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Opposing Imperialism Is Not “Isolationism”
« Reply #40 on: January 20, 2012, 03:09:03 pm »
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Opposing Imperialism Is Not “Isolationism”

Sheldon Richman
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January 20, 2012

This article was written by Sheldon Richman and originally published by The Future Of Freedom Foundation

When pundits and rival politicians call Ron Paul an “isolationist,” they mislead the American people — and they know it.

They know it? How could they not: Ron Paul is for unilateral, unconditional free trade. He believes any American should be perfectly free to buy from or sell to any person in the world. In that sense — the laissez-faire sense — he favors globalization, which, applied consistently, would require a worldwide free market. He’s such a strong advocate of free trade that he objects to the world’s governments, led by the U.S. government, setting up international bureaucracies, such as the World Trade Organization, to manage trade. He thinks trade should be a totally private matter. That’s a solid classical-liberal, or libertarian, position.

So why is Paul repeatedly called an isolationist?

Apparently in today’s political world, being an isolationist means opposing the U.S. government’s policing the rest of the world through invasion, occupation, and war — that is, militarism. The word “isolationist” has always suggested a fear of foreigners, and no doubt those who apply the word to Paul want to cash in on that sense. So we are left with the daffy conclusion that Ron Paul is a xenophobic, head-in-the-sand isolationist precisely because he prefers peaceful trade with foreigners rather than invasion, occupation, and demolition of their countries.

If that’s what it means to be an isolationist, count me as one too.

It’s easy to understand why this inappropriate label is stuck on Paul. Establishment conservatives and progressives are terrified by him and desperately want him to go away. They’re terrified because he has done the worst thing imaginable: he has held up a mirror and reminded them of what they are.

He has shown establishment conservatives and even so-called Republican moderates (such as Mitt Romney and Jon Huntsman) that they are, and long have been, apologists for empire and therefore betrayers of the republican (small-r) ideals they say they embrace. When Paul condemns past, present, and future aggressive wars (such as the one being planned for Iran); when he calls for closing America’s 900 military installations in over 40 countries and removing America’s troops from 130 countries; when he advocates an end to all economic and military aid to foreign governments (including Israel’s); and when he opposes wholesale violation of the Bill of Rights (see the PATRIOT Act and the National Defense Authorization Act), he is saying to his Republican rivals, You have helped destroy individual liberty by shamefully supporting the U.S. global empire, which brutalizes foreign populations, fosters an exploitative military-industrial complex, violates civil liberties, and burdens the American people with obscene debt, taxation, and Federal Reserve monetary manipulation.

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5 Reasons Why Ron Paul Is The National Security Candidate
« Reply #41 on: January 22, 2012, 09:50:12 am »
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5 Reasons Why Ron Paul Is The National Security Candidate

Saman Mohammadi
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January 22, 2012

Ron Paul is not simply the anti-war candidate. He is also the national security candidate. This is an important truth that is overlooked.

The wars in the Middle East have been sold to the American people as “national security” wars, but this is a big lie. The wars have nothing to do with America’s national security interests. So, the anti-war position is the same as the pro-national security position.

Washington’s Blog shined a light on the real reasons for America’s endless wars in the article, “Are The Middle East Wars Really About Forcing the World Into Dollars and Private Central Banking?”

Ron Paul is the world’s biggest opponent of private central banking, the fiat dollar system, and the endless war on terror. His resistance has a moral dimension for sure, but his main argument is that America has not benefited from the wars either economically, militarily, or politically.

Throughout his presidential campaign Dr. Paul has repeated the point that America’s national security and economic health are being ruined by Washington’s multiple unsustainable and costly wars.

But Dr. Paul’s rejection of the war on terror mythos is not the only reason why he should be considered as the national security candidate. He puts the national security of America ahead of politics and party every single time, no matter the issue. Whether the issue is a war against Iran or indefinite detention in America, Dr. Paul is consistently for the defense of America’s national security.

