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Michael Scheuer: President Ron Paul!

President Ron Paul

by Michael Scheuer | May 8, 2012

Recently by Michael Scheuer: Listening to Gary Bauer

Ron Paul’s treatment by mainstream media, other Republican hopefuls, and the punditry makes me think the W.B. Yeats lines “Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold; Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world” also describe the year 2012 in the United States. Indeed, Paul’s experience in the nomination campaign suggests U.S. politics lacks reasoned substance, common sense, and an understanding of what America’s Founding Fathers intended.

Open up any newspaper to see the mess America has sunk itself into around the world: for example, facing off with China over a lone, non-American dissident whose safety has no relation to U.S. security. Yet today, Paul’s call for staying out of other people’s wars unless genuine U.S. national interests are at stake is deemed radical, immoral, even anti-American. Amazing.

If elected president, Paul’s most valuable contribution to a prosperous and secure American future might well lie in his application of a noninterventionist foreign policy, following the wishes of George Washington and the other founders.

Before explaining why Paul’s foreign policy would benefit the United States, it is worth rebutting those ill-educated jackasses in politics, the media, and the academy who denigrate the founders as “dead white males.” To them, the modern world is so different from Washington’s time that nothing the founders said or wrote pertains to contemporary foreign-policymaking. Such self-serving and ahistoric attitudes allow their advocates to pursue policies negating the Constitution, piling up debt, and fueling relentless intervention abroad.

Several years ago, Georgetown University’s distinguished professor emeritus Daniel Robinson cogently explained that the founding generation did not prescribe specific policies for unforeseeable future problems, but, rather, conducted a prolonged and profound seminar on “the nature of human nature.” They examined history and their own experiences and devised a set of principles true not only in their own era and in ancient Sparta, but also for the unknowable American future: Human nature never changes; man is not perfectible; individuals and governments must live within their means; man is hard-wired for conflict; and small government, frequent elections, and secure private property best protect liberty. Most crucial today is the principle that foreign interventions when no genuine U.S. interest is at risk will yield lost wars, deep debt, and decreased domestic liberty. These common-sense principles were the key to national security in the early republic and would regain that status in a Paul presidency.

A President Paul would infuse these principles into U.S. foreign policy and produce a noninterventionist doctrine: far fewer unnecessary and costly wars, far fewer dead soldiers, and far greater U.S. national security. This is a workable, adult approach to the world – especially the Muslim world – unlike the adolescent approach America’s bipartisan governing elite has hewed to for decades.

What the founders and Paul advocate, and what the U.S. political elite have forgotten, might be termed the “Schoolyard Rule.” Most of us, in the halcyon days of youth, learned at recess that every action elicits a reaction: Push someone in the schoolyard, and you will be pushed back. We also learned that a single, cavalier push meaning little to you might quickly turn into a bigger fracas, complete with cuts, bruises, or worse, until Sister Mary Lawrence and her metal-edged yardstick arrived to stop the fight and restore order.

We also learned the Schoolyard Rule’s corollary: If you are pushed during recess, you better push back – even if the instigator is bigger – and hope that the good sister arrives to save your bacon. If you do not push back, the pain you receive becomes a daily occurrence. Militant Islamists assiduously apply this corollary to defend a Muslim world they perceive as too-long passive in the face of murderous superpower pushing. The Islamists are pushing back and depending on Allah – in the role of Sister Mary Lawrence – to give eventual victory to the Muslim David.

This action-reaction lesson is a key part of a youngster’s practical education, and in the course of his or her pre-college schooling the Schoolyard Rule is reinforced by courses in subjects like history, physics, religion, and chemistry. At high school graduation, most American teenagers have a handle on the idea that if you push, you will be pushed back, and are confident that this is an iron law. When was the last time you met a schoolyard Gandhi?

But then comes college. The unfortunates who trundle off to Yale, Harvard, Columbia, and elsewhere in the Ivy League are cleansed of the Schoolyard Rule’s common sense, emerging four years later with few contact points with reality. They have learned to shape policies for the world they want, not the one on offer. They believe it their duty to use whatever tool available, be it laws, bayonets, or cruise missiles, to turn the world’s people into semi-socialist, spendthrift, ahistoric, anti-religious democrats – in short, mirror images of themselves.

These Ivy League graduates who have forgotten the Schoolyard Rule now dominate U.S. foreign policy. Eager to push hard any person or state they disagree with or dislike, they blithely assume the pushed will know such punishment is indispensable in becoming as smart, cool, and sophisticated as people like Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, and John McCain.

Nearly alone among Republicans and Democrats, Paul knows that ignoring the Schoolyard Rule, its corollary, and the founders’ warning against nonessential intervention in foreigners’ affairs would be ruinous for America. As president, Paul would push only if a genuine U.S. national security interest were at stake. Wars would be fought only over life-and-death matters – like access to energy and freedom of the seas – and not over ephemera like Israel’s interests and women’s rights and human rights overseas.

