Foreign Policy

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Look, we are bankrupt as a nation. Our army marches in Chinese boots, while our air force flies on Saudi oil. We cannot continue to enforce a Pax Americana while our southern border allows illegals and terrorists to pour into our country. And we certainly shouldn’t be footing the defense bill for countries with whom our industries compete in the global marketplace. Bring our soldiers home. Secure America first.

What is Blowback?

If you hit someone and kill their family, they will hate you and probably hit you back in the future.

That’s what blowback is all about. It seems like such a simple concept, but many of Ron Paul’s opponents for the Presidency vehemently denied its validity.

They proclaim that what our military does abroad has no effect on how the citizens of the world feel towards us. The 9/11 terrorists hated our wealth and freedom so intensely that they sacrificed their lives to prove it? (Of course, our government bombing their countries, propping up their dictators and supplying their enemies with money and weapons had nothing to do with it…)

Instead of securing our borders, we’ve been planning, initiating and waging wars of aggression. Our military is spread thin all across the planet, yet we remain involved in dangerous power plays that unnecessarily put the lives of our soldiers at risk. And we brazenly squandered the wealth of our nation as if there were no tomorrow.

It doesn’t make any sense unless you consider increasing the profits of the military-industrial complex to be in the “national interest”, no matter what the cost to the rest of us may be.

America first. That is what Ron Paul‘s national defense proposal is all about. And with America he means all Americans, not just the elite. If elected President, Ron Paul will continue his efforts to secure our borders, safely bring our troops back home, and finally overhaul the intelligence apparatus in cooperation with intelligence professionals rather than political opportunists.

Ron Paul loves America. He is one of the very few true patriots left in Washington who are actively working on protecting our freedoms, our lives and our dignity.

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981 responses to “Foreign Policy”

  1. Joni

    Georgia Congressman warns of Obama Dictatorship, He’s asking for a National Security Force answerable to him to “rebuild” the infrastructure here on American soil during “postwar reconstruction” and that if he’s successful in this plan, one of the first phases will be to implement gun control. Sound familiar?

    I’d love to hear what Ron Paul has to say regarding this. If you have any information where I can find Mr Paul’s opinions in this regard, please enlighten me!

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  2. Jimmy

    In response to some of the comments:

    The world has changed politically and economically a lot since Hitler time. The majority of people just want to have a good living and live peacelly with each other. With nuclear arsenals, no country is going to march their army to conquer other countries like ancient time. Super powers like Russia and China, they just want to have influnce over their regions and neightbors, just like our influence over Canada, Central and South Americas. Why should we step out of our boundries and police the whole world. If other countries want our military help and our protection, they have to be accepted by their people and the invitee should share the costs.

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  3. amanda

    Wow…very interesting ‘facts’ from the Qur’an.

    I’d love to hear response/explanation from a practicing Muslim (or several).

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    1. Jolene

      I agree… I would like someone to expalin Jihad as well AND if the Qur’an is being hijacked so to speak for evil… then where are the Islam leaders treating these people as a cult and doing something about it? Perhaps they are… But we need to all fight for our FREEDOMS, CIVIL RIGHTS, LIBERTIES, and FREE MARKETS together. We need to recognize that from our differences comes our strength and prosperity.

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  4. Lorellian

    “There is nothing in the Qu’ran or in Sunnah, NOTHING I repeat – if you read the entire text – that suggests that Islam has any kind of goal of turning everyone into Muslims or otherwise killing them. This has never been a part of Islam.”

    Qur’an:9:5 — “Fight and kill the disbelievers wherever you find them, take them captive, harass them, lie in wait and ambush them using every stratagem of war.”

    Ishaq:324 — “He said, ‘Fight them so that there is no more rebellion, and religion, all of it, is for Allah only. Allah must have no rivals.’”

    Ishaq:587 — “Our onslaught will not be a weak faltering affair. We shall fight as long as we live. We will fight until you turn to Islam, humbly seeking refuge. We will fight not caring whom we meet. We will fight whether we destroy ancient holdings or newly gotten gains. We have mutilated every opponent. We have driven them violently before us at the command of Allah and Islam. We will fight until our religion is established. And we will plunder them, for they must suffer disgrace.”

    ” In fact Hadith tell Muslims that they might be half of those in heaven, suggesting that there will be ‘other’ believers in Heaven as well.”

    Qur’an 33:64 — “Verily Allah has cursed the Unbelievers [whom he defines as Christians in the 5th surah] and has prepared for them a Blazing Fire to dwell in forever. No protector will they find, nor savior. That Day their faces will be turned upside down in the Fire. They will say: ‘Woe to us! We should have obeyed Allah and obeyed the Messenger!’ ‘Our Lord! Give them double torment and curse them with a very great Curse!’”

