Ron Paul makes sense on foreign policy

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In the most recent Republican presidential debate, former Sen. Rick Santorum attacked Rep. Ron Paul by saying he claimed Americans invited the attacks on 9-11. When Rudolph Giuliani made the same accusation in 2007, Paul responded with a reading list including the 9-11 Commission Report and the book Blowback by Chalmers Johnson.

Even our government concludes that Osama bin Laden’s attacks on America were motivated primarily by the presence of American bases in Saudi Arabia and interventionism in Iraq, leading to the deaths of 500,000 children (then-Secretary of State Madeleine Albright admitted this in 1996).

Ron Paul is pointing out this fact. He is a doctor trying to cure a disease, not using Band-Aids on gunshot wounds. Denying truth is not only unreasonable, but also un-American.

Our current foreign policy of bombing countries such as Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Libya, Yemen and Somalia makes us less safe, and we can’t afford it. America has spent $10 trillion in the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. Hypothetically speaking, what if we spend 10 percent of that on necessities here in America? That’s 1,000 billions!

Paul’s foreign policy makes sense. Disagree? Ask who receives the most money from active-duty military personnel. Air Force veteran Ron Paul tops the list –more than all the other candidates combined and even more than the commander-in-chief Barack Obama. Santorum’s support? The last time I checked: $250, or 0.0068 percent of the good doctor.

John Ferland

Aiken, S.C.

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omnomnom
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omnomnom 10/04/11 - 12:11 am
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check one for the good doctor

check one for the good doctor

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shrimp for breakfast 10/04/11 - 12:39 am
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I always liked Ron Paul. I

I always liked Ron Paul.
I would vote for him.
I would not vote for Bachmann, Romney, Cain or Perry.
I agree about the ethanol too.
George Washington had it right over 200 years ago when he said the US should "stay out of foriegn entanglements." NOOOOO we have to stick ourselves into every single one that comes along. We have wasted so much money trying to fight a battle we cannot win abroad. Our brave men and women of the armed forces should be used sparingly. There is no need to put even one of them in harms way without a definite goal and these wars that have been dragging on now are only sucking our money and precious resource of troops.
There is no reason for us to be in Iraq or Afganistan anymore. If the powers that be think they're going to win the hearts and souls of the people of these countries then they are in fantasyland.
These countries do not want us there and neither do I.
We are throwing away lives and money and blaming it on entitlements.
Then we have absolutely no one running for President that has one single answer except for Mr. Paul.

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bjphysics 10/04/11 - 09:55 am
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"America has spent $10

"America has spent $10 trillion in the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq."

More like approaching the $2 trillion mark; ah, what the heck, close enough for an LTE.

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seenitB4 10/04/11 - 10:14 am
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R Paul needs to stick a sock

R Paul needs to stick a sock in it..
Now let's see...how high should we build a fence to keep all the terror groups out of the US....20 ft...maybe ---60 ft maybe....all around the USA....you know those little pesky nukes can do a lot of damage & we will all be sitting here waiting for the next shoe to drop...hey--let's not kill any more terror guys either...according to Paul, that's treason, even if they have planned many times to hit the USA..
Ya'll can have your weak Presidents.....I'll feel safer with a gun toting Texan myself....with a plump NJ Gov. as VPresident ...jmo

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omnomnom 10/04/11 - 10:35 am
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Those who would sacrifice

Those who would sacrifice liberty for security deserve neither. Those 60 ft walls can keep you in just as well as it keeps others out, seenit. Ron Paul's a Texan by the by. We already had a "gun-totin'" one with Bush. Ended up in two seemingly endless wars because of it. Assassination of an American citizen establishes a horrifying precedent, regardless of the cause. This is a republic? in a democracy? rule of law? no? we dont have the capability to put a black bag over his head in the middle of the night and whisk him away to gitmo? C'mon now, what are we training all these CIA FBI NSA acronymers for? Americans are running scared because of a fearmongering campaign that hasn't stopped since 2001. Keep your new jersey shore bacon. Have you heard his opinion on gun control?

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allhans 10/04/11 - 10:49 am
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If 500,000 children were

If 500,000 children were killed in Iraq, I can understand the anger. But...if it happened the Clinton administration must have kept a tight lid on it.
I don't recall hearing anything about it on our news.

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seenitB4 10/04/11 - 11:02 am
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nom.....My point is...We

nom.....My point is...We can't build enough walls to protect the USA...we took a licking & turned the other cheek with B Clinton...& then ended up with 9-11....when they say they want to kill all infidels (us) why is that so hard for some to grasp? I believe them...I know Paul is aTexan---he should go back to doctoring...he is probably good & caring in that field..I still don't want a weak President...

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zurp 10/04/11 - 12:08 pm
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@seenit Ron Paul doesn't

@seenit Ron Paul doesn't want to build a fence. He thinks it's stupid just on principle. He wants to fix the problems at their source, unlike Perry who wants more people out there to gun down mexicans running with babies and blankets. --- Killing terror guys isn't the problem, and it isn't what Ron Paul calls treason. The problem is the idea of the whole thing, that the President is allowed to kill American citizens with just his own word. Say it were justified this time; it's the idea that if he has that ability, how far might he take it? You have to regulate these things on principle. You can't change the rules case by case. We're a country of law and due process, and we need to adhere to that. If we could capture Osama we could have captured Anwar. Like I saw someone say, at least go after him, then if he resisted arrest, then you have the right to do what's necessary to take him down. --- You can keep your ignorant, oblivious Presidents...I'll feel safer with an intelligent man who always tells the truth and lives his life in direct accordance to his principles and who knows what's going on in this country, knows how to fix it, and is on the side of the people.