It is clear that Dr. Paul is the only serious national security candidate in the 2012 presidential race. Below I’ve listed five issues which showcase Dr. Paul’s national security credentials.

1. Dr. Paul agrees with senior members of the U.S. Military that a war against Iran is a bad idea, and with the U.S. intelligence community that Iran does not have a nuclear bomb. His political foes in his party are confusing America’s national security interests with Israel’s national security interests. And in doing so, they are severely undermining the economic health and security of the United States.

2. Dr. Paul’s opposition to the indefinite detention provisions in the 2012 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) are grounded in the belief that unconstitutional laws threaten America’s national security. Earlier this week, he introduced legislation to repeal the section of the NDAA that allows the military to snatch up American citizens in the night and keep them hostage in secret prisons without trial. This government power will be abused and the social fabric of America will be destroyed. As Washington’s Blog stated in an article headline, “Indefinite Detention Hurts Our National Security and Increases the Risk of Terrorism.”

3. In August 2010, Admiral Mike Mullen, the former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said U.S. national debt poses the biggest threat to America’s national security.

Dr. Paul has done the most among political leaders in raising public awareness about the rapidly growing U.S. national debt and the risks of U.S. bankruptcy. He is the only true anti-debt candidate, which proves that he truly cares about the economic security and social well-being of America, unlike every other Republican candidate and President Obama.

On January 18, 2012, Senator Jim DeMint endorsed Ron Paul’s views on foreign policy and national debt, saying:

    “If we spread ourselves too thin around the world were not gonna be able to defend the homeland, particularly with the level of debt that we have right now. It’s foolish for us to think that we can have military bases all over the world, spend billions of dollars when we’re going broke back home. It just isn’t gonna happen.”

4. Ron Paul’s defense of America’s national security begins at the borders. He says as President he will protect America’s borders and restore the legal paths to citizenship in the United States. His pro-legal immigration/pro-border security platform is in line with the true values and national security interests of America.

5. The foundations of America’s national security are the U.S. Constitution and Bill of Rights, especially the first amendment and the second amendment. They are currently under attack by the hijacked government, which is an attack on America’s national security. Dr. Paul will restore the U.S. Constitution and Bill of Rights, which would significantly improve the security of the United States.

America would not be America without a free press and an armed citizenry. If both were destroyed, which is a very real possibility if internet censorship and police state legislation are not resisted, then the fire of liberty that is America will be extinguished forever.

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Ron Paul: Preserve the Free and Open Internet! Down with SOPA and PIPA!
« Reply #42 on: January 23, 2012, 07:52:14 am »
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Ron Paul: Preserve the Internet, Down with SOPA

Ron Paul
Monday, January 23, 2012

The Congressman addresses the ongoing war over freedom of the internet.

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Ron Paul Trounces Santorum on Foreign Policy in CNN Debate
« Reply #43 on: January 27, 2012, 10:58:05 am »
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Ron Paul Trounces Santorum on Foreign Policy in CNN Debate

Jake Morphonios
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January 27, 2012

On Thursday night, the four remaining GOP presidential candidates squared off in Jacksonville in the second of two Florida debates, hosted by CNN and moderated by Wolf Blitzer.  While much of the debate time was again wasted on callow rhetoric between neo-con candidates Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich, Congressman Ron Paul indoctrinated the audience with principled lessons on liberty and the proper role of government.

Paul showcased his brand of non-interventionist foreign policy in a series of exchanges with former senator Rick Santorum.  These exchanges provided crystal clear contrasts in opposing political philosophies from which voters much choose. Each time that Paul and Santorum sparred over foreign policy, the Texas congressman pummeled the feeble foundations of Santorum’s unprincipled ideologies and tutored his opponents on the basics of the US Constitution (that pesky, outdated thing they would have to swear to uphold if elected president).

Wolf Blitzer addressed the following question to Congressman Paul:

    “What would you do as president to more deeply engage in Latin America and, more importantly, to support the governments and political parties that support democracy and free markets?”