    “A true muslim when confronted with someone with differing religious beliefs that doesn’t want to engage in any kind of enlightened discussion, will just say, You to religion and me to mine and walk away.”

    Qur’an 5:5 — “Believers, take not Jews and Christians for your friends.”

    Qur’an 21:06 — “Not one of the populations which We destroyed believed: will these believe? …So we saved whom We pleased, and We destroyed the disbelievers.”

    Tabari VIII:130 — “The Messenger said, ‘Two religions cannot coexist in the Arabian Peninsula.’ Umar investigated the matter, then sent to the Jews, saying: ‘Allah has given permission for you to be expelled.”

    Qur’an 60:4 — “We reject you. Hostility and hate have come between us forever, unless you believe in Allah only.’”

    “Because terrorism goes completely against Islamic beliefs – TRULY.”

    Qur’an:8:12 — “I shall terrorize the infidels. So wound their bodies and incapacitate them because they oppose Allah and His Apostle.”

    Ishaq:326 — “If you come upon them, deal so forcibly as to terrify those who would follow, that they may be warned. Make a severe example of them by terrorizing Allah’s enemies.”

    Qur’an:8:67 — “It is not fitting for any prophet to have prisoners until he has made a great slaughter in the land.”

    Ishaq:327 — “Allah said, ‘A prophet must slaughter before collecting captives. A slaughtered enemy is driven from the land. Muhammad, you craved the desires of this world, its goods and the ransom captives would bring. But Allah desires killing them to manifest the religion.’”

    Bukhari:V9B87N127 — “The Prophet said, ‘I have been given the keys of eloquent speech and given victory with terror.’”

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    1. Meetra

      Um, Halal pig butcher is right. Moreover than the context of the period, Arabic is a language that cannot really ever be adequately translated into English; the meaning of the word changes profoundly Similar, to Farsi in the sense that the language has many poetic ways of saying simple things,the translations are misleading. There are a lot of times when a saying, when translated, makes no sense at all. When taken out of the whole scripture, these small sentences are even more misleading. And if some of what you published came from the Sunnah, check it out. Some hadiths (the saying, actions, and approvals of Mohammad)are authentic, and others are not. So if you took some of what you published out of unauthentic hadith, well……..that just make you a really dumb bitch I guess. I am a Christian; I do not like people perverting scripture from he bible and so I definitely don’t like it when someone else does it to another religious group.

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  5. mturtle

    Sergio –
    I am curious how much YOU understand about Muslims and where YOUR understanding of them comes from – please explain. As a practicing muslim, I can assure you that muslims are not, I repeat, ARE NOT interested in taking over the world or turning the WEST into muslim-ruled land. There is nothing in the Qu’ran or in Sunnah, NOTHING I repeat – if you read the entire text – that suggests that Islam has any kind of goal of turning everyone into Muslims or otherwise killing them. This has never been a part of Islam. In fact Hadith tell Muslims that they might be half of those in heaven, suggesting that there will be ‘other’ believers in Heaven as well. Please try to meet with and speak to muslims in your community, wherever you may find them. Go visit the mosque in your community and see what this religion is about. Muslims have never been into conspiring to destroy others. That is not Islam. A true muslim when confronted with someone with differing religious beliefs that doesn’t want to engage in any kind of enlightened discussion, will just say, You to religion and me to mine and walk away. That is Sunnah. If there are radical terrorists out there claiming that they are acting upon Islamic doctrine – they are LYING or MANIPULATING ignorant masses in order to get them to carry out their political agenda (much like our government does). Because terrorism goes completely against Islamic beliefs – TRULY. For those of you who don’t believe me, please seek out sincere Islamic sources, muslims in your community, genuine islamic sources online and find out for yourselves. I believe that Sergio has been indoctrinated with the militaristic propaganda needed to get our military men to believe that muslims are a real enemy and threat and therefore do not feel bad about killing them. This is what the government and military must do in order to get soldiers to carry out their agendas. When it doesn’t work, you have defectors, or soldiers coming back with PTSD or substance abuse/addiction disorders. Sergio, before you continue smearing Islam, please try to seek out the truth first.

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  6. Sergio

    As a military veteran of both operation enduring freedom and Iraqi Freedom I have to wonder how much anyone really understands the Muslims we are fighting.

    This is a group of people who are bent on the fall of the WEST. Not just the United States…the entire western civilization as we know it.

    Those who who dont belong to a faith, those who do belong to a faith, homosexuals basically EVERYONE who is not a Muslim is a target.

    We have seen it already i Europe….we are so giving and “understanding” that Mulims have DEMANDED more and more…murdering their wives and wanting it not to be a crime? Religious freedoms? How far will they go before people wake up and see the errosion of the free thinking world…go to a Muslim country and see if you can even hold a bible study witout ending up in prison.

