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Ron Paul makes sense on foreign policy

Ron Paul makes sense on foreign policy
By John Ferland
Aiken
Monday, Oct. 3, 2011

In the most recent Republican presidential debate, former Sen. Rick Santorum attacked Rep. Ron Paul by saying he claimed Americans invited the attacks on 9-11. When Rudolph Giuliani made the same accusation in 2007, Paul responded with a reading list including the 9-11 Commission Report and the book Blowback by Chalmers Johnson.

Even our government concludes that Osama bin Laden’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 (then-Secretary of State 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 such as 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 1,000 billions!

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 –more than all the other candidates combined and even more than the commander-in-chief Barack Obama. Santorum’s support? The last time I checked: $250, or 0.0068 percent of the good doctor.

http://chronicle.augusta.com/opinion/letters/2011-10-03/ron-...



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