Paul would listen to the enemy. Not to empathize or sympathize, but to understand his motivation and form policy to defeat him, ensuring the motivation of today’s enemies is not passed to the next generation. The failure of both Bushes, Clinton, and Obama to understand that it is U.S. government actions in the Islamic world that fire Islamist motivation, not hatred of freedom or how Americans live at home, proves that only Paul’s approach can restore U.S. security. The Islamists have educated Americans just as clearly and openly as Ho Chi Minh and General Giap did; the United States’ failure of perception has already ensured that much of the next generation of young Muslims will become Islamists.

A Ron Paul presidency would reverse a half-century of Republican and Democratic leaders maintaining national security policies that lethally push Muslims, premised on the delusion they will not push back. President Paul would replace the interventionism of these men and women – who are merely miseducated, not evil – with the founders’ guidance, the Schoolyard Rule, and a belief that the federal government is an engine of national destruction and bankruptcy. For President Paul, the protection of the United States’ genuine interests by avoiding unnecessary wars and frivolous interventions is first, last, and always the main foreign-policy priority of the U.S. government.

This article was originally published on Foreign Policy’s website and is reprinted with the author's permission.

May 8, 2012

Michael Scheuer [send him mail] is the author of Marching Toward Hell: America and Islam After Iraq and Imperial Hubris and Through Our Enemies' Eyes. He recently resigned after 22 years at the CIA. He served as chief of the CIA's bin Laden unit.

Copyright 2012 © Michael Scheuer

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“The God who gave us life, gave us liberty at the same time: the hand of force may destroy, but cannot disjoin them.”

– Thomas Jefferson

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Copyright Issue?

OP - posting the entire article might be problematic. Perhaps you should just give the first couple of paragraphs and a link to the rest.

Ron Paul - Honorary Founding Father

I usually restrict all my posts to 3 to

4 paragraphs, latter if the article has a sentence for a 'paragraph,' as per DP posting guidelines for posting third party works and/or copyrighted articles.

But with those affiliated with Dr. Paul, or at Mises or LewRockwell.com, they usually don't mind.

For most articles at LewRockwell.com, Lew puts a disclaimer on the bottom, allowing infinite number of parts or complete reposts, provided it's credited.

And of course, should the mods want to post if for frontpage, they're certainly more than welcome to contract it to three paragraphs, at their leisure.

But I suppose if Mr. Scheuer wanted to, I'd certainly respect his wishes, as well.

Predictions in due Time...

"Let it not be said that no one cared, that no one objected once it's realized that our liberties and wealth are in jeopardy." - Dr. Ronald Ernest Paul

Mr. Bauer is Anti-Christian and Opposed to God

I say this because:

1) He is operating under the premise that "I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse; and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you." Gen 12:3

Someone forgot to tell Gary that Christians do not operate under a completed/fulfilled Contract (a.k.a. Covenant[Old Testament]). To promote and endorse following the old Contract, puts you under the full LAW(s) of the old contract. Obviously, Christians are under a New Contract (New Covenant [New Testament]).

2) Ant-Christian Bauer is actualy HINDERING fulfillment of the return of "Messiah". People fail to realize the Escatological importance of remaining Nuetral when dealing with Israel. None will come to Israels aid and this forces Israel to cry-out and seek God's intervention. And He does intervene and Israel becomes a witness again to God's glory. Revelation 16:13-16

3) Mr Bauer is patently against God and is a "war monger" not a "Peace Maker". As one witness before Gary, I call him out and notify him of his SIN. Blessed are those he make Peace Gary God blesses those who work for peace, for they will be called the children of God. Matt 5:9 Gary. You advocate "WAR" not "Peace". Additionally, “Put your sword in its place, for all who take the sword will perish by the sword.” (Matthew 26:51-52).

Feel free to defend yourself Gary. You are publically opposed to God and I suggest you change course and head in the other direction.

When I hear things like you

When I hear things like you say, I am sickened. I heard people talking like this before, gleeful that so much was wrong with the world because Christ would return, soon. If He does come back, you will not be one of those He chooses as His faithful. Because he says this:

Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth.
Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.
7 Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy.
8 Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God.
9 Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God
10 Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness' sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven...(UH OH..this could be Muslims..)
9 Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven
Therefore if thou bring thy gift to the altar, and there rememberest that thy brother hath ought against thee;
24 Leave there thy gift before the altar, and go thy way; first be reconciled to thy brother, and then come and offer thy gift.