    Once a country becomes a “muslim” country personal freedoms and liberties go out the window….yet somehow people think it will be different if we leave them alone…as if they cant become citizens in our country and begin the process here…

    There is no safety in burying your head in the sand and pretending evil people dont exist. Humans are imperfect and extract their own versions of a perfect world…the extreme Muslim will not stop until we are all dead or are pracicing Muslims…if you think I am crazy I dare you to go to a country ruled by the Koran and try to exercise the basic Amercian liberties we enjoy…freedom of speech for one…

    As much as I would love to live in a world where my children were free to visit any country wihtout fear I am not nearly that naieve. Anytime you have money (United States = worlds richest country) People EXPECT certain things.

    1. They expect us to fight the good fight (whatever that may be in their perspective)
    2. They expect us to shell out money for their disasters, their poverty and their “causes”
    3. They expect us to suck it up when our goods hit their shores and they charge 20-100% taxes on them and make them basically so expensive no one overseas can even afford an American made product. (Japan is a major player as well as China)

    China manipulates its currency to make American goods too expensive. With 5 billion people spending power takes on a whole new ballgame vs our 300 million…

    The number one fundamental problem in our country is education and the lack of common skills.

    Children in third world countries cant even read but can operate businesses. Small business is the life blood of our country and most kids in school cant balance a check book. They dont know what the stock market is, how it works or why we need it.

    Financial education (or lack thereof) creates the situation we are in now. We have raised generations of CONSUMERS…materialistic self absorbed CONSUMERS who dont “manufacture” anything.

    Healthcare….why is it a Hospital can charge you $8 for one aspirin but internet providers are FIGHTING to offer a months worth for $10….competition and personal accountability.

    IN a system where NO ONE shops around in, with limited providers, is it any wonder why people can charge 50-100-150K for procedures that take a few hours….if you dont foot the bill what do you care…let someone else pay for your open heart quadruple bypass surgery…your gonna smoke, eat greaseburgers and sit on the couch like a good consumer and let the rest of us pay for it.

    Insurance is about the greater good…for those unfortunate things we cant control. If no one is accountable for their personl actions in their daily health the system will collapse (or become EXTREMELY expensive)

    IF we have fewer and fewer doctors….prices for service go sky high (hows 500-750K+ a year sound doctor?)

    The overwhelming majority of people dont need super high $$$ specialists but since we have so few doctors and so many sick (read unhealthy lifestyle) people we end up needing MAJOR procedures to correct simple things that could have been avoided with more checkups and healthier lifestyles. (had we had

    Everybody talks about social feel good projects but no one asks where the money is going to come from….I guess we can just throw it on the backs of our great grandchildren and ask them to take one for the team.

    Why not have goverment doctors who go to public universities and medical schools who sign up to serve as public doctors for 10-15 years in return for a free education?

    More doctors, lower hospital costs and a “pay it forward” public service corp of medical professionals.

    As it stands now college costs are skyrocketing and doctors or aspiring doctors have to take on a mountain of debt….obviously the payoff is there (should they make it) but honestly how much do books cost? $35,000 a semester? Really?

    But again…no competition…you can charge whatever you like…meamwhile Medicare and Social Security are the MAJORITY of our budget while the HUGE (read “joke”) military budget is about 5% of the national budget…if were looking to save money that might be a good place to start…

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    1. Hallal Pig Butcher

      First of all the US isnt the richest country in the world, How could we be if we have no valuable exports. we just appera that was because our monetary system is ran by the federal reserve who can print money out of thin air with nothing of value to back it(debt) and excercise that ability to the max.

      Second of all our millitary policy of world policing and helping dictators, giving israel bombs copters, bombers, guns bullets, tanks and anyother type of ammunition you could think of has To Impose their will upon palestineans that have just as many rights to that land as the isralies do (if not MORE) led to the abhorance of america and our big brother great Britan.

      Muslim law supports the belief that a person or group of people can practice their sepratist religion freely. I WOULD KNOW. I AM MUSLIM AND HAVE STUDIED ISLAMIC LAW (SHARIAH), You have no idea what youre talking about

      All of our Inflation problems would be solved if we changed our monetary system to a gold standard. But so many people are afraid to possibly lose a shread of what this inflation has brought them. even if it is whats best in the long run.

      ABOLISH THE FEDERAL RESERVE AND INCOME TAX, How can we call ourselvs capitalists a free nation when our government awards or rewards failure and squandering with trillions of dollars in bailout money.

      Please think logically. If you put your partisan beliefs aside and what rumors you have been told and pre concieved notions about this man aside you will see the obious truth.

      I have Concidered myself democratic up to this point. now i see that there is no true democrat or republican candidates for office only opportunists Now I am not partisan. i only have the best intrests of our nation at heart.

      RON PAUL STANDS ALONE

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      1. Jolene

        Thanks for your reply… interesting.

