Ron Paul Says He Wouldn’t Serve in Middle East Wars

Congressman Ron Paul Would Defy Government Military Service If It Conflicted with Conscience


By Sherwood Ross


Oft-mentioned Republican Presidential candidate Ron Paul of Texas says in a published interview that he would refuse to serve his country as a medical officer in the Middle East as he did during the Viet Nam war.  Rep. Paul, a doctor, who served as a flight surgeon during Viet Nam, is quoted in the May Esquire magazine as saying, “I often wonder how many of those people I participated in sending over, and so many helicopters went down. For what? For what? The war was totally lost. Totally fruitless. I wouldn’t do that today. I would refuse to do that today.”

Rep. Paul’s statement does not mean he regarded either war as illegal but that the conflicts were “lost” and “fruitless.” Even so, his statements suggest that he would not serve his country if he believed the struggle in question was contrary to his conscience.

The congressman goes on to blast the Patriot Act, the foreign wars of the Bush-Obama administrations, and even wars of the historic past.

“Whether it was the Spanish-American war or World War I or Vietnam, how many millions of people died, how much wealth was consumed?” he asked John Richardson of Esquire. Richardson says that when Paul said the Constitution called for avoiding foreign entanglements, he got a standing ovation from an audience. “It’s time to bring the troops home,” Paul told them to rousing cheers. (A recent USA Today/Gallup Poll reported 59% of Americans want U.S. troops out of Afghanistan now.)

“The President’s not supposed to go to war, or be in charge of taxing and spending,” Paul said. “The Founders thought the Congress would always remain the number one of the three branches—that’s why it’s high on a hill, above the Supreme Court, above the White House,” he continued.

Paul believes the U.S. has suffered attacks by foreign terrorists as retaliation for U.S. actions abroad. “They don’t come here to attack us because we’re rich and free. They come and they attack us because we’re over there,” he says, adding, “I mean, what would we think if other foreign countries were doing that to us.”

Some Republicans don’t choose to hear that kind of talk, and have worked to ban him from GOP appearances and debates. Paul retorts, “A substantial portion of the conservative movement has become a parody of its former self.”

“Once home to distinguished intellectuals and men of letters, it now tolerates and even encourages anti-intellectualism and jingoism that would have embarrassed earlier generations of conservative thinkers,” Paul continues.

An advocate of home rule who takes a libertarian position against Federal involvement, asked the following questions, Esquire noted:

  • Will there be no more wars without an actual congressional declaration?
  • Will the Federal Reserve Act be repealed?
  • Will only gold and silver be called legal tender?
  • Will the U.S. end “unconstitutional” departments including Energy, Education, Agriculture, Commerce, Health and Human Services, Homeland Security, and Labor?
  • Will the Patriot Act be repealed and all the warrantless searches stopped? Paul argues that police officers “are supposed to be local people” but that at the national level today “we have nearly a hundred thousand federal agents now who carry guns—OSHA and EPA and the IRS. They carry guns and they shouldn’t.”
  • Will the TSA be restrained or abolished?
  • Will the IRS’s unconstitutional collection powers end? (He wants the income tax cut to zero.)
  • Will we end the Federal government’s involvement in medical care?
  • Will we end all the Federal government’s “illusionary” insurance programs?
  • Will we ban secret prisons, trials without due process, and assassinations?
  • Will we end our foreign policy of invasion and occupations?

Author Richardson says, “This is Ron Paul’s moment. He’s been warning for forty years that easy money would lead to economic collapse (and it did). He warned that the Iraq war would be an expensive and bloody mistake, (and it was).”

If it is Ron Paul’s moment, his candidacy will pose a problem for liberals, who tend to agree with his ideas about ending the current, illegal wars of the Bush-Obama regimes but oppose his views on scrapping Federal medical care, ending the income tax, and sundry other progressive measures.

About the Author: Sherwood Ross is a Coral Gables, Fl-based media consultant who also directs the Anti-War News Service.

