Ron Paul and National Defense
Michael T. Griffith, 2007
It’s time to put to rest the myth that
Ron Paul is weak on national defense and that he would endanger
First, some facts about Ron Paul on national defense. These facts are just some of the things that could be said about Ron Paul and national defense. Those who want a more in-depth view of where Ron Paul stands on national defense issues are encouraged to read the links in the second part of this article. The Ron Paul quotes in the following points are taken from some of the linked articles.
* All conservatives agree that border security is a critical component of national defense. Nobody is tougher than Ron Paul when it comes to border security. His position is nearly identical to that of border-security hawks like Tom Tancredo and Duncan Hunter. In fact, Congressman Paul has called for ending immigration from countries that sponsor or aid terrorists (see below).
* A crucial part of national security is protecting our national sovereignty. Unlike the other candidates, Ron Paul has repeatedly talked about the threats to our sovereignty posed by the UN, by regional trade agreements, and by attempts to make “international law” superior to American law. No candidate would be more aggressive in protecting our national sovereignty than Congressman Paul.
* Ron Paul has proposed the following measures as part of an effective counter-terrorism strategy:
(1) Do not allow
people from countries that are sponsoring or aiding terrorists to enter the
(2) Abolish all regulations that prevent or hinder our intelligence agencies from working together and sharing information.
(3) Treat terrorist attempts and conspiracies as harshly as completed acts, and allow the death penalty in more terrorist cases. Says Dr. Paul, “The federal statute of limitations for terrorist offenses should be eliminated, so that suspects can never breathe easy even 10 or 20 years from now. Jail sentences and penalties should be increased, and the death penalty should be possible for many offenses. Terrorist attempts and conspiracies should be treated as harshly as completed acts.”
(4) End all legal preferences for terrorist suspects.
(5) Arm all airline pilots.
(6) Use letters of marque to encourage third parties to capture or kill terrorists. Says Dr. Paul, “Congress can issue letters of marque against terrorists and their property that authorize the President to name private sources who can capture or kill our enemies. This method works in conjunction with our military efforts, creating an incentive for people on the ground close to Bin Laden to kill or capture him and his associates. Letters of marque are especially suited to the current war on terrorism, which will be fought against individuals who can melt into the civilian population or hide in remote areas. (See below for more on this approach.)
* Ron Paul voted for the
authorization to use force in
* In a televised interview with Neal
Cavuto on Fox News, Dr. Paul said he would launch a preemptive attack to
prevent an imminent attack on the
* Ron Paul has introduced
legislation, the “Marque and Reprisal Act of 2001,” to give the President more
tools to pursue Bin Laden and other terrorists. Dr. Paul's bill would
allow Congress to authorize the President to specifically target Bin Laden and
his associates using non-government armed forces. Since it is nearly impossible
* Ron Paul condemned the fact that when terrorists attacked the U.S.S. Cole, the sailors on guard had weapons that weren’t loaded and weren’t allowed to fire at the enemy anyway. Said Congressman. Paul, “Our sentries on duty had rifles without bullets and were prohibited from firing on any enemy targets. This policy is absurd if not insane. “
* Ron Paul has been a champion for the funding of veterans’ programs. No one has a better record in Congress when it comes to ensuring that our veterans’ programs are properly funded. The Disabled Veterans of America have given Congressman Paul outstanding ratings for his support of veterans’ programs. He has called for us to “honor veterans with a better budget.” He adds, “We should understand that veterans programs, unlike so many federal programs, are constitutional. The Constitution specifically provides for Congress to fund armed forces and provide national defense. Congress and the nation accordingly have a constitutional obligation to keep the promises made to those who provide that defense. This is why I support increased funding for veterans, while opposing the bloated spending bills that fund corporate and social welfare, pork favoritism, and special interests at the expense of those veterans.”
* Ron Paul supported concurrent receipt for disabled veterans receiving military pensions. For decades, a retired veteran’s VA disability payment was counted against his military pension. Ron Paul was among those who strongly supported repealing this unfair provision.
* Ron Paul has repeatedly called
for the Bush administration to refocus the military’s effort on getting Bin
Laden and his supporters. For example, Congressman Paul has said, “We
seem to have forgotten that our primary objective in the war on terror is to
capture or kill bin Laden and his henchmen. One year ago, the desire for
retribution against bin Laden was tangible. President Bush referred to finding
him ‘dead or alive.’ And while the hunger for vengeance was understandable, the
practical need to destroy al Qaeda before it mounted another terror attack was
urgent. Yet we have allowed the passage of time and the false specter of an
* Ron Paul has proposed exempting all military personnel from income taxes during time of war. He believes that our soldiers should not be paying income taxes while they and their families are sacrificing so heavily from multiple deployments and/or from having to do extra work to make up for those who have been deployed overseas.
* Ron Paul wants to end our
* Ron Paul also wants to end our
* Ronald Reagan praised Ron Paul for being strong on national defense. Said Reagan, "Ron Paul is one of the outstanding leaders fighting for a stronger national defense. As a former Air Force officer, he knows well the needs of our armed forces, and he always puts them first. We need to keep him fighting for our country."
And now links to some articles and speeches on Ron Paul and national defense, most of them by Ron Paul himself:
Ron Paul and a CIA counter-terrorism expert answer Rudy Giuliani’s false attacks on Dr. Paul’s statements about 9/11