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    2. Meetra

      Sergio,
      You are aware that in Iran there are pretty large practicing Jewish communities, right? Oh and that there are even Christians in Iran. If Islam is so Militant against so called “heretics”, don’t you think that the conflict between Sunni’s and Shi’as would have caused social implosion already? Sectarian issues are far more important to Muslims than most other issues; further more, Christians and Jews are referred to as people of the book, and Muslim men are allowed to marry women of the book; if Muslims were so militant this would not be the case.
      Thanks for going to Iraq, no really; THANK YOU FOR BEING AN AMERICAN SERVICEPERSON. Honestly though, could you do America a big favor and get a clue? One book that may help you would be the Shi’a revival by Vali Nasr; he goes into detail about this subject. Oh, and just so that you don’t fall into any trap……… MUSLIMS ARE NICE PEOPLE. I am a Christian and trust me, there are some major evil people in that faith to, but it is not indicative of every person of that particular faith.

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  7. Craig

    Cheryl, I think it’s ironic that you would question how the government could continue without income tax. All the IRS has done for us as a nation is convince us that we have more money than we have and create new levels of beaucracy that more closely resemble a business than a civil service. The “Victory tax” was created in 1942 to pay for WWII; this tax is what we now know as “federal withholding”. Also the same government that was propagating the greatness of hemp during this same period, currently incarcerates large numbers of Americans for growing this same crop. I don’t need anyone to tell me how valuble my children are to me on an annual (financial) basis; I appreciate their value on a daily basis. If you need a government to make those kinds of decisions for you, maybe the European Union would be more palatable for you.

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  8. Cheryl

    I talked at length with a Ron Paul supporter today. He could not answer for me, to my satisfaction, how Ron Paul is going to accomplish ANY of his goals without levying a tax of some kind. For that, he’s going to need an IRS — or are we supposed to just write checks straight to Ron Paul, and he’ll distribute the money as he sees fit?

    Does he plan to do away with the US military, and allow the states to raise up militias instead, which would voluntarily support any military action the President and Congress decide to undertake?

    How’s he even going to get paid without an IRS? Who pays for the White House upkeep, the Secret Service, and all that?

    Please give me a coherent answer. I am at a loss right now to understand how anyone who thinks these things through could support him. Our United States would fall apart, as far as I can tell.

    ~~Cheryl

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  9. benny

    i think ron paul all the way but i am doing a report on ron paul revolution , personaly , i can not find a whole lot of info (information). i want to through the best of luck to ron paul, i have put up sgins and spread the word to help this eltion in 2008. i have seen zeit quest , end game , of the flims

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  10. Richard V. Bozzo

    Please reply.

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  11. Richard V. Bozzo

    I believe that the war in Afghanistan is a “response of vengeance” and not a real war. We are fighting against a group of criminals who live in a drug dominated country, with a weak democratic government not supported by the majority of “tribal” Afghans.
    Do you concur?
    And…do you believe that continuing this fight will wind up just like Iraq, costing thousands of Afghan, American and NATO lives, billions of dollars and years and years of conflict?

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  12. Rob D

    Anyone who labels Ron Paul as an isolationist is clearly not paying attention. He believes in a foreign policy based around “non-aggression”. I’d also like to commend Damien on regurgitating John McCain’s nonsense and proving that some people will believe just about anything. What brought Hitler to power was the environment around him. An impoverished nation that had been battered by the Treaty of Versailles (30 billion dollars in war reparations). Inflation was at an all time high. With the NAZI party’s increasing power in the government, Hitler was able to obtain the title of Chancellor in 1933. People saw a leader in Hitler and by the start of World War II, Germany had a fully equipped military. Isolationism certainly played a role in the post World War I era but there was much more to it than that. By securing our borders and treating every other nation as equal, Intl. relations will improve. Non-aggression is NOT isolationism. Congressman Paul believes in trade and travel with other nations. That my friends is NOT isolationism. The McCain/Palin ticket will be the final nail in the coffin for the neo-conservatives. A terribly mismanaged party that has lost its way. Dr. Paul is one of the few that has kept his integrity, along with his word. I may not agree with Dr. Paul on everything, but in terms of foreign policy, I believe he is dead-on.

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  13. brittany

    Everybody in America wants to agree with Obama and Mcain about our troops being over in Iraq. Well i dont. I have family members in the military who has been to iraq more than one time. matter of fact my brother is on his 5th term. untill yall have family members over there being shot at and told they cant shot back dont complain. our men and woman should have never went over. the iraqi people were not the ones who bombed the towers. whats going on in their culture in none of our buisness and we need to bring the americans home…………. RON PAUL IS SUPPORTED IN JACKSONVILLE FLORIDA!!!!!!!!!!

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  14. LIPS

    I just want to say, I’m an Obama supporter but what Ron Paul has to say is very much to the point and TRUE! It’s too bad that people can’t think outside of the political box.

