A fundamental precept of libertarianism is that we must end all foreign intervention, including economic aid and diplomatic meddling. We should avoid entanglements, foreign quarrels, and “imperialist adventures.” Ron Paul is in direct contraposition to leading Republican contender Michele Bachmann, who believes that the incarceration and enhanced interrogation of those accused of terrorism in facilities such as Guantanamo Bay are productive and necessary, and believes these tools should continue to be implemented when dealing with terrorists. Paul believes these things are the products of hysteria and mob rule, and are intolerable. He also opposes assassination on the same grounds. He advocates reason and disdains emotional responses to important problems.
A basic libertarian principle is that nuclear weapons are a threat to everyone’s wellbeing, and should be disallowed. Paul specifically addresses the Iranian nuclear threat, saying that Iran has as much right to nuclear weapons as anyone. He mentions several nations in that region and elsewhere, including China and the United States, which possess nuclear weapons. In his assessment, we should ignore what is viewed by many politicians as a threat. Paul says there is no evidence of Iran being in pursuit of nuclear weapons. With no air force and a limited economy, they have no capacity for war. His view is consistent with the libertarian outlook in that he opposes sanctions, and favors no involvement. He says we should "bring the troops home." Paul makes the claim that in a span of a few short years we turned Iraq into the world’s leading breeding ground for terrorists. He says that, in general, we should "mind our own business."
Bringing the troops home is one of Ron Paul’s predominant ideas, both for foreign policy reasons, and to shore up our failing economy. He would bring home all troops and end all interaction in every corner of the world: Japan, Germany, etc. Critics may be aware that Paul shows his age when he says all these interventions produce agitation and worry. Similarly, we are aware that Paul is annoyed by searches and such inconveniences at airports. This seems to be an afterthought to the politician.
During the late 1970s and early 1980s, Congressman Ron Paul established a firm background in banking and the economy. He served on the House Banking Committee and advocated sound monetary policy while being a harsh critic of the Federal Reserve’s inflationary measures. Paul consistently voted to lower or abolish federal taxes, spending, and regulation, and used his House seat to actively promote the return of government to its proper constitutional levels. He is dedicated to the Constitution, and has never wavered from that stand. As a firm constitutionalist, Ron Paul reminds us that currency still must be based on gold and silver.