American Foreign Policy: Time For Serious Reassessment


Courtesy of Patriot Post
Ron Paul has been the receiver of political jokes from the GOP candidates and more rudely via the mainstream press; yet he is the only primary candidate that makes sense – and has more support from American members of the Armed Forces than any other GOP candidate. Why?
Because of his logical approach to American foreign policy – and the fact that Americans are tired of losing their children to futile causes and that ends up in reality a nation that does not appreciate our assistance – they only want our money and our destruction.
I am a combat veteran and was a professional soldier for 14+ years active and two years reserve. I have always followed orders as long as they complied with the articles of the Geneva Convention and the Military Code of Justice. Our government has sent me and many, many others to places in the name of helping those suppressed by tyrants, only to have those nations replaced with other tyrants. Members of the Armed Forces want to proudly serve and protect the United States, its Commander-in-Chief and the Constitution of the United States. But they are tired of going to war without an act of Congress, cleaning up other nation’s messes, and then ending up being hated. It is true that there are those in the military who perform illegal and immoral acts, and they are punished by the laws of the US Armed Forces – but it is ammunition for the anti-military mainstream media, and propaganda for those who are set to destroy our Constitution and the principles of those that founded our nation.
Our goals as a people united as a nation should be clear – but it is not because of those who are just pretenders and not true reformers.

I never would have thought that I could be considered “anti-war” – but my true stance is that which Ron Paul presented in 2008 and again this election year of 2012: Our foreign policy and military intervention has not improved situations across the globe, especially in the Middle East. We have had honorable intentions, for the most part – but the reality is that it is time to stop, re-access and take appropriate action or begin to have a policy of inaction.

In reality, a professional soldier/marine never actually wishes for war, but always wants to be ready for one – and when it must be done, fight to win. This should be the policy of those that are our government leaders. No more wars unless approved by Congress – and stop fighting other nation’s wars because history shows they don’t appreciate it. Billions of dollars is going to foreign nations while there are Americans who are struggling with an terrible economy and our nation is slipping into a national economic disaster; much to the delight of enemies of America and enemies of liberty and individual rights.
If Ron Paul is not elected this time, it will be the last chance to have a president who models his ideology upon the principles of a Jeffersonian republic. Instead he is demonized for thinking like a libertarian and marked as a “maverick” within the GOP. The establishment, despite its bad record, insists upon remaining “moderate”. It’s selected candidates, selected by the GOP establishment and by the mainstream media, the latter only doing so to cause internal division and thus allow the Left victory.
Anyone who threatens that status quo is considered a maverick or just plain silly. Yet, their political platform and policies have not accomplished that which they preach to us during this campaign to win a chance to unseat Obama from the White House and his cronies in Congress with him. Obama is part of the 1960s rebellious group who has been indoctrinated in the socialist mainstream that has infiltrated our educational system and various levels of government. Thanks to them we have the highest rate of children born out of wedlock, unwanted pregnancies that is approached through liberal abortion policies, an economy created by the very government that tells us that it must get bigger in order to solve the issue, when it has been Big Government that has been behind most of America’s problems. They have preached to do something, but the income tax system and the Federal Reserve is still in place. Their idea of solving the growing debt is to place more burden onto the American people rather than clean up their record of wasteful spending and social programs that never do what it was intended to do.
Ron Paul presents himself and his policies with character, dignity and intellectual insight – but once again we ignore them for politicians who are not qualified and are not statesmen – and who are just stage performers. 
I hope that Ron Paul has influenced enough American youth to step up to home plate and take up the bat of this unappreciated statesman, for he is past the accepted age to take on four years of grueling schedules and intense responsibility that has taken its toll on presidents of the past, especially those who go against the status quo and instead go for what is right for America and its people.
Back to the main issue …
Victor Davis Hanson wrote about the problems of our foreign policy at TownHall:

The United States had long ago supplied Afghan insurgents, who expelled the Soviets after a decade of fighting. Then we left. The country descended into even worse medievalism under the Taliban. So after removing the Taliban, who had hosted the perpetrators of 9/11, we promised in 2001 to stay on. We won the first Gulf War in 1991. Then most of our forces left the region. The result was the mass murder of the Iraqi Kurds and Shiites, 12 years of no-fly zones, and a failed oil-for-food embargo of Saddam’s Iraq. So after removing Saddam in 2003, we tried to leave behind something better. In the last 10 years the United States has spent more than $1 trillion and has lost thousands of American lives in Iraq and Afghanistan. Both places seem far better off than when ruled by the Taliban and Saddam Hussein — at least for a while longer. Yet the Iraqis now bear Americans little good will. They seem friendlier to Iran and Syria than to their liberators. In Afghanistan, riots continue over mistaken burning of some defaced Korans, despite serial American apologies. … The United States once saved the Kuwaiti regime after it was swallowed up by Saddam Hussein. We have enjoyed strong ties with the Saudi monarchy as well. Neither country seems especially friendly to the U.S. It is still a crime to publicly practice Christianity in Saudi Arabia. Fifteen of the 19 mass-murdering hijackers of 9/11 were Saudis. Oil in the Middle East costs less than $5 a barrel to produce; it now sells for over $100, largely due to the policies of our allies and OPEC members. Let us review the various American policy options for the Middle East over the last few decades. Military assistance or punitive intervention without follow-up mostly failed. The verdict on far more costly nation-building is still out. Trying to help popular insurgents topple unpopular dictators does not guarantee anything better. Propping up dictators with military aid is both odious and counterproductive. Keeping clear of maniacal regimes leads to either nuclear acquisition or genocide — or 16 acres of rubble in Manhattan. What have we learned? Tribalism, oil and Islamic fundamentalism are a bad mix that leave Americans sick and tired of the Middle East — both when they get in it and when they try to stay out of it.

Ron Paul has the solutions – if only those in American government leadership and the American public would listen and insist that we take his path towards true reformation.
When it comes to compromise – it has its merits in certain issues pertaining to legislation; however, when it comes to the Constitution – there is no compromise. The other three primary candidates haven’t learned that nor have they shown in their political history that they are wise enough to know the difference.

God grant me the Serenity to accept the things I cannot change, Courage to change the things I can, and the Wisdom to know the difference.

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