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  15. Al Bombler

    Why doesn’t the moderator of the McCain/Obama ask them about how they commit foreign actions that they have no authorit to commit based on the Constitution that is suppose to govern the executive branch? What a joke these canidates are…

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  16. Allen Harris

    Isolationism alone is a bad idea, in our current situation. Were it that 70% of the world didn’t already hate us, I would agree with Dr. Paul. However, because of the blunders of the past, current and future administrations will have to work on improving our international relations. We do, however, need to get out of other countries and let them do their own thing — imperialism lead us down this dangerous path.

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  17. Abdullah al-Libi

    I agree with 75% of Dr. Paul’s platform, but I cannot support him due to his opinion on Islamic terrorism. Giuliani had it wrong – Mohammed Atta and his 18 creeps hated us because we are infidels.

    Speaking of “blowback,” every non-Muslim culture out there has suffered punches in the face for 1400 years. It is time that Muslims admit the very low points of their history and own up to their mistakes like Western civilization has done (I’m not holding my breath). And for every jerk who talks about “Jerusalem is the 3rd holiest city in Islam,” I would like to point out that the Hagia Sophia in Constantinople was the most important church in eastern orthodox Christianity until you-know-who turned it into a Mosque.

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    1. Schwartz

      What?

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  18. American

    Would Ron Paul elect to wait until out enemies are at our border before he would engage the military?

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  19. Rob D

    The reason why his opponents call him a “nut” and a “lunatic” is because they’re scared. He is everything they’re not and he threatens their very existence. Ron Paul is what a politician should be. Someone who looks out for the interest of the people, not themselves. The conservatives see him as a nut because he calls them out for the war mongering attitude that they bring to the table. They even refer to him as an isolationist although he is not. He simply believes in non-aggression. Free trade, travel, among others are many aspects to international relations that Ron Paul promotes, but he is strictly against any aggression due to “blowback” as he refers to it.

    It’s a shame that people like him with great ideas are shunned from any possibility of winning due to the two party system. A system which gives Americans really no choice and forces many to “waste” their vote by selecting either Republican or Democrat. I’d like to know more of Dr. Paul’s views on gun control, healthcare, abortion and stem-cell research.

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  20. meg c

    Dr. Paul, you should be more specific on this. I hear my parents and their friends concerned about this specific stance you take and I myself only question the jobs part and the extent of the scale back. I don’t think being totally isolated is a good thing. We should help all countries in need, ie in other ways. I do hope you clearify this next week or sometime before the election.

    ps- I’M STILL WRITING YOU IN/ VOTING FOR YOU!!

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  21. Glenn Snead

    Ron, I need more information. Your policy appears to lie somewhere between fighting a defensive war, but you also hint at keeping our troops abroad to hunt down the 911 planners. I’d favor a more Regan style approach: Fund and support those who seek to destroy terrorist groups, and terrorist states. We did this in Afghanistan against the Communists, we can do the same thing against the Taliban.

    We should keep a base in Qatar. So long as oil is generating so much wealth for the middle east and Russia, we need to counter any move made to seize sole control of the world’s oil supply and the development of nuclear weapons. Qatar is also well suited to deploy our forces for disaster support. In fact, I’ve been reading about the success of Qatar’s national carrier since the last 90s. Like Ramstien in Germany and Milldenhall in the U.K. it’s a great strategic location.

    I have no problem with leaving Iraq, but we have to insure that we don’t abandon our ally as we did with Afghanistan after the Soviet defeat. 911 is a direct result of our failure to follow-through and our leader’s tendency to cherry pick what’s conveniently important, ignoring all the rest.

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    1. Meetra

      “I’d favor a more Regan style approach: Fund and support those who seek to destroy terrorist groups, and terrorist states. We did this in Afghanistan against the Communists, we can do the same thing against the Taliban.”

      For real, like you really believe this? FOR REAL????!!!
      That “tactic” is what created Osama Bin Laden in the first place!!!!!!!!! 911 is the direct result of………..this type of behavior in the Middle East! Bin Laden was an entity that for the right price paid by the US government, used American learned tactics to get the Russians out, then he turned against us.

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    2. Schwartz

      I believe Einstein quoted, “The definition of insanity is trying the same things over and over and expecting different results”

      Indeed, the only reason that the Taliban exists is because of CIA training and U.S. funds and weapons. You suggest arming, funding and training ANOTHER group of “rebels” to fight the Taliban? What happens in 10 years when those “rebels” become terrorists?

      Patriotism is not being so prideful as to dismiss the glaring facts that many of the wars being waged abroad today are direct results of US intervention in past foreign matters.

      Terrorism will always exist, but hopefully without training, support and provocation from the US.

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      1. Glenn Snead

        First off, we didn’t create Osama Bin Laden or Saddam Husein. They both choose their own paths. Saddam became “President” through assasination, and allied with the US only when it was convienient for us and for him. So long as he needed to counter Soviet supported Iran (and so did we), Saddam needed us and we needed him.

