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Foreign Policy, History, And The GOP Race

Here's a portion from another great blogpost @ http://4libertysake.com/2011/09/14/foreign-policy-history-an...

Foreign Policy is an area of Politics that the majority of Americans are largely in the dark about. This' because most of the work done in foreign lands is done secretively, and far out of sight of our inquiring eyes. Most of what we currently see taking place in the middle east is the fruit of clandestine operations outside the bounds of conventional ground warfare, and wasn't/isn't covered by the media. This makes it extremely hard for the average American citizen to understand the in's and out's of anti-american Semitism. While it's oddly comforting to think that other countries hate us or want to attack us because of our freedom and prosperity, it's just simply not the case.

In his rather prophetic book Blowback, published before 9/11, Chalmers Johnson warned that our secret operations abroad would eventually exact a price here at home. Blowback is a word used in the Central Intelligence Agency to describe the unintended consequences that occur because of our covert operations in foreign countries. It's important to understand that, "Blowback" does not refer simply to reactions to historical events, but more specifically to reactions to operations carried out by the U.S. government that are kept secret from the American public and from most of their representatives in Congress." (Chalmers Johnson, Pg. 13, 14, Dismantling The Empire)

It's hard for me to understand a concept like blowback, because I wasn't alive when some of these events took place, so, not only was I unaware that these operations had even taken place, but, I also had no clue that they still are. This' an unfortunate reality for both me and anyone else who would like to stay in the "know" in regards to our affairs in the rest of the world. It's also very discouraging to think that the majority of our elected officials are in the same boat as us when it comes to the disclosure of secretive dealings with other sovereign nations, because there's a chance that these representatives don't understand (much like us) the full implications of our foreign policy and how it affects us here in America.

"Whenever this subject comes up, I always urge that we look more carefully at the problem than most people are willing to do. We need to ask what drives anyone to criminality. This is an important consideration for all efforts in law enforcement. We must examine the roots to understand the actions. If we want to end violence, we surely need to look at what gives rise to it, especially if it is of a political nature. If we neglect to do that, we usually end up making the problem worse rather than better." (Ron Paul, Pg. 286, Liberty Defined)

If one is willing to take a closer look in regards to this issue, they would be surprised to find that former head of the Bin Laden Unit for the C.I.A Michael Scheuer agrees with Ron Paul in regards to the root cause of the 9/11 terrorist attacks on our country. He also agrees that our interventionist foreign policy is one of the main contributors to the demise of our country. Positions that current GOP candidates either aren't brave enough to talk about, or are just plain wrong about.

"Mr. Paul, of course, never blamed the United States for the war the Islamists started and are now waging on the United States. What he did say is merely what is true beyond any credible challenge: Our growing number of Islamist enemies are motivated to attack us because of what the U.S. government does in the Muslim world and not because of how Americans live and think here at home. Mr. Paul bravely and clearly delivers this essential message to U.S. voters, and as long as he tells this truth he will receive the venom and slander of the above mentioned people and organizations." (Michael Scheuer, www.non-intervention.com)

I hate to burst Rick Santorum's bubble, but his accusations are nothing more than the fruit of the american decadence so prevalent today. When it comes to foreign policy, it requires more than a superficial look at the world and how we choose to operate in it. It's time that we quit settling for the regurgitated political punch lines as a solid foundation for what it is that we believe about any issue, and start doing some research on our own.

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