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My Letter to the Editor was Published

I wrote a letter to the Editor that was published this morning. Could use some comments from the readers of the Daily Paul.

http://www.aikenstandard.com/Letters/0916-Freland-Letter-Rand

LETTER: Ron Paul is right
In the last debate, Rick Santorum attacked Congressman Ron Paul by saying he claimed Americans invited the attacks on 9/11. When Rudy Giuliani made the same accusation in 2007, Paul responded with a reading list including the 9/11 Commission Report and "Blowback" by Chalmers Johnson. Even our government concludes that bin Ladin's attacks on America were motivated primarily by the presence of American bases in Saudi Arabia and interventionism in Iraq, leading to the deaths of 500,000 children (Madeleine Albright admitted this in 1996). Ron Paul is pointing out this fact. He is a doctor trying to cure a disease, not using Band-Aids on gunshot wounds. Denying truth is not only unreasonable, but also un-American.

Our current foreign policy of bombing countries like Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Libya, Yemen and Somalia makes us less safe and we can't afford it. America has spent $10 trillion in the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. Hypothetically speaking, what if we spend 10 percent of that on necessities here in America? That's $1 trillion. Paul's foreign policy makes sense. Disagree? Ask who receives the most money from active-duty military personnel. Air Force Veteran Ron Paul tops the list. He gets more than all the other candidates combined and even more than the commander-in-chief Barack Obama. Santorum's support? $250. 0.0068 percent of the good doctor.

Thanks everyone,
John



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Good work!

This letter was presented to a community that often has it's blinders on and needed a good does of honesty. It takes courage to stand up for what you believe in and expose a difficult truth. Ron Paul did a great service to notify the public in this debate. John is doing a terrific job of spreading that revelation. Now people can reflect and research to learn more for themselves and make their own judgements.

Looks good. Accurate,

Looks good. Accurate, concise, unimpeachable.

a piece I wrote on

a piece I wrote on Blowback/what creates an insurgent
Submitted by juliusbragg on Thu, 12/11/2008 - 12:11.

Blowback?
Considering Dr. Ron Paul's Idea of wanting to bring ALL of the Troops home from around the world, including the thousands in Korea, Japan, Germany, Afghanistan, Iraq, and virtually all troops in all countries, with the exception of a handful at our embassies, makes me wonder; "what could be wrong with that?"
Using this method of bringing the troops home to secure OUR border, coupled with the elimination of bombing and rebuilding overseas, seems to be an idea without consequence. I would like to hear an example, by an opponent, to what might happen if our boys are home. The worse case scenario is that we need to deploy our troops overseas. The flip side of this thinking is to continue our activities overseas, and in some opinions send even more troops into harms way. Under this policy, the threat of injury and death to our soldiers is inevitable. Regardless of whether or not you agree with Dr. Paul on this concept, the Fact that our troops would have Zero risk of being killed in duty overseas is unquestionable.
If any country decided to attack the United States, which almost everyone agrees that there are no countries ready or capable of attacking the United States, we would have the strongest, most concentrated military that we have ever had. Currently, we are spread so thin, that an attack on the United States would be catastrophic. By the time that our defenses made it home, serious damage would be done.
The opponents of Dr. Paul will say there is a threat to the U.S. in the form of "Islamofascist Terrorists." These SMALL groups of people, according to CIA documents, are acting out against the U.S. Troops, in response to our occupation of their countries, and the Middle East in General. This behavior, although disturbing, is understandable. Now before you think for a second that I side with the terrorists, you have to understand, that if it is true that they are responding to U.S. occupation, how would Americans respond if the same action was taken place on our soil? If you think the answer is to kill every insurgent in the Middle East, until there aren't any, then you need to understand what an insurgent is.
If the Chinese wanted to put an air force base in the outskirts of Detroit, maybe a little north towards flint. Lets say their rationale is that Flint Michigan is a depressed area with excessive violence, and they feel as an emerging 'super power', that it is in their best interest to be able to protect the 'Motor City', where they may have some auto manufacturing, if needed.
How would Americans respond to this? How about if we had little or no military? Lets take the example further and assume that China also decides to put another base in South Dakota. Then another in Cheyenne, WY, and a 4th in Huntsville, AL, and maybe, since grain is a huge import for them, they decide they want to protect their "Grain interest" and set up bases and patrol the Midwest. They eventually have bases in Omaha, St. Louis, and Ames, Iowa. How would YOU respond? It gets worse.
Lets just say a handful, of what we would call true American Patriots, gather outside of Ames, get their guns, and decide to attack the Chinese to take back their city. Of course at that point, China calls in Air Strikes. China was lucky, only 8 casualties. 1,256 American civilians die. Of those, your Son, and your wife were killed. Now, you make the calls, this time a larger group of American Heroes gather, with more guns. This time, a handful of these Patriots made explosives in order to take out even more Chinese. 13 Chinese Casualties. 3,169 American Civilians dead. More Children, more family members, more women. The Chinese send more troops and build more bases to combat these "insurgent Americans". This continues for 14 years, with a total of 1,545,987 American civilians killed. The Chinese have only lost 35,000 troops, the price of Grain has tripled in their country, and their citizens think that 35,000 of their own is enough. The Chinese media refer to Americans as; "Terrorists", "Insurgents", "Christian Fascism regimes", they claim that they need to send more troops, and build more bases to keep these Americans safe from each other, China continues to "Easternize" us, they believe that Communism would be best for America. They can't believe that Americans aren't acceptant of their offers of Communism. "Why don't they accept our policies?" They wonder. I believe, that NO amount of 'surge' could stop Americans from trying to get their country back. The "insurgency" would continue inevitably. Chinese troops would continue to be killed by "American Terrorists", and American Civilians would continue to be wiped out by 'smart bombs'.
You can see why the CIA refers to these types of attacks as "Blowback".