To which Paul responded:

    “I think free trade is the answer.  Free trade is the answer to a lot of conflicts around the world. And you might add Cuba too.  I think we’d be a lot better off trading with Cuba. But as far as us having a military or financial obligation to go down and dictate what government they should have?  I don’t like that idea.  I would support the people by encouraging free trade and trying to set a standard that countries in Central and South America – or anywhere in the world – would want to emulate.”

    “Unfortunately, sometimes we slip up on our standards and we go around the world and we try to force ourselves on others.  I don’t think the nations in Central and South America necessarily want us to come down there and dictate which government they should have.  I believe that with friendship and with trade you can have a strong influence.”

Congressman Paul’s answer reflected both his moral character as well as his deep understanding of constitutional foreign policy as intended by the Founding Fathers.  Thomas Paine, the author of Common Sense, is often credited as the original patriot to strongly inject into American politics the notion of non-interventionism.  He argued in Common Sense of the need for the new nation to avoid the formation of alliances with other nations.

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Re: Ron Paul Trounces Santorum on Foreign Policy in CNN Debate
« Reply #44 on: January 27, 2012, 11:06:38 am »
"I think free trade is the answer.  Free trade is the answer to a lot of conflicts around the world."

So no one out there jumps to the wrong conclusion, Congressman Paul is referring to genuine free trade.

What we have now under NAFTA and the WTO is corporate-managed trade that, as such, is neither "free" nor "fair."

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Less than One-Fifth of All Americans Favor Military or Covert Action Against Iran

… Less than Half of Israelis Want to Attack Iran, and 65% Want the Entire Middle East – Including Israel – to be a Nuclear-Free Zone

Washington’s Blog
February 4, 2012

Preface: Roubini says that attacking Iran would lead to global recession. The IMF says that Iran cutting off oil supplies could raise crude prices 30%. War with Iran would kill the American economy. And see this and this.

So yes, this is a newsworthy economic and financial story.

American and Israeli Hawks Beat War Drums … But the People Want Peace

While the same neoconservatives who pushed the Iraq war are now loudly beating the drums of war against Iran, neither the American or Israeli people want war.

A new United Technologies/National Journal “Congressional Connection Poll,” finds that only 13% Americans think the U.S. should “take covert action against Iran such as sabotage and assassination of scientists working on their nuclear program”.

Only 17% support “tak[ing] military action against Iran, including bombing weapons facilities inside the country.”

And most Israelis are against war with Iran as well.

As University of Maryland professor of government, and senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, Shibley Telhami and director of the Program on International Policy Attitudes, Steven Kull, note in the New York Times:

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Veterans, active duty to support Ron Paul with march on White House
« Reply #46 on: February 06, 2012, 02:18:04 pm »
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Veterans, active duty to support Ron Paul with march on White House

The State Column
Monday, February 6, 2012

Veterans for Ron Paul 2012, which was founded by Adam Kokesh and Nathan Cox, will host a “Ron Paul is the Choice of the Troops” march on February 20th. The march, which will start at the Washington Monument and end at the White House, will celebrate Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul’s popularity among active duty military and veterans.

Mr. Kokesh hopes to have 1,000 veterans marching in formation at the “Ron Paul is the Choice of the Troops” march. “We’ve got a lot of guys, especially active duty, who don’t want to RSVP on the Facebook event, where we’ve got over 1200 RSVP’d now,” Mr. Kokesh wrote in an email to The State Column.

Mr. Paul’s popularity among active military and veterans is underscored by his ability to garner military donations. In fact, the Texas congressman pulled in more than $150,000 from active military in the fourth quarter of 2011.

Mr. Kokesh, who served in the Marines, posited that Mr. Paul is the only Republican candidate worthy of support from active military and veterans. “Those of us who are willing to put our lives on the line for this country want a commander-in-chief who is going to be decisive, put America’s security first, and only send troops into battle with a clear moral imperative,” Mr. Kokesh professed.