        Bin Laden started out as a spoiled rich kid, turning to militant Islam during his search for meaning in his life. No one in the US said “hey, would you like to become a terrorist?” Again, it was reaction to the Soviets that led the US to support the Mujahedin. The vaccum we and the Soviets left allowed the Taliban’s rise. Bin Ladden simply married into the most powerful tribes, and used his personal wealth and database (Al Queda – The Base) to carry out both criminal and political acts. The former helps to pay for the latter.
        Yes we trained the Mujahedin, but we didn’t create Al Queda or the Talliban. It was our desire to turn inward after the Cold War and a new president’s desire to avoid foregin policy which led to the rise of terrorism in the 90s. While declarated that peace was “breaking out around the world,” war was breaking out in the Third World. From sub-Saharin Africa to the steps of Asia nation after nation crumbled from the loss of Western or Soviet support. So for those who wish to turn inward, if not the US then who will deal with these post-Cold War conflicts? China? E.U.? the U.N.? the Russian Federation?

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        1. Schwartz

          So, remind me why we’re fighting a war in Iraq, again? Are you honestly backing your argument with the wildly successful Iraq War?

          Terrorism existed long before the 90′s. All the US did was supply it with advanced weapons and dissent before turning its back, letting it fester and breed. The solution wasn’t never to “turn inward”, the solution was not to meddle in the first place. You really can’t see that?

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          1. Glenn Snead

            You can argue “coulda, woulda, shoulda” all you want. The fact is simple – we have to deal with the world as it exists.

            So how does Ron Paul deal with our Cold War legacy? He simply states “back in the day, we did’t interfere.” I know it sounds good. It really does! However Ron Paul doesn’t mention how this policy was thwarted time and time again by those who saw our pacifism as weakness. He’s giving an idilic idea, one that doesn’t work in the real world.

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    3. Gumi

      I think Glenn the question you must ask yourself is what is terrorism and/or suicide terrorism and why does it take place? People who follow propaganda will argue that terrorism exists because of religious beliefs, racists, or they hate us because we’re rich and free. But terrorism and war altogether start for very key reasons that some people refuse to admit. The common Neocon today will argue that Al Qaeda attacked us because they’re Muslim and thats what they were trained to do as Muslims. But that could be no further from the truth. They primary motive for terrorism is Economics, Policies, and occupation. Former CIA Bin Laden’s unit chief Mike Scheuer has wrote books comfirming this and argued that Bin Laden rallied his terrorists not by saying “we’re muslims and it is our duty to attack Americans” but gathered recruits and motivated them giving speeches of how we occupied their holy land and put sanctions on Iraq and had soldiers in peoples back yards all over the Muslim world. This was COMFRIMED by an American who knows more about Bin Laden than any other American.

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  22. bridget

    DAMIEN America was an isolated country before and in the beginning of WWII. Aparently no one pays attention in their western history classes because Russia defeated Hitler. Well, Russia’s winter defeated Hitler. The US entered with one year left in the European theatre. In addition, we entered the war on the basis that the Japanese attacked the Americans without provocation. This highly differs from our war policy post-WWII, including the Iraq War, as Paul stated above.

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  23. Jay

    I wish McCain would at least pick Ron Paul for a VP. Thats the only way I would feel comfortable voting for him.

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  24. Ashley Botelho

    Hi guys! Following the voice in my head and heart, as well as the words I’ve read here, I started a myspace page for a Write in Ron Paul campaign. I could use all the help I can get to really get it going. Please let me know ANY suggestions you may have.. I’m VERY excited about it!
    Click here to see it:
    http://www.myspace.com/writeinronpaul

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  25. goodberg

    hey guys.. greetings from Iceland. Just want to say that Ron Paul as president would be the best thing to happen for the American people (and the world). People here in Europe are fed up with the current war-hungry American foreign policy lead by the Bush administration, and the “you are either with us or against us!” attitude. I wish we had more politicians as Ron Paul (and even Dennis Kucinich) that truly care for the nation’s and the world’s well-being in contrast to Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld and their people, who so clearly have a (not so) hidden agenda.
    Although I have never been in the US, unfortunately, I believe that Americans are good people, but need to raise their voices more to keep their government in check.. and first of all, vote for the right people ;) I will be the first to vote for Ron Paul if he runs for the Icelandic presidency haha

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  26. Glenn Snead

    Ron, you’ve gotta flesh this out. As a former Airman with cross-service experience, I know for a fact that half of our military bases in the US server as little more than career life support for several of your colleagues in the House and the Senate. “Job creation” is the primary reason for our large military, with “credibility” for our elected officials being the other reason. How do you propose to cut our force size without making the voters feel emasculated? How do you limit our involvement in foreign wars when the lessons of history state that they are unavoidable? How do you convince your fellow politicians that a limited government is what they should champion when for nearly fifty years they’ve relied upon a expansionist government?