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18 Responses to "Ron Paul Says He Wouldn’t Serve in Middle East Wars"

  1. Zoe  July 6, 2011 at 9:40 am

    Most people are actually way too ignorant in order to vote for the one individual who’s completely different. It is really really hard simply because the mainstream media regulates all of the material. Ron Paul for life.

  2. Paul  May 27, 2011 at 8:40 am

    This is a hit piece, stop lieing. Ron Paul was the candidate that received the most amount of donations from active duty military, even more than all the other candidates combined!

  3. j j  May 27, 2011 at 7:26 am

    Look, This is a badly spoken article. The article is completely biased with opinions concluded from bad sources. I can’t imagine a Veteran platform talking so much trash about a Veteran (Paul). Yeah, Ron Paul was ostracized in the last years, but he’s here and the message of freedom is staying here too. Power is in numbers not a fake currency.

  4. kisakhani  May 26, 2011 at 5:56 am

    Just look at the 180 degree turn Obama has taken from his pre-election campaign. Ron Paul cannot cut the
    the AIPAC umbilical cord tied to the US Presidency.

  5. Anonymous Smith  May 25, 2011 at 5:56 pm

    I know you don’t, Sherwood…but the great majority of Paul’s followers do. You’d have thought they would have learnt their lesson from the Obamabot phenomenon…I think there’s only one of them [Obamabots] left on the entire planet, and that’s Gordon Duff. All the rest were so thoroughly demoralized and disillusioned, and their shame so great, that they simply disappeared off the internet.

    I view Ron Paul as a political opportunist…you’d have to be in order to survive in that nest of vipers, right? You wrote “I find it intriguing that Paul comes over as opposed to the Middle East wars, saying he would not fight if asked to serve today.” I agree…what I find even more intriguing is his position on legalizing drugs; talk about upsetting TPTB!

  6. Sherwood Ross  May 25, 2011 at 3:29 pm

    Anonymous, I never held up Ron Paul as anyone’s savior. I am only quoting what Esquire said he said. I have respect for Esquire to get it right. I find it intriguing that Paul comes over as opposed to the Middle East wars, saying he would not fight if asked to serve today. Sherwood

  7. Anonymous Smith  May 25, 2011 at 1:54 pm

    Hello, Rex

    The antisemitism charge is now impotent…the Jews who are doing this stuff to us don’t have a drop of Semitic blood in their veins, and everyone knows it. Plus…it’s a trick, they always use it!

  8. Anonymous Smith  May 25, 2011 at 1:34 pm

    You are a fool, Sherwood…but you’re in good company. Lots and lots of well meaning people out there who think that Ron Paul is our savior…they are ruled by their emotions, I am not. Ron Paul is a Freemason and, therefore, not on our side. His job is to: a) string y’all along until it’s too late to act, b) absorb as much money as possible from the “Patriot” movement – deflecting it harmlessly away from the NWO, and c) IF he is installed as president his primary objective will be to completely destroy the “Patriot” movement (just like Obama did to the “antiwar” movement) and to hammer the last nail in the coffin of the 9/11 Truth movement.

    Ron Paul is their guy…and when he shows where his true loyalties lie, y’all will be so thoroughly demoralized that you’ll give it up and stop fighting [the NWO]. But that won’t be the end of it…no, sir! After “Scrawny” Ronny flips, I will infiltrate into the NWO, gain a position sufficient to exact my revenge on y’all, and then I will go to work on it!

    Alright, that last bit was over the top…but, have no illusions: after “Scrawny” Ronny flips, if you have a Ron Paul bumper sticker on your car, I will ‘key’ it and piss in the gas tank!

  9. Rex Stihl  May 25, 2011 at 11:46 am

    Anonymous Smith,

    #1 would be the result of the hypothetical RP presidency.

    Ross says:

    “Glad to see you finally claimed the Jewish Banksters killed Abraham Lincoln; I hadn’t heard that one before.”

    Of course not. He is also still thinks all of the documented evidence of the same culprits pulling off 9 1 1 is just another antisemitic conspiracy theory.

