So many well intentioned people feel that Dr. Ron Paul is wrong and ignorant for wanting to stop the US Wars.
Lets take a look at that. Why does anyone think that the US needs to have boots on the ground in countries all around the world?
Dr. Paul says in his opinion that other countries consider our country to be a threat by being there in the first place.
He gives the example of how we would feel if other countries did that to us.
What would be the logical outcome if Russia or China were to build a huge military base in Iraq? How about Cuba? Would Americans feel safe if Korea began a base in Mexico? What if the land owned by China in this country were to be used for Chinese military training? Coming soon will be the financial bailout of Europe by the Chinese – what happens when China determines it’s in their best interest to have a base in Italy?
Who the hell died and left the United States in charge of the world? Americans pumped full of patriotism were hell bent about stopping Russia from doing the same things we’re doing across the globe. We fought off Germany and Japan for trying that same principle. We fought the Vietnam War which was really US against Russia and China and all we accomplished was loss of life.
Is it because we promote the Democratic way that makes us right and them wrong? Who are we to say what is right for other countries? Did we not fight a war with England to stop them from telling us how to live our lives and taxing us? Just because we give out billions of dollars in financial aid, does that give us the right to occupy their lands?
The question is: What are we occupying their lands for? Is the answer the same tired old statement that we have a presence there to ebb the flow of communism? So the old adages that worked on people in the 50’s are supposed to be good reasons for World Dominance?
I got news for ya! The world does not want to be dominated! If they wanted our brand of democracy and someone to tell them what’s right and wrong – they would ask for our help and opinions! Politicians and school teachers have been preaching for 60 years about how the world needs us to be a presence globally lest said countries dissolve into wars and famine.
Now I have to ask you – Who do you think is paying for this world protection?
News break for you: The United States Government does not have any money that it does not take first from its citizens! Those “Bullets Over Baghdad” were all bought with your labor and taxes. So are the schools and roads and hospitals and anything else that the American government does in its Nation Building quest. Just how much of a Global Citizen do you want to be? How much do you desire to pay for this title? Are you more of a global citizen than the people of Switzerland and how does that make you feel?
Did they ever teach you in school that if you pay attention, work hard and keep your mouth shut, that you can grow up to be a productive member of society and PAY to make the world a safer place? How much time have you spent in consideration that it is your tax dollars that are protecting oil fields in the Middle East so that other nations can have easier access to oil at a lower price per gallon? Did you ever think that your own children would attend a substandard school while your tax dollars built new schools in another country? Should your son die to protect the rights of Omar from being violated by Mohammed! Thats a very graphic thought, but what does it take to get Americans to realize that we should not be doing this.
WE HAVE THE TECHNOLOGY
Why should Americans feel that we need “boots on the ground” in another country to protect our way of life and freedom?
There was once a cartoon that characterized a “salesman” attempting to sell machine guns to a Roman general in front of the generals tent. In the background it was clear that the Roman army was equipped with shields, spears and bows w/arrows. The caption said: “Not now, I have a war to fight.” That my fellow Americans is the general thinking of most people when it comes to protecting America.
Withdrawing troops and bases from foreign soil does not mean “Isolationism.” It does not mean that we as a nation desire to tell the world to go away! Other countries see the United States as “Bully’s” as opposed to our grand notion that we are there to protect them. You can argue all you want that they are wrong but it is still their perception that matters in their country. Sure, there have been crying kids and parents thanking our troops gratefully, in some country that we helped win a battle – after the bombs stopped and the burials began. How long after the funerals were over do you think that the opinions began to change? A year, 5-10 years? How do you think they feel 50 years later? Just how wrong is Dr. Paul for stating we should pull out of these countries? After all, it is Americans they are shooting at and not each other. It is our embassy’s that are getting bombed. It is our military installations that they attack. What kind of clue do you need to understand that it is their country and they don’t want us in it?
Therefore, the very strategy of “protecting our interest” has to change.
Have you ever personally witnessed what our military is capable of when we take the handcuffs off? I have, even though it was 40 years ago. I have to believe that what was once powerful, is even more so today with technology and much better weapons and planes. Our navy, with its aircraft carriers sitting miles offshore can do amazing things. Airplanes flying at the speed of sound can shoot missiles through open windows and return to the safety of the carrier which is guarded by another ship called a Destroyer. Do we really need 200 military bases when one will suffice? Do we really need our men and women walking the streets of a combat zone. How about sitting in a tent or barracks at a military compound waiting on a hostile missile to take them out? Why? Why? Why?
We have a Secretary of State and many Ambassadors to negotiate with the heads of state of all the world. There are so many military and world leaders that no one even knows who they are. Let them do their jobs and quit using the threat of violence in the forms of soldiers walking the streets to do our bidding and protect us. We don’t need to lose a life to make a point! If our leaders can not negotiate a settlement – we sanction them and hold our ground til they do agree. If that doesn’t work and they take an American life, we send them a present. That present should be in the form of our advanced technology. We can send a little technology or a lot of technology, depending on how long it takes to make the point. The present should be delivered from Utah or a carrier located so far off shore that it can’t be seen with binoculars.
Thats not Isolationism! Its Protectionism! Our country’s leaders need to “Say what they mean and mean what they say.” If they can’t do that, they need to be replaced. Iran released hostages because they knew Ronald Reagan would not tolerate their actions, the day he came into office. Our country has to have leaders that other countries respect. One of our states has road signs that everyone in our nation knows about whether they have ever been there or not. The signs simply say: Don’t Mess With Texas. Texas doesn’t go to other states and flaunt this ideology but everyone knows its there. I don’t promote scaring the world straight, but I do promote using the technology that we have in a way that saves our nation money and lives.
Instead of putting American sons and daughters in harms way, we should pull back to a safe distance. Say somewhere in the neighborhood of “Home.” Take the targets off the backs of our men and women and put them in our country where they can protect American borders. So far we have done a better job of protecting Iraqi borders than the ones we have in the southwest and California. That doesn’t mean that all immigration should cease either! It just means that we are going to enforce the laws we have had in place and stop the flow of illegals coming into this nation. We have to wake up to the realization that it is not just illegal gardeners that are coming across our borders.
Was 9/11 our fault? HELL NO! But ask yourself this:
Why did the Islamic Terrorists not fly planes into the Eiffel Tower, Buckingham Palace, or Tiananmen Square. No they specifically wanted to ruin our nation financially (World Trade Center) and send a message to our military by taking out the Pentagon. Look at the messages they sent during the Clinton administration. Our nations military needs to come home and quit antagonizing the lunatics located outside our borders. I would rather send a missile from 100 miles away than shoot at a man from 50 yards. Missiles are just more accurate and besides that “its nothing personal.” just business.