WASHINGTON (CBS DC) — Speaking with Alex Jones on his Infowars talk radio show, former Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul discussed a range of topics including the U.S. standoff with Syria and the possible arms war behind the embassy attack in Benghazi.
Jones asked the former Texas congressman what his thoughts were on U.S. interventions in the Middle East and abroad, and Paul responded that U.S. foreign policy is a cyclical problem caused by too much intervention.
“We continue to finance our enemies, and our friends, and then our friends become our enemies, and nobody knows whose side they’re on,” said Paul. “That’s why the argument for a non-interventionist foreign policy is so good because there is always this flip-flopping.”
The libertarian-minded Paul echoed comments he made to the Washington Times in May that criticized both Democrats and Republicans for ignoring what he sees as the true cause of the Benghazi attacks: mutual support of military interventionism overseas and its unintended consequences.
“It shouldn’t take too much intelligence to figure out that our CIA is just about every place in the world and they were very much involved … but if we have the direct evidence that they were in Benghazi and one of the reasons our ambassador was there is because he was sending weapons directly to a group of people we wanted to overthrow Assad in Syria.
“But the foolishness is we send it to al-Qaeda,” said Paul. “At one time they’re our arch enemy, they’re wanting to kills us … and we’ve done that in Afghanistan, and we’ve sent money to the Taliban, bribed them to give us protection.
“We support dictators for years and years and spend billions of dollars and then of course when we get tired of them or they turn on us we look for a new dictator.”
Closing out the interview, Jones and Paul discussed The New York Times report that the recent terrorist warnings and embassy closings are likely meant as a distraction from reports of NSA surveillance of foreign governments and American citizens.
Paul expressed his doubt about the NSA programs and said he believes it’s a good thing that Americans are becoming “very leary” of government and politicians’ information.