Regular Gonzalez wrote:
I don’t understand how you can support Ron Paul but still say that he was arguably wrong about Iraq.
If you disagree with his stance on Iraq then surely you must disagree with his entire outlook on foreign policy.
I’ll pop in here with a disagreement if I may. I voted for Paul (and yes, I’m fully aware that makes me an uninformed, angry basement-dwelling, chewbacca-suit-wearing, poll-spamming, mouth-frothing, racist idiot, and all those other bad things.), and his position on Iraq was that we should immediately leave the country. That part I do NOT agree with, as it would leave a chaotic and dangerous situation that the Iraqis do not deserve. I’m of the opinion that if we broke it, we bought it.
But his stance on Foriegn Policy as a whole, I would tend to agree with: that is, America should keep their hands to themselves unless and until they are asked for help, or they are actually threatened. (And yes, I know that makes me a stupid “isolationist” throwback or whatever, thanks.) Iraq wasn’t in a position to threaten anyone outside it’s borders, much less America. No, I’m not one of the idiot conpiracy theorists who claim that “9-11 was an inside job!” or “There were NEVER any WMD’s in Iraq!” or any of that other bullshit. But the fact is that Iraq was pretty much in check before we decided to blow it up. Does our war over there make me safer over here? I have no idea.
What I do know is that 9/11 was perpetrated by a handful (20+) of guys who had been in this country for quite a while, who were just waiting for someone to give them the go-ahead. Are there still people like that in the country right now? I’d say that it’s very likely, and they probably don’t care much about what’s going on in Iraq, and they certainly aren’t going to change their plans and rush over there just for the chance to shoot it out with US Armed Forces, they’re going to pretend to be normal citizens until someone tells them what to do, and then they’re going to do it. Keeping us safe from terrorism is a job that’s accomplished over here, not over there.
I think that’s what Paul’s stance is as well. Blowing up countries where bad guys might live doesn’t really do much to keep me safe over here, and yes, believe it or not, if someone came over here and blew up my country, I might get mad and look for a chance to get revenge. (And yes, I know, that makes me a dumbass “blowback-theory”-spouting, blame-America-first, pinko commie bastard.)
I’m really getting deep into TL;DR territory, so I’ll shut up. The short summary of that longass diatribe is that I disagree with Paul on some points, but I still think that his basic message is pure, distilled conservative goodness: ‘Keep the power decentralized’, and ‘keep our country safe without stomping all over someone else’s.’
Great post. Agree with all of it, I voted and felt the same way.