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harley_52 10/04/11 - 12:29 pm
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I hope Ron Paul stays in the

I hope Ron Paul stays in the race and is treated fairly by the Republican Party. Let him win or lose the nomination on his own merits. Personally, I don't think he has a snowball's chance, but the voters should decide it, not the Party machine.

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Vito45 10/04/11 - 12:42 pm
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Zurp, RP is right in

Zurp, RP is right in principle about illegal immigration; treat the disease, not the symptoms. If you are familiar with his platform, how does he propose the disease of corruption and poverty in Mexico and Central/South America be cured? If there is no cure, you just continue treating the symptoms until the patient heals on their own or dies, and I think that is the conundrum we are facing now.
I watch Border Wars and other TV shows about illegal immigration and I truly feel for those people who are economic fugitives just seeking a better life. I really do. However, we have to put feelings aside and act on logic; which says we can't just let people pour willy nilly over the border no matter what their motivations. We have a guest worker program and if they can't abide by those guidelines, then they should be forever banned from this country. People who hire people who are here illegally should suffer the consequences as well. There are a lot of things we can do from a regulatory standpoint to diminish those crossing illegally for work, if we just had the political guts to do it.

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allhans 10/04/11 - 01:32 pm
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What is wrong with Perry's

What is wrong with Perry's plan to send the military in to show the Mexican government the error of their ways.
If they would take care of their own, the "poor tragic figures" wouldn't be taking chances by illegally crossing the border.

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myliberty 10/04/11 - 02:56 pm
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Alhans: "If 500,000 children

Alhans: "If 500,000 children were killed in Iraq, I can understand the anger. But...if it happened the Clinton administration must have kept a tight lid on it.
I don't recall hearing anything about it on our news."
Please follow this youtube link for the news article about this issue: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x4PgpbQfxgo

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zurp 10/04/11 - 02:59 pm
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The problem at our border is

The problem at our border is caused by our drug laws. Drug laws aren't stopping our country from using drugs, it's causing us to obtain them from alternative methods. Drugs are produced in South America, shipped all the way through Mexico, and used by us. These drug cartels that have come up now have so much power because of the money our country gives them, that they are running Mexico. They kill people everyday, and nobody can do anything about it because if anyone speaks up against them, they kill them and their entire family. The Mexicans that are coming to our country are fleeing them. They come running with babies and children hoping to escape the violence from these cartels. Perry wants to show the Mexican government the error of their ways? It has nothing to do with their government. People have tried in Mexico to come up in office and fight against them, but they don't have the men or the firepower that the cartels do. They get assassinated and their families get murdered. The source is prohibition, whether people want to accept that or not. Mobsters were born from alcohol prohibition. These drug cartels are a product of our other drug prohibitions. It's easier to obtain illegal drugs than to obtain alcohol. We need to realize this. When we put drugs into prohibition, we lose all way of regulating it. It becomes an underground market, and it only brings bad things.

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myliberty 10/04/11 - 03:46 pm
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bjphysics: "More like

bjphysics: "More like approaching the $2 trillion mark; ah, what the heck, close enough for an LTE." Per about.com: it costs about $390,000 per year per troop, we have 44,000 +/- troops in Iraq alone, that is $1.7 trillion per year, and we've been there for a while, (far too long actually), add the other middle east counties to the pot, and it is likely to exceed the 10 trillion mark.
The money is not the issue of greatest import though, 4,477 US Soldiers Killed, 32,175 Seriously Wounded is the issue that really counts, I spent 13 months in Viet Nam as a Hospital Corpsman attached to the Marines, got my Combat Action Ribbon, (whoopee), and two Purple Hearts for not ducking fast enough, so I am familiar with combat, and more to the point, the wasted lives sacrificed, (58,000+), to lies perpetrated by our government. The loss of one life in defense of the military industrial complex is 1000 too many, and can never be replaced. Defending our country in a declared war is one thing, but this is a conflict, just like Viet Nam, and has no end in sight, just like Viet Nam. The lives lost are not worth padding the pockets of those same people that control our government, and that is all a perpetual conflict does.

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allhans 10/04/11 - 06:32 pm
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myliberty. thank you. I now

myliberty. thank you. I now see that it was through starvation, I didn't connect it to the comment.

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pel 10/05/11 - 12:38 am
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seenitB4: it's not about

seenitB4: it's not about terrorists. It's about who calls suspects terrorists and makes decisions. If it's same entity that alleges terrorism, the next suspect can be as well you. What's interesting, the killed guy is not even accused in terrorism. He "preached terrorism" and "incited terrorists" -- that's what they say. This very well may be true (They also call him a "top operative" but keep mum about any actual/prospective attack he could have planned or organized).

Killing a person without due process for preaching terrorism is something new. It's not even an issue of full court process. Obama could just ask the Congress for authorization and I am sure the Congress would have rubber-stumped it (besides Ron Paul, no Republican would dare to seem "weak" on national defense -- oh those chicken-hawks who have never been under fire).

There is something bigger about it: Obama demonstrates to the Congress (and Americans) that he is a God: he wanted to launch 100+ Tomahawks on Libya -- he did so and did not even think of asking the Congress, having full chance. At least he bothered to call it something like "not a big deal" (he did not even try to call it "not a war"). G W Bush, arrogant as he was, asked for authorization. Then comes Al-Awlaki killing: not even a shadow of a question or justification: he is plain boasting by this. If we are sanguine about it, be prepared to disappear because your neighbor's dog doesn't like you and he "won't keep it to himself". He will call the number on the poster and "say something" and you won't be given an access to a legal counselor. In fact, you won't even know what hit you.

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seenitB4 10/05/11 - 05:44 pm
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All I can say is..."I hope

All I can say is..."I hope some of the people posting on here NEVER & I mean NEVER have any power to make decisions for the USA."
we can kiss our fanny good bye if they do.

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