Rep. Ron Paul: Isolationist and Libertarian

7 09 2007

Rep. Paul (R-TX) held his own on this Fox News interview.

And this is what Congressman Paul had to say at the GOP Presidential debates in New Hampshire the other night.

REP. PAUL: The people who say there will be a bloodbath are the ones who said it would be a cakewalk, it would be slam dunk, and that it would be paid for by oil. Why believe them? They’ve been wrong on everything they’ve said. Why not ask the people — (interrupted by cheers) — why not ask the people who advise not to go into the region and into the war? The war has not gone well one bit.

Yes, I would leave, I would leave completely. Why leave the troops in the region? The fact that we had troops in Saudi Arabia was one of the three reasons given for the attack on 9/11. So why leave them in the region? They don’t want our troops on the Arabian Peninsula. We have no need for our national security to have troops on the Arabian Peninsula, and going into Iraq and Afghanistan and threatening Iran is the worst thing we can do for our national security.

I am less safe, the American people are less safe for this. It’s the policy that is wrong. Tactical movements and shifting troops around and taking in 30 more and reducing by five, totally irrelevant. We need a new foreign policy that said we ought to mind our own business, bring our troops home, defend this country, defend — (bell sounds) — our borders —
New York Times Transcript of Sept 5, 2007 GOP Presidential Debates in New Hampshire

Is it just me or is Rep. Ron Paul just too interesting to ignore?

He is obviously unelectable, but GOP voters need someone like him in the race right now because he speaks to the libertarian instincts of the forgotten Republicans. That is the ones who are neither religiously conservative nor neo-conservative, but instead are small government, stop-snooping-in-my-business, fiscally conservative. Rep. Paul is a fascinating, if vanishing, species of Republican, especially since he is the only anti-war candidate in the GOP crop.

That said, I think precipitous withdrawal from Iraq just is not sensible. We need to leave, but it should be coordinated with some diplomatic effort in the region. Or at the very least the U.S. should give that a shot before abruptly pulling out. That way we may understand and possibly predict how the power vacuum of departing American forces will affect other countries in the middle-east.

Additionally, Afghanistan and Iraq should not be equated as security risks. Simply put, one country enabled 9/11 and the other had nothing to do with it.

But I can still respect his positions since they are principled and intellectually honest.

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