Main Entry: blowback
Part of Speech: n
Definition: an unintended adverse reaction or effect from an action or cause
One always has to look for motive when solving any crime. In the case of insurgents, the motive is anger, caused by U.S. occupation on their soils. Did I mention that Blowback is a CIA word, and they pointed to Blowback as THE cause of attacks in Afghanistan and Iraq?
You must understand that "FREEDOM" is not the motive, "PROSPERITY" is not the motive. If this were the case, surely Amsterdam would be under continual attack for its rampant drug use, and prostitution, not to mention the fact that it is a third of the distance from the Middle East. Finland, Norway, Sweden, Denmark, there are hundreds of countries that promote freedom, are very prosperous, and much closer to the middle east than the united states, yet for some reason we seem to be their main objective in the minds of Neo-Cons. Surely, the fact of the Canadian dollar surpassing the U.S. dollar will prompt the terrorist to wage war with Canada, I mean after all they certainly are free, and prosperous.
What is it about this concept, that our occupation in the middle east being a thorn in the side of Muslims, cant the other candidates get? This is not some sort of absurd logic. Every homeowner who has ever had a dog take care of its business on their lawn, or toilet paper in their trees from neighborhood brats, can only imagine the violent occupancy by an entire country on ones land. Look how Americans fight to get, drug dealers off their streets, Strip Clubs out of their towns, Casinos out of their states. We can't even IMAGINE the anger we would conjure up if another country had the audacity to invite themselves into ours...Oh wait, maybe we have some idea.
Look how our nation is beginning to look at Illegal immigration. Its almost like a constant thorn in our side. Every year getting worse. Civilians guarding the borders. Outrage.
Ron Paul wants to end Birthright Citizenship for Illegals, Ron Paul wants NO AMNESTY, RON PAUL wants to defend our borders physically, and defend our borders by having our entire military at home, at last. We want illegal immigrants out of our country, and the middle east wants America out of theirs.

The writer of this letter

is a major patriot in South Carolina. Along with getting the letter published, he has a 4x8 foot Ron Paul sign in his front yard on a very busy residential street.

Congratulations John on your letter and all you do.

Peace and liberty,

Mike

Dr. Mike Vasovski
South Carolina Campaign Chairman, Ron Paul 2012
The SINGLE vote in the SC delegation for RP, GOP Convention, Tampa, FL
2010 Candidate, US Congress SC-03
Past Chairman, Aiken, SC County Tea Party

I've seen that sign

Right down the road from me, I thought about stopping by and saying, "hello".

Excellent!

great job.

If men are good, you don't need government; if men are evil or ambivalent, you don't dare have one.

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Ron Paul is right. He always has been right.
For the record, this is what Madeleine Albright said in 1996, before 9/11 and before the Iraq war was unconstitutionally launched.

Lesley Stahl on U.S. sanctions against Iraq: We have heard that a half million children have died. I mean, that's more children than died in Hiroshima. And, you know, is the price worth it?

Secretary of State Madeleine Albright: I think this is a very hard choice, but the price--we think the price is worth it.

--60 Minutes (5/12/96)

America is perceived by the world as the aggressor and the occupier. With 900 bases in 130 countries, does that sound defensive or very much offensive? One trillion dollar per year to maintain this empire, which is now crumbling from within. Think about the warmonger candidates who want to maintain these defenses, while our country has been de-industrialized and our wealth extracted.

