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Ron Paul... Hypocrisy in the Middle East

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  1. DarrylS

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    From his newsletter, interesting perspective from the Texas Congressman running for Prez on the Republican Ticket.. he is a libertarian..

    http://www.house.gov/paul/tst/tst2007/tst022607.htm

    Hundreds of thousands of American troops already occupy Afghanistan and Iraq, a number that is rising as the military surge moves forward. The justification, given endlessly since September 11th, is that both support terrorism and thus pose a risk to the United States. Yet when we step back and examine the region as a whole, it’s obvious that these two impoverished countries, neither of which has any real military, pose very little threat to American national security when compared to other Middle Eastern nations. The decision to attack them, while treating some of region’s worst regimes as allies, shows the deadly hypocrisy of our foreign policy in the Middle East.

    Consider Saudi Arabia, the native home of most of the September 11th hijackers. The Saudis, unlike the Iraqis, have proven connections to al Qaeda. Saudi charities have funneled money to Islamic terrorist groups. Yet the administration insists on calling Saudi Arabia a “good partner in the war on terror.” Why? Because the U.S. has a longstanding relationship with the Saudi royal family, and a long history of commercial interests relating to Saudi oil. So successive administrations continue to treat the Saudis as something they are not: a reliable and honest friend in the Middle East.

    The same is true of Pakistan, where General Musharaf seized power by force in a 1999 coup. The Clinton administration quickly accepted his new leadership as legitimate, to the dismay of India and many Muslim Pakistanis. Since 9/11, we have showered Pakistan with millions in foreign aid, ostensibly in exchange for Musharaf’s allegiance against al Qaeda. Yet has our new ally rewarded our support? Hardly. The Pakistanis almost certainly have harbored bin Laden in their remote mountains, and show little interest in pursuing him or allowing anyone else to pursue him. Pakistan has signed peace agreements with Taliban leaders, and by some accounts bin Laden is a folk hero to many Pakistanis.

    Furthermore, more members of al Qaeda probably live within Pakistan than any other country today. North Korea developed its nuclear capability with technology sold to them by the Pakistanis. Yet somehow we remain friends with Pakistan, while Saddam Hussein, who had no connection to bin Laden and no friends in the Islamic fundamentalist world, was made a scapegoat.

    The tired assertion that America "supports democracy" in the Middle East is increasingly transparent. It was false 50 years ago, when we supported and funded the hated Shah of Iran to prevent nationalization of Iranian oil, and it’s false today when we back an unelected military dictator in Pakistan- just to name two examples. If honest democratic elections were held throughout the Middle East tomorrow, many countries would elect religious fundamentalist leaders hostile to the United States. Cliché or not, the Arab Street really doesn’t like America, so we should stop the charade about democracy and start pursuing a coherent foreign policy that serves America’s long-term interests.

    A coherent foreign policy is based on the understanding that America is best served by not interfering in the deadly conflicts that define the Middle East. Yes, we need Middle Eastern oil, but we can reduce our need by exploring domestic sources. We should rid ourselves of the notion that we are at the mercy of the oil-producing countries- as the world’s largest oil consumer, their wealth depends on our business. We should stop the endless game of playing faction against faction, and recognize that buying allies doesn’t work. We should curtail the heavy militarization of the area by ending our disastrous foreign aid payments. We should stop propping up dictators and putting band-aids on festering problems. We should understand that our political and military involvement in the region creates far more problems that it solves. All Americans will benefit, both in terms of their safety and their pocketbooks, if we pursue a coherent, neutral foreign policy of non-interventionism, free trade, and self-determination in the Middle East.
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    This man makes way too much sense to be in politics. How did he ever maintain his mind after getting elected?
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    Ron Paul is a true patriot
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    Ron Paul has been reading my posts, dammit! :mad:
    Plagerism is bad, Ron!
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    sounds like a pre-Nixon conservative... you know, before the party went nuts with religious lunacy ....

    it's striking that not a single CON man here has anything to offer about this essay above... mainly because it's irrefutable... the hypocrisy of our foreign policy in the region is right there staring everyone in the face, but no one ever really talks about it... if this administration was serious about justice and fighting the war on terror, we would be bringing the motherload of pressure down on Pakistan to root out the ENTIRE Taliban... a joint effort, by us AND them... and dont even get me started on the reacharound we give to the Saudis, who HATE us outside the royal family...

    we've picked on and killed the retarded kid in their family with A.D.D. (Saddam), while the other siblings who actually committed the crime laugh at us from afar...
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    I agree with him about not interfereing in the ME. We shouldn't meddle anywhere, but we always do, and have, for a very, very long time. I'd develop hydrogen fuel cells and flash the ME the finger the next day. Sadly, it's not up to me.

    As for his talk about Pakistan, he's nuts. What was Clinton supposed to do? Give Mushareff the finger and let radicals take control of their nuclear arsenault, and go to war with India? Do any of you remember the anamosity between India and Pakistan back then? India was fearful of Mushareff because they assumed his being military meant war was the intention. I think that's been proven otherwise.

    As for the ME voting in radicals if there were free election tomorrow, they would have also picked them 50 years ago too. Free government eventually will vote in those who deliver, as opposed to those who claim to be devine. The Palestinians are learning the hard way that voting in loons doesn't put food on the table.

    At any rate, I like Ron Paul, I don't know as much about him as you guys probably do, but my libertarian friends love him to death. His views aren't wrong, their simply narrow. The guy who takes office for the first time has to deal with the problem the prior guy(s) created. I see his point, understand it completely, but don't think his views are completely realistic.

    Go ahead now, hack me up.
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    Exhibit 37B:

    "We will make no distinction between the terrorist killers who committed these acts, and those who harbor them."

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