week during Texas Straight Talk, a weekly Ron Paul broadcast, former Rep. Paul told viewers that the newly appointed CIA director and Defense Secretary were relatively shaky when it comes to sticking with non-interventionism. John Brennan and Chuck Hagel have received criticism from non-interventionists, with Brennan supporting the expansion of drone strikes overseas and Hagel who voted for the Iraq war.
Paul explained on his radio show in regards to Brennan, “A man who is considered the author of Obama’s destructive drone warfare policy, and who as such has been in charge of the president’s secret “kill list” that has already claimed the lives of three American citizens. He claimed in 2011 that there were no collateral deaths from the US drone attacks on Pakistan, which is simply not believable.”
When it came to Hagel, the 12-term Congressman didn’t paint him as bad of a picture; “Nevertheless because he does represent a more moderate voice in foreign policy than the neo-conservatives can tolerate, they are dragging his name through the mud,” although Paul did point out his shaky voting record.
On the Hill in D.C., the amount of non-interventionists and diplomacy advocates are slim to none considering the bloated defense contractor companies that are lobbying Washington until it’s dry