I often encounter articles seeking to support America’s worldwide military interventionism by asking non-interventionists like Dr. Paul “What would you have done about Hitler?!”
I suggest the best response is to point out that if Dr. Paul had been President instead of Woodrow Wilson, there would never
have BEEN a Hitler. I invite you to evaluate my argument, and would love to receive your comments. I'm hoping this can become a widespread and effective counter to those who would use the Hitler question as a rhetorical cudgel against Dr. Paul.
It is understandable that foreign policy has taken a back seat to what is viewed as more pressing concerns: jobs, unemployment, debt, and entitlements. However, just a quick view of the world’s landscape and an articulated foreign policy is greatly needed. The Middle East is once again a hotbed of radicalization and chaos. Iran continues to nibble at the edges of American hegemony. Relations with Israel have never been poorer and the Palestine debate is gaining new life in the UN. China is doing as predicted in expanding its military capabilities and it is only a matter of time – probably this decade – when it leaves its insular world and directly challenges the US in South East Asia.
Strangely, considering the modern GOP’s strong legacy in foreign policy, the Republican candidates – and their conservative voters – are divided on the nature of America’s role in the world. Very surprising if one considers that two sizable armies are currently deployed in two countries. To say that President Obama’s liberal internationalist approach has failed goes without saying. Aside from that, and more to the point, how do the Republican candidates for president view American’s role in the world. What will be the direction of America under new Republican leadership?"
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The following is a comment to an NPR article about the 9/11 10th anniversary.
Duwayne Anderson (DandyStryker) wrote:
Rick Santorum tries to say Dr. Paul "blames America" for 9/11. This is nothing but desperate, pathetic demagoguery. Personally, I hold neocon trash like Rick Santorum culpable for 9/11, as he & his ilk are those who supported policies of interventionism, preemptive war, & decided America was the "policeman" of the world. These arrogant, ethnocentric, uneducated saboteurs of the Constitution are those who are truly to blame for the blowback which exposed itself on 9/11. And I would say this straight to his face.
Reagan’s Foreign Policy
Reagan was not the interventionist that the preemptive warfare crowd attempt to mis-portray him as. The only land conflict Reagan ever got involved in was Grenada. It lasted two days. Reagan’s only air strike was the 1986 bombing of Libya, lasting a day.
I don't see a note here for this article yet. I wanted to put it in so it gets more of a bump. This is a decent article from someone who is not in full agreement with Ron Paul's foreign policy, but understands it's probably a lot smarter than the status quo or neocon nonsense. This is both the type of more civil/reasonable dialogue that needs to happen and also a good example of people coming into the fold despite not being 100% in agreement.
Josh Hafner | Aug 28, 2011
Des Moines Register
Rick Santorum pounced on fellow GOP candidate Ron Paul’s assertion that U.S. intervention in the Middle East helped motivate the 9/11 attacks, saying in an email to The Des Moines Register on Sunday that the Texas congressman’s argument is flawed and belittling to victims of the tragedy.
“To imply that we were the catalyst of the attack on 9/11 disparages the memory of those who lost their lives on that tragic day and is an insult to who we are as a people,” said Santorum, a former Pennsylvania senator. “Congressman Paul’s understanding of the enemy and why they have attacked us is shockingly misguided.”
This marks at least the second time Santorum has sparred with Paul over Middle Eastern policy this month. In a heated exchange at the Ames GOP debate, Santorum said Iran seeks to destabilize the region. Paul called Santorum’s words “propaganda.”
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