"Face the Nation" transcript: November 20, 2011
BOB SCHIEFFER: Well--
REPRESENTATIVE RON PAUL (overlapping): I mean, in America you're supposed--
BOB SCHIEFFER: All right. But-- yeah-- all right.
REPRESENTATIVE RON PAUL (overlapping): --to be able to criticize your own government. You're supposed to be able to criticize your own government without saying you're un-American.
BOB SCHIEFFER: Of course. But what's your--
REPRESENTATIVE RON PAUL (overlapping): And that's the implication is.
BOB SCHIEFFER: But what-- what you are saying it-- it was the government's fault. That-- that basically is what you're saying. Let me move on to-- from something else.
REPRESENTATIVE RON PAUL: I'm saying the policyma-- the policymakers' fault--
BOB SCHIEFFER: The policymakers fault.
REPRESENTATIVE RON PAUL (overlapping): --contributed to it.
BOB SCHIEFFER: All right.
REPRESENTATIVE RON PAUL (overlapping): Contributed to it.
BOB SCHIEFFER: Let me ask you this. Am I correct that your idea of how to discourage Iran from building nuclear weapons is to be nicer to Iran's leaders? Is that correct?
REPRESENTATIVE RON PAUL: Well, I-- I-- no. I think to be-- you know, we have twelve thousand diplomats, I'm suggesting that maybe we ought to use some of them. But just think of how we prevented a nuclear war with the Soviets when the Soviet mi-- missiles were reported in Cuba. We didn't say we're going to attack you. Kennedy and Khrushchev talked and they made a deal. You take your weapons out of Cuba, we'll take them out of Turkey. That's the kind of talk that I want. I don't-- I think the greatest danger now is for us to overreact. And this is what I'm fearful of. Iran doesn't have a bomb. There's no proof. There's no new information regardless of this recent report. And for us to overreact and talk about bombing Iran, that's much more dangerous. We got the--
BOB SCHIEFFER: Well--
REPRESENTATIVE RON PAUL: --we got the Libyans to-- to-- we got the Libyans to get rid of their nuclear power and their nuclear weapons. And look at what happened to them.
BOB SCHIEFFER: I-- I--
REPRESENTATIVE RON PAUL (overlapping): So--
BOB SCHIEFFER: Mister Paul--
REPRESENTATIVE RON PAUL (overlapping): We got to understand that.
BOB SCHIEFFER: May I interrupt just for a second. No one has suggested in the U.S. government that we are going to bomb Iran. What they have said is that we're going to impose--
REPRESENTATIVE RON PAUL: Ah.
BOB SCHIEFFER: --very tough sanctions. You are against sanctions on Iran, is that correct?
REPRESENTATIVE RON PAUL: Yeah, be-- because sanctions are the initial step to war. I was opposed to all the sanctions for ten years in the bombing that was occurring with Iraq as I said it would lead to war. But if you say nobody is suggesting it, why don't you listen to the debates? I mean listen to--
BOB SCHIEFFER: Mister-- Mister Paul.
REPRESENTATIVE RON PAUL (overlapping): --the some of the other candidates.
BOB SCHIEFFER: May I correct you. I am listening to the debates. I know there have been some candidates who've talked about that including Mister Romney. The United States government--
REPRESENTATIVE RON PAUL: Right.
BOB SCHIEFFER: --has not said we're going to bomb Iran. I mean that-- that's just a prank.
REPRESENTATIVE RON PAUL: No, Bob, actually they haven't said-- obviously, they haven't said that. But the implication is-- is nothing is off the table. You've heard those statements.
BOB SCHIEFFER: Well, yes. All right. Let's move on then. Do you think there is any place in the world where United States forces should be stationed? You've talked about bringing them home from Afghanistan, from-- from Iraq. Is there any place where you think it helps us to have U.S. forces stationed?
REPRESENTATIVE RON PAUL: No. Other than the fact that I think a submarine is a very worthwhile weapon. And I believe we can defend ourselves with submarines and all our troops back at home. This whole idea that we have to be in a hundred and thirty countries and nine hundred bases; now they've just invented a weapon that can hit any spot in the world in one hour.
BOB SCHIEFFER (overlapping): So you would--
REPRESENTATIVE RON PAUL: I mean, what's this idea? This is old-- this is old-fashioned idea that you have to keep troops on nine hundred bases around the world, makes no sense at all.
BOB SCHIEFFER: How--
REPRESENTATIVE RON PAUL: Besides we're bankrupt. We can't afford it any longer.
BOB SCHIEFFER: So you would-- you would-- if you were President, you'd bring home the troops from Japan; you'd bring home the troops from South Korea? You would. Okay.
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