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    1. James Harwood

      Good Points

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    2. Gumi

      Well thank you for your service to the country and I humbly attempt to answer some of the questions you ask. The lessons of history (if you look hard enough) tell us the exact opposite. Hitler rised to power not because we were isolationists or non-interventionists. But the exact opposite. Hitler was a product of the treaty of Versailles. He rallied his people stating how “unfair” the ToV was. And that it hurt them economically and how it costed a wheelbarrow of money to buy a loaf of bread due to the inflation because of ALL the repairations Germany had to pay. So, in conclusion for this part, the ToV created Hitler which we intervened in after fighting WW1 which we never should have gotten into but we were able to fight someone elses war because the FED was created in 1913 and we had unlimited money. SO after WW1 the allies get together and the ToV is created 20 years later the ToV causes a greater war. As far as the Cold War, we didnt win the Cold War because we fought in Korea or Vietnam and got man to the moon faster. We won simply because the USSR regime failed. They weren’t weak militarily but their economy brought them down. We as the United States today are an empire. We have military bases in over 130 countries around the world and 700 bases overseas. ONE common thing that history teaches us is that empires fail. Not becuase of a weak military, but because of the spending and economic issues. The Romans, Perisans, USSR, Mongol and Ghengis Khan, British empire (no longer an empire) , they all fail. We have been around for 240 years since the founding of this nation. And somehow we believe that we are invincible and that our empire will never fail even though when empires that stood far longer than we have failed in the past. The catostrophic event that will occur in the US is not a military attack but a economic crisis just like the many empires that fell before us. And one day after that “catostrophic event” occurs, we’re simply just going to realize once again that we cannot maintain an empire without people going hungry and broke. Yes the mighty Roman empire was not built in a day, but it sure did fall in a day.

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  27. Pavel Nemec

    It would be great if Dr. Ron Paul could find time to visit Czech Republic or speak publicly in US(my apologies if he already did) and support nation which has been decades of 20th century oppressed by USSR. The nation which is 70% against any military base in heart of Europe, regardless if Russian, US or Martian. The nation which is not willing any presence of US radar station, part of the Star wars project, which is planned by sick US and Czech government and which is already starting new round of Cold war.

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    1. James Harwood

      ?

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    2. Petr Buben

      Good. I agree.

      Usa is not about world military domination ….
      Usa doesnt need military aggressions to be the most powerful, peaceful and respected country in the world. ….
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  28. Ed

    Isolationism, is that what you think America comes first means?

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  29. Grant

    Hunt down 9/11 terrorist planners? Withdraw from Iraq? (Terrorist planner goes: Oh goody, I’ll just go to Iraq after they leave!)
    Good luck findin’ ‘em!

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  30. Damien

    What would the breaking point be for your isolationism? What would it take to get you to go to war abroad? I’m not sure I want to vote for someone who would allow someone like Hitler to take over the world because America comes first?

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    1. Anton

      Damien, you realize that most the people the CIA are placing into office in foreign countries are far worse then most canidiates they would pick of their own. Only reason they get put their is because their pro-america, nothing else matters.

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    2. Jeffrey Powell

      What would Ron Paul have had us do when Hitler was running over Europe? I would really like an answer to that question. What would have been his strategy for stopping Hitler? Also, what would his response have been to the Japanese bombing Pearl Harbor? Paul has a ton of great ideas for America. But, we are not an island.

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      1. Herewe Goagain

        Just takes a Declaration Of War by the Congress.

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      2. Gumi

        Well, people give Hitler too much credit than he really deserves. He was losing before we even got into Europe in 1944. Hitler was bound to fail not matter how hard he tried with Germany alone he couldn’t have taken over Europe. Even if he did take over Europe, he wouldn’t have been able to maintain his conquest. He would have lost it eventually. But yea I mean look at a map of WW2. He took France yes and Belgium and some other countries and part of Russia as well. But he didn’t get England, and the Russian pretty much ended up kicking his butt.

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  31. Rick Williams

    I did not know of Ron Paul till a young friend of mine pointed him out! Now I am convinced he is the best thing for America! So, why won’t any of the talk show hosts I listen to willing to take calls from Ron Paul supporters,is he considered a fringe candidate He wouldn’t be if they had given him just 10% of the coverage given to hillary,obama,mccain and the other 9 republicans that are now out of the race

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  32. Steve Niles

    Okay, I really like Ron Paul and there have even been supporters of Paul who comment on the Obama blogs. We like the Paul supporters, actually…how about showing us a little love back?
    I’ve always said if Obama weren’t in it I’d vote for Ron Paul.

