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December 10, 2007

Ron Paul says, “The best commitment we can make to the Iraqi people is to give them their country back.”

When asked if he was willing to make a long-term commitment to Iraq by stationing permanent military bases there, Ron Paul had this to say,

The best commitment we can make to the Iraqi people is to give them their country back. That's the most important thing that we can do.

Already, part of their country has been taken back. In the south, they claim the surge has worked, but the surge really hasn't worked. There's less violence, but al-Sadr has essentially won in the south.

The British are leaving. The brigade of Al Sadr now is in charge, so they are getting their country back. They're in charge up north -- the Shia -- the people in the north are in charge, as well, and there's no violence up there or nearly as much.

So, let the people have their country back again. Just think of the cleaning up of the mess after we left Vietnam. Vietnam now is a friend of ours -- we trade with them, the president comes here.

After a back and forth with McCain, Paul concluded saying,

But we have to realize why they want to come here. Wolfowitz even admitted that one of the major reasons that the Al Qaida was organized and energized was because of our military base in Saudi Arabia.

He says, ‘Oh, now, we can take the base away.’ He understood why they came here. They come here because we're occupying their country, just as we would object if they occupied our country.

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