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Ron Paul's Texas Straight Talk September 01, 2014: Obama Has No Middle East Strategy? Good! (VIDEO)

Ron Paul's Texas Straight Talk September 01, 2014: Obama Has No Middle East Strategy? Good! (VIDEO)

Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R7vJz7KCAFo

Written by Ron Paul
Sunday, August 31, 2014

Last week President Obama admitted that his administration has not worked out a strategy on how to deal with the emergence of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) as a dominant force in the Middle East. However, as ISIS continues its march through Syria and Iraq, many in the US administration believe it is, in the words of Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, a threat “beyond anything we have ever seen.”

Predictably, the neocons attacked the president’s speech. They believe the solution to any problem is more bombs and troops on the ground, so they cannot understand the president’s hesitation.

Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee Buck McKeon made it clear that fighting ISIS is going to cost a lot more money and will bring US forces back to Iraq for the third time. The post-Iraq, post-Afghanistan peace dividend disintegrates.

Mr. McKeon said last week:
ISIS is an urgent threat and a minimalist approach, that depends solely on FY15 funding or pinprick strikes that leave fragile forces in Iraq and Syria to do the hard fighting, is insufficient to protect our interests and guarantee our safety in time.
What does this mean in practice? If the neocons have their way, the Federal Reserve will “print” more money to finance another massive US intervention in the Middle East. In reality this means further devaluation of the US dollar, which is a tax on all Americans that will hit the poorest hardest.

A new US military incursion will not end ISIS; it will provide them with the recruiting tool they most crave, while draining the US treasury. Just what Osama bin Laden wanted!

McKeon and the other hawks act as if they had only recently become aware of the ISIS. Or if they noticed it, they pretend US policy had nothing to do with its rise.

McKeon also said last week, “ISIS threat was allowed to build and fester over a period of time.”

In fact, US regime change policy in Syria was directly responsible for the rise of ISIS over these past three years. As journalist Eric Margolis observed recently, the emergence of ISIS is the “mother of all blowback.” The neocons who want us to get tougher on ISIS, including a US attack on Syria, are the same ones who not long ago demanded that we support groups like ISIS to overthrow the Assad government in Syria. US-trained and funded “moderates” from the Free Syrian Army joined the Islamist militias including ISIS, taking US weapons and training with them.

Three years of supporting any force that might overthrow the secular government of President Assad has produced a new monster in the Middle East that neocons insist the US must slay.

Why can’t they just admit they were wrong? Why can’t the interventionists just admit that their support for regime change in Syria was a terrible and tragic mistake?

If ISIS is as big a threat as they claim, why can’t they simply ask Assad to help out? Assad has never threatened the United States; ISIS has. Assad has been fighting ISIS and similar Islamist extremist groups for three years.

Why does the US government insist on aligning with theocracies in the Middle East? If there is anything that contradicts the US Constitution and American values it is a theocratic government. I do not believe that a majority in the Middle East wants to live under such a system, so why do we keep pushing it on them? Is that what they call promoting democracy?

A lack of strategy is a glimmer of hope. Perhaps the president will finally stop listening to the neocons and interventionists whose recommendations have gotten us into this mess in the first place! Here’s a strategy: just come home.

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Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R7vJz7KCAFo


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“ISIS threat was allowed to

“ISIS threat was allowed to build and fester over a period of time.”

Right there. That was/IS the strategy. Isis or Isil ( anyone know why Barry refers to them as ISIL instead of ISIS?) is a product of America, NATO and so called allies. We created them. We armed, funded and trained them to overthrow Assad in Syria. We paved the way for a easy takeover in Iraq and left enormous stockpiles of weaponry behind for their taking.

Saudi Arabia provided, and probably still provides, aid to Isis and the Sauds are considered American allies. Isis is an outgrowth of American policy, no question about it.

I can't help but wonder, are we using Isis to keep Arab nations in chaos and bickering amongst themselves so we can rewrite the middle east to favor Israel, or destroy Israel, while simultaneously destroying America financially.

Maybe just once, Obombya

Maybe just once, Obombya going to the golf course would be the right decision! Do nothing, spend nothing - spare American lives!


Help Assad? ZOG & Netanyahoo would be against that. Not part of their plan.

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I would agree...

if I thought that the lack of a strategy would prevent the U.S. government from blundering on ahead regardless.

Dr. Ron Paul is 100% Right as Usual

Dr. Paul is right as usual.

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When it comes to foreign

When it comes to foreign policy, the man is in over his head. He has not a clue how to deal with it. I am only 27 and yet I could carry out a better foreign policy than he can.

To climb the mountain, you must believe you can.

Ok, so who exactly disgrees

Ok, so who exactly disgrees with me that Obama doesnt have a clue on foreign policy? Dont just downvote me.

To climb the mountain, you must believe you can.

Yea, oops sorry.

Yea, oops sorry.

To climb the mountain, you must believe you can.

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That was me, downvoting an ambiguous comment

Now that you have clarified, I voted you up.

(There were two males in the story, and the "primary he" (in the subject) was Ron Paul.)

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THe downvoter may have presumed you were ...

speaking of Ron Paul, that might explain the downvote w/o comment. (BTW, voted you up, since I saw no reason for the downvote.)

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