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    1. James Harwood

      “I’ve always said if Obama weren’t in it I’d vote for Ron Paul

      They are completely different people – totally different philosophy – How could you have two polar opposites as your first and second choice? Wierd.

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    2. Jeremy

      James is right: How on earth do Obama and Paul have anything in common? As a Paul supporter I find zero redeeming qualities in Obama just as I find zero redeeming qualities in the mainstream repubs.

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  33. brian butler

    Now that John McCain is selling out and really pissing me off..Ron PAul seems to be the best choice for president.I just wish the country wasnt so stupid,voting for hillary and obama in the millions,its scary.Id rather have mccain then hillary or obama,but i feel like ron paul would be a wasted vote because it would be helping obama..so im not sure yet..hopefully,maybe..ron paul can run independant to a new party and pick a great vice president,make it a close 3 way race where he has a shot and I am probably gonna vote 4 him.

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  34. Jack

    I’ve just given Mr. Paul a serious look for the first time and am very impressed, he is not a “nut” as his opponents would have us believe. His opinions on all the major issues are well thought out and documented. It is surprising that more people are not taking him seriously, but I have to admit that he has simply not gotten his message out, and that, unfortunately, takes oodles of $$$. He needs support from major sources, how to get it is another question.

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    1. Lisa

      I am in the same position as you Jack. I never gave Ron Paul a second look. Now that I am actually taking the time, I find him to be a tough minded Patriot! He has my vote if he runs in 2012 and I am working hard on my end for his Audit the Fed Legislation.

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  35. Sarah

    I am going to blog and paste Ron Paul to every Obama or Clinton blog. I hope this will help get the word out. I can’t believe more aren’t for you. I live in the state of Texas and many call us Rebels yes we are!! Texas is the most freedom loving state in the Union!

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    1. james

      agreed. we should start campaigning ron paul 2012 now and get word out.. I am envious of your state’s patriotism.. mine(commonwealth of Virginia) used to be a conservative state. it was one of the saddest days for me to see it go blue in the 08 election.

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    2. brian

      I agree. My wife and I are native Californians and are fed up. We are taking a trip to Texas to go to a 4th of July rally at Southfork Ranch. Us and our families are looking to move to Texas because you stand for liberty, small government, capitalism…basically everything this country was founded on. We are going on this trip specifically to see if Texas is really standing up for liberty as much as it sounds like it is.

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    3. just a warning

      Don’t be so sure that Texas stands for liberty and freedom. I am a native Texan. I lived in California for many years and decided to move back to Texas. I can say that I can’t really tell that Texas has greater freedoms. First let me say this doesn’t have anything to do with Ron Paul. I love his viewpoints and never really thought much about the things he talked about, but he makes so much sense. I am definately a supporter. However, Texas has some very real issues I don’t like. Freedom should be tangible. I don’t feel any freer in Texas than I did in California. The police are so overbearing. The local officials will make you more miserable than the federal government ever thought of. If you are moving here from California, it won’t be long before you have so many tickets, you can’t use their stupid deferral. All of them will be for going 10 mile over the speed limit, when you had no idea that the speed limit changed. I suspect most of their state revenues come from targetting teenagers because their parents will pay up to keep them out of trouble. Just an example, four kids decided to sneak out one night. One kid knew of a neighbor that kept beer in his airplane hangar and went into the hangar & took a six pack of beer & took it to the others to drink. Someone saw them out late at night and took a picture. The police called in the one they could identify, scared him to death, he told on the rest of them. All the kids were charged with a felony burglary. The police came to their school and took them out of the school without notifying the parents, fingerprinted and booked them. A lot of people here don’t have a problem with this. They think this should be okay. I think this is isane. Their sheriffs are elected. This sounds like it would protect you, I’ve found that because they rely on the people in the community with the most money to run for office, it ingratiates them to the wealthy. They have a lot of say in what the sheriff does. Those kids got charged with a felony because the sheriff was up for reelection and he wanted to be seen as being tough on crime. Also, my teenage son was driving home late one night after basketball practice. A policeman pulled him over, stating that he didn’t use his blinker when he changed lanes, when he had not changed lanes, then he searched him and his car and gave him a breathalizer. He didn’t find anything, and he hadn’t been drinking, but this really bothers me. I have a brother that has spent almost his whole adult life in prison. He got in trouble when he was 17 for forging a check. He was given a lengthy sentence, documented, put on parole, violated his parole, made to finish out his sentence in prison, which taught him how to be a better criminal, which set him up for one prison sentence after another. Child protective services in Texas is greatly feared. It is full of middle aged black women that are more racist than any white person I’ve ever known. You are pretty immune to it if you have money, if you don’t you are at the mercy of those that have little mercy. Is this the kind of freedom you’re looking for? Sorry this is so long. I’m not totally down on Texas, I just think they can’t boast of being so much for personal liberty and freedom. That’s just not so.

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      1. longshotlouie

        Testify !!

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