Ron Paul – The Revolution: A Manifesto – Page 36 through Page 37

Page 36: Americans don’t realize how expensive their government’s foreign policy is. Before the Iraq war a senior white house official was condemned for saying that the war would cost $100 to $200 billion. In 2006, two professors from Columbia University estimated that the true cost of the Iraq war was actually $2 trillion. The United States’ global military presence costs the country $1 trillion per year to maintain. It is likely that a large part of that expenditure is not being spent on endeavors that actually make the US safer. A non- interventionist policy would actually make us safer and more secure.

Quote: “‘What’s remarkable about this year’s military budget is that it’s the largest budget since World War II, but, of course, we’re not fighting World War II.'”

Quote: “And just as in domestic spending, where higher budgets rarely translate into better performance, I am doubtful that much of this expenditure is actually contributing to our security.”

Page 37: The US government wastes an almost incomprehensible amount of money on an overseas military presence. The money would be better spent protecting the homeland. We still have troops in Korea, Japan, and Europe even though the wars with those countries ended many decades ago. It is unlikely that the US can continue to financially support such a large overseas presence for very much longer. As the US government continues to borrow money to maintain its huge military, other countries, like China, are investing in commercial projects. Peaceful trade with other nations and not the size of a country’s military should be the signal of a country’s success. As it stands, there is no national debate on the correct foreign policy.

Quote: “We have had troops in Korea for over five and a half decades. We have had troops in Europe and Japan for about as long. How many years is enough? An American presence in these places was supposed to be temporary, persisting only during the military emergencies that were cited as justification for bringing them there. Milton Friedman was right: there is nothing so permanent as a ‘temporary’ government program.”

Quote: “Instead, the best indication of our civilization has been our prestige in international trade. We should let the best measure of our American greatness come from free and peaceful trade with other nations, not from displays of our military might.”

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