Manchester Union Leader publisher Joe McQuaid slammed Mr. Paul’s foreign policy views in a scathing op-ed back in December. “While his domestic libertarian views are quite attractive to some voters fed up with politics as usual, it is Paul’s position on issues of our national security that are truly dangerous,” Mr. McQuaid argued.

“This assertion is only possible from people who are so detached from reality as to not realize what war is,” Mr. Kokesh posited.

According to the event’s Facebook page, the organizers will require proof of military service from those who want to participate in the march.
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Active Duty Troops to March on White House
« Reply #47 on: February 15, 2012, 04:11:59 am »
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Active Duty Troops to March on White House

Kurt Nimmo
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February 14, 2012

One thousand veterans and active duty troops will shatter the corporate media hoax that insists members of the American military do not support Ron Paul due to his opposition to the unconstitutional forever war agenda of the establishment.



Despite this myth, the New York Times was obliged to admit reality last December, even if the admission wasn’t featured on the front page of the newspaper but instead posted on a remote area of its website.

“Representative Ron Paul, the congressman who favors the most minimalist American combat role of any major presidential candidate and who said all of the above quotes, has more financial support from active duty members of the service than any other politician,” Timothy Egan wrote.

“As of the last reporting date, at the end of September, Paul leads all candidates by far in donations from service members. This trend has been in place since 2008, when Paul ran for president with a similar stance: calling nonsense at hawk squawk from both parties.”

The troops also and not surprisingly support Paul over Obama, who said he would end the wars and bring the troops home and instead expanded the unjustified, illegal and unconstitutional wars started by his predecessor.

The pie chart below shows the break down of support.



The February 20th march on the White House by veterans and active service members in support of Paul is appropriately dubbed “Ron Paul is the Choice of the Troops.” The event will begin at noon with a rally at the Washington Monument followed by a march at 2 PM in military squad formation to the White House where a special ceremony to honor troops who have died since the election of Obama will be held.

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Get Behind Ron Paul To Stop Iran War
« Reply #48 on: February 25, 2012, 03:10:36 am »
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Get Behind Ron Paul To Stop Iran War

Saman Mohammadi
Prisonplanet.com
February 24, 2012

Stopping an American/Israeli war against Iran should be the number one global priority.

But stopping the demons of war who have captured our governments and control mass media communication outlets is a tough and almost impossible task.

The Western Media is once again showing its wolfish nature by lining up the cattle to give their lives, minds, and spirits to the engine of destruction and death that is the American and Israeli war machine.

But a war with Persia won’t be like a war with Iraq. If this war is started, which is what Israel and Washington are trying to do at this moment, it will end with the use of nuclear weapons on Iranian cities. Millions of innocent Iranians will vanish into atomic dust for no good reason. That is what the war criminals and bloodthirsty maniacs in Tel Aviv and Washington desire. They are consumed by madness and dreams of mass death.

But there is always an alternative to war. The Beast of War is only worshiped by criminal psychopaths and their brainwashed cattle who consume poisonous lies and propaganda as if it were pure milk.

99.9 percent of humanity would want an immediate end to war if they were shown the truth about the baseless rationale for the war on terror and the war against Iran.

Washington’s Blog asks: Would You Support a War Against Iran If You Knew the True Facts?

Here is an excerpt from the article:

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I voted for Ron Paul in the 2008 Ohio Republican Presidential Primary.

I just finished voting for Ron Paul again in the 2012 Ohio Republican Presidential Primary.

Was that my way of saying I agree with Dr. Paul on economics? No.

Rather it was my way of saying "NO!" to both (a) the banker-owned "U.S." government's imperialist, terroristic, hornets' nest-stirring wars of aggression, and (b) all of the Nazi-style police state measures (e.g., the "Patriot" Act, the Military Commissions Act, Presidential Directive 51, the NDAA, etc.) that have been enacted since the false flag terror attacks of 9/11.

