Friday, December 28, 2007

Ron Paul reacts to Bhutto assasination


He called Bhutto’s assassination an utter tragedy, but not totally unpredictable because of the U.S. involvement in Pakistan. For several years, the U.S. has been trying to establish a “puppet government” with Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf, Paul said. He added that the Pakistani people should be able decide what kind of government they want.

“He gets support from 8 percent of the Pakistani people,” he said. “How much money of your money did he get from you and your family over the last eight years? Ten billion dollars for a puppet government in that region of the world ... some people thrive on chaos and that was what was created today because they don’t like the type of government there.”

He said the government's handling of Pakistan needs work.

“We either seem to have only two choices in this country,” he said. “We either pick a puppet and support them and send them all our money, or if he doesn’t do what we expect and disapprove of then we start bombing them.”

Paul warned that the country keeps doing the same thing over and over again when it comes to foreign policy.

“Every great nation, every great empire has always been brought to their knees -- not by a foreign adversary, not for military reasons,” he said. “They are brought to their knees because of financial reasons, and that is what we are facing today. A financial crisis in this country because we overspend at home, we overspend overseas, we have less friends than ever before and more enemies.”

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