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Ron Paul, MD Biography

Title:
Former member of the US House of Representatives (R-TX)
Position:
Con to the question "Should the United States Continue Its Use of Drone Strikes Abroad?"
Reasoning:

“The use of drones overseas may have become so convenient, operated as they are from a great distance, that far more ‘collateral damage’ has become acceptable. Collateral damage is a polite way of saying killing innocent civilians…

This dramatic increase in the use of drones and the lowered threshold for their use to kill foreigners has tremendous implications for our national security. At home, some claim the use of drones reduces risk to American service members. But this can be true only in the most shortsighted sense. Internationally the expanded use of drones is wildly unpopular and in fact creates more enemies than it eliminates…

After a drone strike in Yemen last month once again killed more civilians than suspected al-Qaeda members, a Yemeni lawyer sent a message to President Obama stating ‘Dear Obama, when a U.S. drone missile kills a child in Yemen, the father will go to war with you, guaranteed. Nothing to do with Al Qaeda.’ These are the unseen victims of the president’s expanded use of drones, but we should pay attention and we should ask ourselves how we would feel if the tables were turned and a foreign power was killing innocent American children from thousands of miles away. Would we not feel the same?…

It is terrifying enough to see how drones are being misused abroad. We must curtail the government’s ability use drones right away lest the massacres in Yemen and Pakistan turn out to be crude training exercises for what the administration has in mind on our own soil.”

“Ron Paul: Down with Deadly Drones, Both Foreign and Domestic,” ronpaul.com, June 18, 2012

Theoretical Expertise Ranking:
Experts
Individuals with PhDs, JDs, or equivalent advanced degrees in fields relevant to the legal or strategic use of drone strikes. Also top-level government officials (such as foreign leaders, US presidents, Founding Fathers, Supreme Court Justices, members of legislative bodies, cabinet members, military leaders, etc.) with positions relevant to drone strikes and related issues.
Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Chairman, Campaign for Liberty
  • Member, US House of Representatives (R-TX), 14th District of Texas, 1997-2013
  • Former chairman, Liberty Caucus of Fellow Congressmen on Capitol Hill
  • Former member, Financial Services Committee; International Relations Committee; Joint Economic Committee
  • Former member, Subcommitte on the Western Hemisphere; Subcommittee on Domestic and International Monetary Policy, Trade, and Technology; Subcommittee on International Organizations, Human Rights, and Oversight; Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations (Financial Services)
  • Former member, Congressional Fire Services Caucus; Congressional Rural Caucus
  • Founder, FREE and the National Endowment for Liberty
  • Founder/Honorary Chairman, The Liberty Committee
  • Distinguished Scholar, Ludwig von Mises Institute
  • Past Member, Gold Commission
  • Obstetrician-Gynecologist, 1968-1996
  • US Senate, Republican candidate, 1984
  • Representative, US House of Representatives, Texas District 22, 1976-1977, 1979-1985
  • Air National Guard, 1965-1968
  • US Air Force, Captain, 1963-1965
Education:
  • MD, Duke University School of Medicine, 1961
  • BA, Gettysburg College, 1957
Other:
  • Twitter handle: @RonPaul
  • As a physician he refused to accept payment by Medicare or Medicaid, preferring to work for free or pre-arranged discounts or payment plans for poor patients
  • Ran for president in 1988 as a candidate for the Libertarian party and in 2008 and 2012 for the Republican party
Quoted in:
Pro & Con Quotes: Should the United States Continue Its Use of Drone Strikes Abroad?