"WHAT IF ?" speech
Congressman Ron Paul
on floor of U.S. 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?
What if propping up repressive regimes
in the Middle East endangers both the United States and Israel?
What if 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?
What if 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?
What if 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?
What if it is finally realized that war
and military spending is always destructive to the economy?
What if all wartime spending is paid for
through the deceitful and evil process of inflating and borrowing?
What if we finally see that wartime conditions
always undermine personal liberty?
What if conservatives, who preach small
government, wake up and realize that our interventionist foreign
policy provides the greatest incentive to expand the government?
What if conservatives understood once
again that their only logical position is to reject military intervention
and managing an empire throughout the world?
What if 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?
What if we as a nation came to realize
that the quest for empire eventually destroys all great nations?
What if Obama has no intention of leaving
What if a military draft is being planned
for the wars that will spread if our foreign policy is not changed?
What if 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
What if war and preparation for war is
a racket serving the special interests?
What if President Obama is completely
wrong about Afghanistan and it turns out worse than Iraq and Vietnam
What if Christianity actually teaches
peace and not preventive wars of aggression?
What if diplomacy is found to be superior
to bombs and bribes in protecting America?
What happens if my concerns are completely
unfounded - nothing!
What happens if my concerns are justified
and ignored - nothing good!