Ron Paul: 'War is a drain'Submitted by stillwater on Mon, 05/23/2011 - 17:40
The Des Moines Register
May 23, 2011
Ron Paul said he’s seen a growing number of potential voters come around to his way of thinking about the economy since 2008, and hopes his views on foreign policy will gain similar traction in the run up to the 2012 caucuses.
“People are now seeing the economic burden of our foreign policy — you know, the hundreds and hundreds of billions of dollars of foreign aid that is taken out of our country,” the Texas congressman said today during a visit to his Iowa campaign office in Ankeny. “… People are starting to realize that war is a drain.”
Paul’s strict non-interventionist stance sets him apart from other Republicans vying for the presidential nomination. He’s a member of the U.S. House of Representatives foreign affairs committee, and has been a longtime opponent of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. Overseas conflicts are costly, and meddling in the affairs of other nations has done more harm than good over the past half-decade, he said.