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Ron Paul on the Military-Industrial Complex’s Role in US Militarism from Latin America to Europe


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Speaking last week with host Scott Horton on the Scott Horton Show, three-time presidential candidate and former Republican member of the US House of Representatives Ron Paul discussed the military-industrial complex’s role in US militarism across the world, including in Latin America and Europe.

After Horton introduced Paul as “the greatest American hero,” Paul and Horton entered a fascinating discussion of US foreign policy. Their wide-ranging discussion concerns matters including US intervention in Iraq and Ukraine, a potential “Brexit” — exit of Great Britain from the European Union (EU), and Paul’s preference for free trade over international trade deals that Paul says put in place “managed trade to serve the interests of some special interests.”

Addressing the influence of the military-industrial complex, Paul comments in the interview on examples in Europe and Latin America.

Speaking of the US putting more troops in Europe near the Russian border, Paul notes that he doesn’t think “they have strong evidence that the Russians are about to roll in tanks.” Instead, a motivation for the military build-up, Paul says, is “stirring up troubles to justify more military expenditures.”

Paul also comments on the military-industrial complex when he discusses how a dispute over which company would profit from its helicopters being used in the US government’s “Plan Columbia” was resolved by sending both companies’ helicopters to Latin America for use in the drug war effort.

Listen to Paul’s complete interview here.

Listen through the end of the interview and you will hear Horton’s strong praise for the Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity (RPI). Paul founded RPI in 2013 after retiring from the House of Representatives. Says Horton:
Check out the Ron Paul Institute at ronpaulinstitute.org. They put out great antiwar propaganda all day long seven days a week — the great Dan McAdams, Dr. Paul, Adam Dick and others there at the Ron Paul Institute, ronpaulinstitute.org.
Read here Paul’s April 10 editorial “As Ukraine Collapses, Europeans Tire of US Interventions” discussed in the interview.
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