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Dr. Ron Paul's TheHill Op Ed: The Libya fiasco and the Folly of Intervention - Sept. 14, 2012

The Libya fiasco and the folly of intervention

By Rep. Ron Paul (R-Tex.) - 09/14/12 11:27 AM ET

The attack on the U.S. consulate in Libya and the killing of the U.S. ambassador and several aides is another tragic example of how our interventionist foreign policy undermines our national security. The more the U.S. tries to control the rest of the world, either by democracy promotion, aid to foreign governments, or by bombs, the more events spin out of control into chaos, unintended consequences, and blowback.

Unfortunately what we saw in Libya this week is nothing new.

In 1980s Afghanistan the U.S. supported Islamic radicals in their efforts to expel the invading Soviet military. These radicals became what we now know as al-Qaeda, and our one-times allies turned on us most spectacularly on September 11, 2001.

Iraq did not have a significant al Qaeda presence before the 2003 U.S. invasion, but our occupation of that country and attempt to remake it in our image caused a massive reaction that opened the door to al Qaeda, leading to thousands of US soldiers dead, a country destroyed, and instability that shows no sign of diminishing.

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Something about the handwringing..

I'd like to highlight two contrasting points of view, producing two different types of discourse about "govt. stupidity". On the one hand, it's the "provoking blowback" line of Ron Paul, and on the other hand the "giving in to Islam, by surrendering free speech" perspective by the likes of Robert Spencer.

There's something with the underlying handwringing about govt. stupidity, from either perspective, that bothers me. It more or less reinforces the idea of govt capable of acting sensibly, or, at any rate, with the concern of ordinary citizens at heart. But why, I ask, perpetuate this myth that if govt policies are testimony to a blatant disregard of our best interests, it must be out of stupidity, historical short-sightedness or just plain old cowardice?

My reply to the handwringing:
RP pov: maybe the ones currently in power aren't that stupid, i.e. Arab Spring(TM) "blowback" might just be exactly what they seek.

RS pov: maybe our political overlords are actively seeking to surrender (our) freedom of expression.

Kind regs from / Amsterdam (clip) /, Holland,

Let me guess

This will fall on deaf ears. AND, will incur the wrath of neocons. Still, good on him to say it, as usual.

The voice of reason

and understanding.

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How sad when there's no longer a single

voice in government we can know for sure will speak the plain truth.



thank you.

Predictions in due Time...

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Was just getting ready to

Was just getting ready to post this, thanks. I think this post should be part of this thread as well. Just in case one of the busy body MSM happens upon this:


The human race divides politically into those who want people to be controlled and those who have no such desire. - Heinlein