  10. Sherwood Ross  May 25, 2011 at 11:01 am

    Anonymous: Guess you can put me down as a fool. I saw too many guys back from Korea in the base hospital where I was stationed and took an oath to oppose war. Glad to see you finally claimed the Jewish Banksters killed Abraham Lincoln; I hadn’t heard that one before. If only Mort Sahl were performing today! Sherwood

  11. Anonymous Smith  May 25, 2011 at 10:31 am

    IF Ron Paul is elected in 2012 one of two things will happen…1) He will keep yapping about the Constitution, while simultaneously kowtowing to the Jewish Banksters, Israel, and the Sayanim…just like Obama does now, or 2) he will begin to take the actions that he claims he will and those same Banksters will kill him…just like they did with Lincoln, JFK, and so many others, and attempted to do with Andrew Jackson all those years ago.

    There can be no political solution to our problems…we must go to war against the Banksters if we are to ever be free again. Period. End of story. Anyone who says different is either a liar or a fool.

  12. Sherwood Ross  May 25, 2011 at 7:41 am

    Dan, thanks for your observations. Sherwood

  13. Dan  May 25, 2011 at 4:21 am

    Thanks, Sherwood, I look forward to reading it. I check out Fox News most nights after the Kudlow Komedy Hour but lately I’ve been unable to watch more than a few minutes at a time. As a conservative, I’m outraged these con artists are getting away with calling themselves conservatives. I can’t imagine more hedonistic materialists than the crowd at Fox. Last night Hannity had Netanyahu on and I can only imagine the revulsion a man like Netanyahu felt sitting across from a blushing, groveling fruitcake gushing his adoration for the man exploiting his country, whose questions were obviously a script handed to him by Netanyahu’s people. If the tables were reversed and Israel’s military was being burned up to serve the US and its economy brought to the brink of bankruptcy to finance our wars, Netanyahu would have been across the table at Hannity’s throat.

  14. Nae  May 24, 2011 at 9:46 pm

    Ron Paul appears to be America’s last hope. Everything he says makes sense. He’s right that virtually all the problems we face as a country today are the result of a lack of adherence to the Constitution. He’s like a founding father reincarnate. If only there were a handful of congressmen with even a fraction of the integrity and moral values he has. RP 2012!

  15. Sherwood Ross  May 24, 2011 at 7:11 pm

    Dan, the Esquire article at one point shows how Fox deceived its viewers by distorting a broadcast involving Ron Paul. It’s worth reading. Sherwood

  16. Dan  May 24, 2011 at 3:03 pm

    A substantial portion of the conservative movement has become a parody of its former self.

    Travesty is more like it, as what passes for the mainstream conservative movement in this country is a craven, submissive bunch of cowards who dare not question our subjugation to Israel, or Israel’s and its fifth column’s responsibility for 9/11. Israel’s politicians and that fifth column have no compunction brazenly announcing their control over the United States, knowing the conservative movement will genuflect before this usurpation like quislings. The mainstream conservative “movement” appears to have been created and sustained by the zionists in the first place. Fox News, which represents militarist fascism if anything, should be a national joke. Toadeating shills like Beck, Hannity, and O’Reilly feign rapt attention as zionists posing as experts give canned propaganda speeches in a scripted question and answer simulacrum of dialogue. Anyone who buys into this political theater is a moron. Most Americans, however, consider themselves conservatives. Ron Paul would be their natural choice. Therefore the faux conservative front of Fox News, ad nauseam, are exposing their true colors by pulling out all the stops to block his candidacy.

  17. Doug  May 24, 2011 at 2:20 pm

    I cant agree with all aspects of Ron Paul’s Platform, but, overall he is the only one that makes sense. End the ‘perpetual wars’, bring the Federal Reserve back under government control, not private international bankers.
    End the ‘Patriot Act’, End the TSA and Homeland Security. (all taken out of Hitler’s planbook). Restore the constitution and power back to the people. So far, he is my candidate for President. Doug

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