Skip to comments.Exposed: Ron Paulís Foreign Policy Ignorance and Naivety
Posted on 09/15/2011 10:03:56 AM PDT by smoothsailing
by Raymond Ibrahim
Among other qualities, a good presidential candidate must be knowledgeable and able to think outside the box; equally important, he must not be naive or gullible certainly not swallow everything the enemy says hook, line, and sinker.
During the recent Republican candidate debate, Congressman Ron Paul exhibited his ignorance and gullibility when the panel was asked: Do you plan to decrease Defense spending, to balance spending, or do you believe high spending is essential to security?
After Paul explained how he was tired of all the militarism that we are involved in, and his plan on cutting back, he said, But were under great threat, because we occupy so many countries. … The purpose of al-Qaeda was to attack us, invite us over there, where they can target us … but were there occupying their land. And if we think that we can do that and not have retaliation, were kidding ourselves.
This is, of course, an old and well known narrative.
By questioning Paul, however, Rick Santorum exposed the latters naivety when it comes to the goals and motives of al-Qaeda:
On your [Pauls] Web site on 9/11, you had a blog post that basically blamed the United States for 9/11. On your Web site, yesterday, you said that it was our actions that brought about the actions of 9/11. Now, Congressman Paul, that is irresponsible. The president of the United States someone who is running for the president of the United States in the Republican Party should not be parroting what Osama bin Laden said on 9/11. We should have we are not being attacked and we were not attacked because of our actions. We were attacked, as Newt [Gingrich] talked about, because we have a civilization that is antithetical to the civilization of the jihadists [full transcript here].
After rejecting Santorums thesis, Paul made his fatal blunder:
Osama bin Laden and al-Qaeda have been explicit they have been explicit, and they wrote and said that we attacked America because you had bases on our holy land in Saudi Arabia, you do not give Palestinians fair treatment, and you have been bombing [audience booing] I didnt say that. Im trying to get you to understand what the motive was behind the bombing.
This exchange clearly revealed Pauls lack of knowledge concerning the nature of the enemy. After all, its one thing for some Americans to believe that the source of all conflict is the United States presence in some countries, its quite another its dangerous for a potential president to think, and speak, this way.
Ironically, Paul even contradicted himself: minutes earlier, when discussing the need to cut back on the military, he complained that we had a military presence in 130 countries bringing to mind the question: why havent these countries lashed out?
But whats worse is Pauls naivety that he would actually swallow and regurgitate verbatim the propaganda al-Qaeda has been dishing for years: thus Osama bin Laden and al-Qaeda have been explicit they have been explicit, and they wrote and said; and Im trying to get you to understand what the motive was behind the bombing.
Did it never occur to the congressman that al-Qaeda could be, um, lying? Had he bothered to juxtapose al-Qaedas propaganda to the West which indeed does amount to blaming U.S. foreign policy for their terrorism with the other things they wrote and said, he would have learned their ultimate motives.
For example, for all his talk that U.S. occupation is the heart of the problem, shortly after the 9/11 strikes, Osama bin Laden wrote to fellow Muslims:
Our talks with the infidel West and our conflict with them ultimately revolve around one issue one that demands our total support, with power and determination, with one voice and it is: Does Islam, or does it not, force people by the power of the sword to submit to its authority corporeally if not spiritually? Yes. There are only three choices in Islam:  either willing submission [conversion];  or payment of the jizya, through physical, though not spiritual, submission to the authority of Islam;  or the sword for it is not right to let him [an infidel] live. The matter is summed up for every person alive: Either submit, or live under the suzerainty of Islam, or die. (The Al Qaeda Reader, p. 42)
This medieval threefold choice, then conversion, subjugation, or the sword is the ultimate source of conflict, not U.S foreign policy (see also “Reciprocal Treatment or Religious Obligation,” which compares al-Qaedas messages to the West with its internal messages to Muslims, documenting all the contradictions).
The good news is that, if Paul is ignorant and naive regarding al-Qaeda and its motives, based on all the loud booing he received, increasing numbers of Americans are not.
I'm just saying put'um all in straight jackets.
Not that that wouldn't cause more unemployment( our only growth industry).
We need more of the Bush/Perry foreign policies, like with Mexico for instance.
Foreign policies with Mexico, have proven to be a win win for Americans.
Where did you get that picture of Paul. Quite frankly, I’m not sure I’ve ever seen him smile. Not only is he a crank, he’s a mean angry crank!
You’re kidding! Right?
“We need more of the Bush/Perry foreign policies, like with Mexico for instance.”
You do know that Paul has no problem with open borders with mexico, didn’t you?
We bring the crazy!
Great graphic. Paulsen had a lot more going for him, at least he was funny.
We spent trillions in Iraq and Crapistan and now our gas prices are really cheap, we sent our manufacturing to Communist countries, which really improved our economy here, all while the government looted the American treasure to support these great foreign polices. Now America is broke, the dollar is near worthless, millions homeless, jobless etc. It's wonderful!
Everywhere you look, people in other countries are in the streets waving American flags, and chanting USA is great!
Ron Paul for Secretary of Treasury!
(He’s generally sound on economic matters, indeed more so that most of the GOP field, but would be a disaster if allowed anywhere near foreign policy or defense policy.)
No, I'm being very serious here.
Even if Paul is wrong on foreign policy, his philosophy makes a lot more sense than the neo-cons and liberals. The last 10 years should be proof enough for anyone.
Thanks! Paulsen was funny, Paul is just nuts.
These foreign policies have worked out so well, Americans will likely be exchanging cans of food instead of gifts, this Christmas.
Meanwhile, enjoy the funny pics others post, since they have little to say.
He was counting on us being introspective and cowardly, like a bunch of Paul supporters.
Luckily for the future of the world we are not so lily livered and acquiescent in the face of brutality and murder.
Confucius might say. People who plan on taking over the world by blowing themselves up have no future. Building a world class military, like China, would have a better chance.
Oh come now...After trillions spent, draining the American treasure, occupying other countries for years, costing thousands of American lives, even the current socialist president went along with a plan to take him out.
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