Great letter!

Well done. Backed up your statements with facts and authoritative evidence. Keep up the great work.

Thanks...

Thank you everyone...this is great!

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Good job, good letter.

'We Think the Price Is Worth It'
Media uncurious about Iraq policy's effects--there or here
By Rahul Mahajan

Lesley Stahl on U.S. sanctions against Iraq: We have heard that a half million children have died. I mean, that's more children than died in Hiroshima. And, you know, is the price worth it?

Secretary of State Madeleine Albright: I think this is a very hard choice, but the price--we think the price is worth it.

--60 Minutes (5/12/96)

http://www.fair.org/index.php?page=1084

Her place in hell is secured, and Rick Santorum wants to be right next to her, IMO.

How I wish

I would have had this good information at last night's PA GOP Fall Meeting and Straw Poll in Harrisburg. We just happened to sit at a table with someone who strongly supports Rick Santorum. We discussed Rick Perry and Mitt Romney which he said were definitely off his radar screen. He then went on to attack Dr. Paul regarding the statment about "blowback" during the last debate in Tampa. He said he agrees with 98% of what Dr. Paul stands for, but this is the last straw and this would finish off the candidacy of Dr. Paul. Of course, my opinion is that if you agree with 98% of a person's positions, wouldn't you look into this new information a bit more without dismissing the other 98%? I told the guy about Michael Scheuer and his research into the reasons they "hate us". Don't think I convinced him, and I did not want to play my hand that I am a Ron Paul supporter, but maybe gave him something to think about. I was in attendance at this affair hoping to get support from several leaders in the hope that they might assist me in becoming a Convention delegate. Incidentally, the local media lied about the results of the Straw Poll, BUT Dr. Paul did receive 18% with about 600 people in attendance. Rick Santorum won with 36% with his wife being a speaker and a family contingent attending. There were also subtle endorsements of Santorum throughout the event.

"Nothing is as it appears; everything is smoke and mirrors"

Maybe it's just me

But I guess I always understood the Constitution regarding war. And therefore, I never understood why we were in any foreign nation blowing up property and people in these foreign lands. I never ever understood that at all. I never understood why we wanted to be the invaders, the very thing we are supposed to despise! To me, it was/is an undeniable sign that America(or at least the controllers of it) took the Constitution, crumbled it up, and threw it into the garbage can.

The Department of Defense is supposed to be just that, and not the opposite. Which is what we have now, the Department of Offense.

"If we lose freedom here there's no place to escape to. This is the last stand on earth." -Ronald Reagan

When they took us off the Gold Standard they took away our money... in order to make it theirs. -OneTinSoldier

I have already posted...

... twice. Don't want to hog all the space. How about someone answering this lost soul (one of the first posts):

eereader wrote:
You say American policy lead to the deaths of half a million children in Iraq? What was that policy?... etc...

Plano TX

depleated uranium

Visit www.globalresearch.ca/depleated uranium/children deoxy.org/wc/warcrime.htm www.snowshoefilms.com/ www.globalresearch.tv/depleated uranium In the first gulf war 11,000 US troops died from depleated uranium exposure.

Bob Marshall

Post is gone

I don't see a post where someone asks this question. Was it removed?

Great work!

Great work!

Liberty = Responsibility

Thanks...

... terrific...

Plano TX

Thanks...

... managed to register under Bastiat51... two posts in support of a great letter. The readers are being educated.

Plano TX

Nice Work

Is that $10T figure correct though?

Cost

http://taxdollars.ocregister.com/2011/09/12/war-on-terrors-f...

The above link sites several sources on the costs. But I don't think it counts TSA, First responder medical, lost tourism from our anti tourism stance.

Thanks!

I hadn't seen that. Good stuff.

Great letter!

Fantastic job!

LivingTheDream

Very nice - succinct and to the point.

A one-two punch! Great job.

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You are an excellent writer, and a fine

thinker.

Am I going blind? Where is

Am I going blind? Where is the link???

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Well done!

i think the numbers are off

I think it's closer to 1 trillion total we've spent between Iraq and Afghanistan - I need to look it up - But great job!

Bump and a vote up from me!

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I also like it put this way : When a detective investigates a 3.000 person world trade centre murders, they look for motive. No one accuses the detective of supporting the killers.

Also, pointing the finger at Foreign policy is something we can change, pointing it at the American way of life cannot be changed - it means constant war.

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That's a good point. It also

That's a good point. It also doesn't mean that detective doesn't try to go after the murderers and bring them to justice. But it's reckless for us not to learn from our mistakes.