In an appearance on MSNBC’s Morning Joe on Wednesday, 2012 Republican presidential candidate and Texas Rep. Ron Paul had strong criticism of the Obama administration’s handling of the U.S. relationship with Pakistan and weak support for Rep. Paul Ryan’s budget plan.
Paul said the decision to kill rather than capture Osama bin Laden both fueled conspiracy theorists who doubt bin Laden’s death (because of the changing U.S. narrative about the raid) and spread the implication that the U.S. was attempting to occupy Pakistan.
“I think that's the next occupation, and I fear it. I think it's ridiculous, and I think our foreign policy is such we don't need to be doing this,” Paul said. Asked by Willie Geist about the source of his information, he said he didn’t have any hard evidence, but added, “Right now, Pakistan is a big problem. And the people there, we have created a civil war there. And the fact that we go over there and we violate their security and the people rebel against the government because they see their government as being a puppet of the American government, so it's total chaos, and I am afraid -- I hope I'm absolutely wrong -- but I'm afraid we will be in Pakistan trying to occupy that country, and it will probably be very unsuccessful.”
On the budget, Paul gave Ryan “a lot of credit” for his plan but said that he didn’t “fully endorse” it because it didn’t go far enough to cut spending.
“People want something from government, and this country got lazy and believed you could live off borrowed money and off other people. And we did it for a long, long time,”he said. “And we were deceived into believing, especially since we could print the reserve currency of the world, which gave us an access to credit easier than anybody else.” Paul endorses using currency backed by gold.
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