Even if election riggers see to it that my vote isn't counted, that won't change the fact that the blood of free humanity is on their hands, not mine.

The scores of innocent people who are enslaved, brutalized or murdered by the NWO over the next four years may not know who I voted for, but the "God" who created them does.

That's good enough for me!

As for all of you willfully ignorant, police state-worshiping warmongers who voted for Romney, Gingrich or Santorum -- or who plan on voting for Obama this November -- shame on you!
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Kony Is Dead, Stop Obamney 2012 Instead
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Kony Is Dead, Stop Obamney 2012 Instead

Saman Mohammadi
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March 15, 2012

The 2012 U.S. presidential race is shaping up to be a struggle between Goldman Sachs candidate Mitt Romney and fellow Goldman Sachs candidate Barack Obama on one side, and anti-Goldman Sachs candidate Ron Paul on the other side.

Former Goldman Sachs executive director Greg Smith described the culture of his former firm as “toxic and destructive,” in a New York Times op-ed on Wednesday, March 14, 2012.

The prime motivation that drives Goldman Sachs employees is scamming their customers, says Smith. “It makes me ill how callously people talk about ripping their clients off,” he writes. “Over the last 12 months I have seen five different managing directors refer to their own clients as “muppets,” sometimes over internal e-mail.”

Presidential candidates Mitt Romney and President Barack Obama take the same elitist view towards their voters and the American people as a whole. Like Goldman Sachs executives, they don’t see Americans as their fellow citizens, but as sheep to be duped, and as lambs to be skinned alive and eaten for dinner.

The only presidential candidate who respects the intelligence and maturity of the American people is Dr. Ron Paul. In a recent speech, Dr. Paul emphasized the fact that he is not a Goldman Sachs candidate, unlike Romney and Obama. “I am not the Goldman Sachs candidate,” said Dr. Paul.

He added: “President Eisenhower warned us of the military-industrial complex, and I am not the candidate for the military-industrial complex. And I am not the first choice of Ben Bernanke or the Federal Reserve System. And I’m certainly not the choice of those social and economic authoritarians who want to run our lives and run the economy.”

Many of Ron Paul’s financial contributors are in the military. Barack Obama is the commander-in-chief in name only. Ron Paul is the military candidate, and the president in the hearts and minds of the military. Dr. Paul is also the national security candidate. He is not an isolationist, but a strong and wise fighter who believes wars should be declared, fought extremely hard, and won.

Ron Paul’s old-school model of warfare is out of fashion today because the warriors of the current generation have been brainwashed to believe that the perpetual warfare model is tough, brave, and manly. But that is false. Only weak cowards Lindsey Graham, Joseph Lieberman, Paul Wolfowitz, Dick Cheney, Richard Perle, Scooter Libby, Donald Rumsfeld, Hillary Clinton, and Barack Obama support the idea of perpetual warfare.

Real men support real wars, not psy-op wars that go on forever because every week a new mythical enemy is invented and introduced to the American people as the greatest threat to humanity since Adolf Hitler.

War has become the enemy of mankind. As John F. Kennedy said before he was assassinated by the shadow controllers of the CIA, “Mankind must put an end to war, or war will put an end to mankind.”

Dr. Paul is carrying the torch of peace that was seized from President Kennedy’s hands and hidden away in the dark corners of history. He is bringing the torch back into the light of consciousness, but the power elite in Washington is mocking him, ridiculing his foreign policy ideas, and cheating him from electoral victories.

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"The Costs of War" - by Ron Paul
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The Costs of War

Ron Paul
Prisonplanet.com
May 1, 2012

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This month Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric K. Shinseki announced the addition of some 1,900 mental health nurses, psychiatrists, psychologists, and social workers to its existing workforce of 20,590 mental health staff in attempt to get a handle on the epidemic of suicides among combat veterans. Unfortunately, when presidents misuse our military on an unprecedented scale – and Congress lets them get away with it – the resulting stress causes military suicides to increase dramatically, both among active duty and retired service members.  In fact, military deaths from suicide far outnumber combat deaths. According to an article in the Air Force Times this month, suicides among airmen are up 40 percent over last year.

