Representative Ron Paul, the only Republican presidential candidate to oppose the Iraq War, thinks the United States should not be the world's policeman. According to Paul, spreading democracy results in unacceptable consequences. Paul told ABC News:
We're spreading our goodness in Iraq, [and] we can't do that without dropping bombs on them and killing a lot of people.
When the interviewer suggested that if we don't attack them there, they will attack us here, Paul argued that an American presence overseas inspires hatred and attacks against the US, especially when bases are in Muslim holy areas.
Should America be the world's policeman?