Ye have heard that it hath been said, An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth but I say unto you, That ye resist not evil: but whosoever shall smite thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also.
Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbor, Lev. 19.18 and hate thine enemy.
44 But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;
45 that ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust.
46 For if ye love them which love you, what reward have ye? do not even the publicans the same?
47 And if ye salute your brethren only, what do ye more than others? do not even the publicans so?

I do not have any love for people who pick things they like out of the Bible and ignore the rest. IF this is true, and "Christ returns" His wrath will surely be meted out on the US and you personally.

P.S. NOTHING we do will ever "hinder" God. And, there are NO RULES He has to follow, either.

had Dr. Paul been alive in days of yore,

he'd definitely be THE prime example of the "Philosopher King," except in his case, it'd be more like the Reluctant King, a King who despises power.

"For he who is honest is noble
Whatever his fortunes or birth."


That's our Doc for ya: the most noble Statesman alive, whom ironically abhors the State/the Leviathan and all it stands for. A man who solely qualifies for the non-existent oxymoron of an "honest politician," who IS honest, but is not a politician, though his occupational disposition maybe described as such.

After our Gray Champ rides into the proverbial sunset, I doubt we'll ever see another living embodiment of that oxymoron that really shouldn't exist in real life at all: an "honest politician" for a long time, if ever.

We'll just have to see how far Rand, Justin Amash, Sheriff Mack, and our other "liberty candidates" fare, down the line.

But I doubt it. Dr. Paul is this society's last link to anyone who's literally lived through the Great Depression, who is in public life enough to share wisdom forged during that hard era, and one who's lived through every single important historical epoch, ever since.

Dr. Paul, an irreplaceable American Original.

Predictions in due Time...

"Let it not be said that no one cared, that no one objected once it's realized that our liberties and wealth are in jeopardy." - Dr. Ronald Ernest Paul

Last Veteran Standing

We might not see Veterans running for POTUS in the future. Being an optimist, I see the message of Liberty being spread by a tireless minority into a brushfire. There are those past and presently serving that are aware and continue to wake others to the reality that what we do now will be for future generations in restoring our Republic.

President Paul!

"I, __________, do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic."


There is no duration defined in the Oath

I am convinced

That RON PAUL is the only choice we have right now to bring this country back around to the constitutional law of the land.

no doubt!

will get no argument from me there!

Unless Dr. Paul becomes the POTUS, there WILL be a revolution in the streets of Amerika. The Ruling Class is sorely underestimating the visceral disenchantment at their own peril.

NWO Problem Reaction Solution "Ordo Ab Chao" or not, it's clear they've lost control over their 'controlled implosion' when their own derivatives exposure according to Bank of Int. Settlements aggregated numbers are estimated to be around $1.5 QUADRILLION! As in a THOUSAND TRILLION!

There is no mathematical way in hell of paying off debts that NONE of us incurred.

Frankly, unless the globe's entire NON-completely consensual two-party private contract 'loans' are wiped off, there is absolutely ZERO chance of recovery.

Besides, let's face it. These Bankster bastards literally created 'money' out of thin air, and made debt slavery loans based on capital that NEVER existed in the first place, constituting fraud, anyway.

And, even with Dr. Paul, it would've been a cushioned controlled deceleration, followed by a brief hardship, then proper recovery. Except with Dr. Paul, the captain of the ship would be someone who'd be able to navigate the floating mindfield, and steer us out onto a proper path toward new growth.

With ANYONE else, we all know what's ahead: WWIII starting with Syria then Iran, and NDAA police state at home.

It's do or die. And frankly, those who aren't R3VOL are a gazillion times more likely to steer the public discontent toward a guillotine path, as those who don't vent often, are almost always much more brutal when desperate. Is it any surprise that despite the flowery leftist rhetoric, the world's most brutal regimes are almost always socialist/fascist/corporatist leftists?

It's hilarious to me that most people never think of the Nazis as socialist, when "National Sozialistische Deutsche ArbeiterPartei (National Socialist German Workers' Party)" were their full name!

It's now or never, baby! Otherwise, for many of us, I'd assume it'll be 'go Galt' time, and many will simply hunker down and bug-IN and simply await what may come.

Hope to God, even the delusional lunatic murderous Ruling Class has some visceral sense of self-preservation with an eye looking back on world's recent history, like say about a century ago, and realize peace IS always the best option.

But at this rate, who knows? They've certainly displayed that there is no limit to their murderously sociopathic ways.

only time will tell.

stay tuned...

Predictions in due Time...

"Let it not be said that no one cared, that no one objected once it's realized that our liberties and wealth are in jeopardy." - Dr. Ronald Ernest Paul



what a brilliant summation.

Predictions in due Time...

"Let it not be said that no one cared, that no one objected once it's realized that our liberties and wealth are in jeopardy." - Dr. Ronald Ernest Paul