Considering the multiple deployments service members are forced to endure as the war in Afghanistan stretches into its second decade, these figures are sadly unsurprising.

Ironically, the same VA Secretary Eric Shinseki was forced to retire from the Army by President Bush for daring to suggest that an invasion and occupation of Iraq would not be the cakewalk that neoconservatives promised. Then Deputy Secretary of Defense Paul Wolfowitz, who is not a military veteran, claimed that General Shinseki was “wildly off the mark” for suggesting that several hundred thousand soldiers would be required to secure post-invasion Iraq. Now we see who was right on the costs of war.

In addition to the hidden human costs of our seemingly endless wars are the economic costs. In 2008, Nobel Prize winning economist Joseph Stiglitz wrote “The Three Trillion Dollar War: The True Cost of the Iraq Conflict.” Stiglitz illustrates that taking into account the total costs of the war, including replacing military equipment and caring for thousands of wounded veterans for the rest of their lives, the Iraq war will cost us orders of magnitude greater than the 50 billion dollars promised by the White House before the invasion. Add all the costs of Afghanistan into the mix, wrote Stiglitz, and the bill tops $7 trillion.

Is it any wonder why our infrastructure at home crumbles, healthcare is more expensive and harder to come by, and unemployment together with inflation continue their steady rise? Imagine the productive power of that seven trillion dollars in our private sector. What could it have done were it in private hands; what may have been discovered, what diseases might have been cured, what might have been built, how many productive jobs created?

With the bills coming due for our decade of reckless military action, the cuts rarely come from the well-connected military industrial complex with their lobbyists and powerful political allies. In President Obama’s 2013 budget, troop strength is to be cut significantly while enormously expensive and largely superfluous weapons systems emerge essentially unscathed. As defense analyst Winslow Wheeler wrote this month, costs of the “next generation” fighter, the F-35, will increase by another $289 million. This despite the fact that the fighter is badly designed and already outdated, a “virtual flying piano” writes Wheeler.

The military contractors building monstrosities like the F-35 are politically connected and thus protected. Unfortunately, returning military veterans are less so. In the same 2013 budget, the White House proposes to increase medical and pharmaceutical costs paid by veterans while reducing their cost of living increases. And how many years of increasingly alarming mental illness and suicide statistics has it taken for the modest increase in resources to be made available?

Those who predicted the real costs of our decade of global military conquest were ridiculed, scoffed at, and fired. History has now shown us that much of what they warned was correct. America is clearly less secure after a decade of unnecessary wars. It is more vulnerable and closer to economic collapse. Its military is nearly broken from years of abuse. Will we come back to our senses?
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"Enduring Commitments Abroad" - by Ron Paul
« Reply #53 on: May 07, 2012, 06:28:19 pm »
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Enduring Commitments Abroad

Ron Paul
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May 7, 2012

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U4yzBB_XyAE

Last week President Obama made a surprise pre-dawn trip to Afghanistan to mark the one year anniversary of the killing of Osama bin Laden and to sign a document further extending the US presence in that country. The president said, “we’re building an enduring partnership…As you stand up, you will not stand alone.” What that means in practice is that the US will continue its efforts to prop up the government in Afghanistan for another ten years beyond the promised withdrawal date of 2014.

To those of us who believe the US should leave Afghanistan immediately, the president retorted, “We must give Afghanistan the opportunity to stabilize.” But how long will that take, when we have already fought the longest war in our nation’s history at incredible human and economic cost to the nation and no end is in sight?

