After reading the article here entitled “The Problem with (Ron) Paul” I felt the need to comment on it as it the writer, Anthony W Hager, used the Neocon playbook to justify America’s Imperialism Foreign Policy.
The article starts off by praising Ron Paul for his views on domestic policies but when the article turns to his views on Foreign Policy, the authors didn’t even try to hide his jingoism.
Rule 1: Lump all people from the Middle East together and label them as Terrorist;
Paul believes that our “foreign occupations” spurred the 9/11 attacks. However, “foreign occupation” falls short in explaining the reason Islamists choose violence. The culture reflected in the jihad movement relishes conflict. If there were no Israel, Islamists would find another justification for violence. The Muslim Brotherhood was anti-Zionist before the post-war establishment of Israel. If there were neither a United States nor an Israel, another enemy would spark the fanatic’s flame. Even in biblical history, pre-Islamic Arabs and Persians fought not only with Jews, but with each other. Any reason, provocation, or insult, whether real or perceived, can stir Islamist violence.
Rule 2: Instill Fear. We need to get ‘them’ before they get ‘us';
But the problem with Ron Paul — his fatal flaw — is his belief that America will be safer if we bring all troops home and adopt a quasi-isolationist foreign policy.
Rule 3: Reference World War 2 because, you know, America saved the world by entering the war
Paul’s view of international relations is similar to the one America held prior to World War II. The U.S. thought that neutrality was an option in an increasingly hostile world. Thus, Hitler’s Germany went from a defeated and demilitarized nation to a burgeoning and aggressive war machine.
The bottom line is this; America currently has a Foreign Policy of ‘international offense’ whereas Ron Paul is interested in a ‘national defence’. If the author actually knew Ron Paul’s position on Foreign Policy, then he would have agreed with him. Oh wait, he did without even realising it;
Ron Paul is correct in believing that the United States isn’t responsible for forcefully establishing freedom and self-government throughout the world.
The reason I commented on this article is because it is one of the sloppiest Ron Paul hit pieces I have read in some time. And believe me, what with his current popularity, there are many Ron Paul hit pieces out there.