There is little evidence of any sustained increase in stability in Afghanistan and, in fact, April saw the loss of 34 more American troops and an escalation of violence and upheaval. Within 90 minutes of the president’s departure, seven more people were killed in Kabul by a suicide bomber. It is clear that our presence in that country is not creating any real stability. With Osama bin Laden dead and the al Qaeda presence in Afghanistan virtually non-existent, we are reduced to nation-building in a nation where there is no real nation to build.

We should ask ourselves why Obama’s trip was a “surprise” visit rather than a normal state visit. The reason is that after ten years it is still far too dangerous to travel in or out of that country. Does that not speak much more loudly than the president’s optimistic words about the amazing progress we have made in Afghanistan?

What does our enduring commitment mean? Ask the South Koreans, where the United States has maintained an “enduring commitment” of US troops more than fifty years after hostilities ended. By some estimates the United States taxpayer is saddled with a 40 billion dollar annual price tag for our “enduring commitment” to maintaining a US military presence in Korea. Polls suggest that particularly younger Koreans are tired of the US military presence in their country and would prefer us to leave. The same is true for the residents of Okinawa, who have argued strongly and with some recent success for American troops to leave their island.

The Soviets believed the road to their goal for a universal form of government ran through Afghanistan. They were also wrong and paid an enormous price. However, after nine years and 15,000 Soviet lives lost, the communist regime in Moscow realized its mistake and withdrew from that country. The Soviet withdrawal was complete in early 1989. The Soviet Union by that time had further plunged into economic crisis, fueled in great part by its commitment to maintain a global empire of client states. Later that year, the Soviet world began crashing down, with first the collapse of Eastern European regimes and then the Soviet Union itself. That collapse produced an economic calamity for the successor states from which most have not yet fully recovered. It is not too late for the United States to learn what the Soviets discovered too late, back in 1989. Mr. President: the time to leave Afghanistan is today, not in 2024.
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Lindsey Graham: Ron Paul’s Policies ‘A Threat to America’
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Lindsey Graham: Ron Paul’s Policies ‘A Threat to America’

Daniel McAdams
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June 13, 2013

So said the totalitarian kommissar from South Carolina when asked by Slate whether donating to Ron Paul’s campaigns should automatically disqualify someone from getting a security clearance.

Here is the exchange:

“He [Senator Graham} wondered whether young “libertarian” types could be trusted to serve in classified positions when they proved that they weren’t keen on the strategy. I asked him whether Snowden’s donations to Ron Paul were the sort of warning signs vetters should have looked out for.

“‘No, no,’ said Graham. ‘I think people that give donations to Ron Paul are exercising their right to participate in the political process. Ron Paul isn’t a threat to America. His policies are.’”

How far a leap is it from the mentality that the philosophy of liberty is a threat to America to calling for the gulag? Those who do not agree with Graham’s attraction to perpetual war overseas and a police state at home are a “threat to America.” Not opponents in the debate: a threat. When a Senator labels something a threat to America one should not be so naive to believe that he does not have the power to deal with that threat.

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Lindsey Graham In Essence Calls Ron Paul A Threat to America

Michael S. Rozeff
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June 13, 2013

Graham called Ron Paul’s policies a threat, but said Ron Paul was not a threat? What sophistry! Paul is the man expounding the policies. He is therefore, delivering the so-called threats, according to Graham. No, Senator, you cannot wiggle out of it. You essentially said that Ron Paul was a threat to America. You need to apologize. In either event, you were wrong. What is a threat?

- A statement of an intention to inflict pain, injury, damage, or other hostile action on someone in retribution for something done or not…: “the family has received death threats”

- A menace of bodily harm, such as may restrain a person’s freedom of action

Ron Paul himself has made no such statements. His policies also are not stated intentions of the type defined as threats.

Senator Graham, your remarks are disgraceful. I think you should apologize to Ron Paul.
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  Attention Miss Lindsey Graham:  Ron Paul's Policies A Threat to the NWO



  Miss Lindsey, you are the lowest of traitorous scum---you and little Johny McCain.