Ron Paul’s Misunderstanding of Modern Warfare


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Will former Senator Rick Santorum step in to fill the sensible foreign policy vacuum left by Tim Pawlenty’s early departure from the GOP presidential race? One lively exchange in a debate before the Ames Straw Poll should give believers in advancing freedom and democracy some measure of hope.

It came when FOX News Sunday host Chris Wallace asked Congressman Ron Paul why he supports repealing sanctions on the Islamic Republic of Iran and if he supported its quest for nuclear weapons. Paul began his response by recalling the Cold War and insisted that the Soviets were a “much greater danger” because they possessed more ballistic missiles. “Why should we write people off?” Paul asked, referring to the notorious regime.

Santorum seemed baffled at Paul’s response. He touted his own authorship of the Iran Freedom Support Act. Paul could be seen in the corner of the screen scoffing before he suggested that the United States “mind its own business.” Santorum countered that Paul was “obviously not seeing the world very clearly.” Indeed, this retort from “Dr. No,” as Paul’s colleagues in Congress know him, suggests he sees the world as it was on September 10, 2001. Santorum was also right to play up his authorship of the act. It sets him apart from Congressman Paul, as well as the Bishops of his own Church.

The moment American Airlines flight 11 plunged into the North Tower, Ron Paul’s understanding of warfare became just as outdated as the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’. Despite the attacks on September 11, not much has changed since their 1983 Challenge of Peace letter which held that nuclear weapons were the greatest threat to mankind — not addressing the ideas of those who posses the weapons. A cursory review of recent statements from the USCCB on war and peace would indicate the Bishops’ central concern is still nuclear disarmament.

Yet, as with the Bishops, Congressman Paul’s mentioning at Ames that the Islamic Republic of Iran “doesn’t even have an Air Force” crystalizes this misunderstanding of modern warfare. As the non-state actors of September 11 showed, the Islamic Republic need not have an air force when we have commercial jetliners at their disposal, which makes Santorum’s Iran Freedom Support Act all the more important.

The act appropriated up to $10 million for the State Department to help finance democratic organizations in the Islamic Republic. The Confederation of Iranian Students is one such organization deserving of United States support. This year, in cooperation with the Institute of World Politics, the students held a three-day Iran Democratic Transition Conference discussing the principles of the American form of government as “preparation” for the fall of the Islamic Republic regime. The conference was especially aimed at laying the groundwork for democracy in Iran.

The students’ leader, Amir Fakhravar, was imprisoned and tortured for five years for his leadership in the July 1999 demonstrations. Fakhravar has shown an increased effort in making the Washington rounds and educating policy makers. Testifying before the U.S. Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Subcommittee in 2006, Fakhravar encouraged the United States to help the student movement: “We need means of communication within Iran and with the free world. We need cell phones, cameras, printers to print our books, fliers, and magazines, we need web pages.”

Following the purported elections of 2009, with the help of Facebook and Twitter, Fakhravar’s friends outside and inside Iran were able to organize a widespread, sustained demonstration throughout the country. Back in 2006, Fakhravar remembers the subcommittee’s skepticism of a revolution armed with “cameras, cell phones, and the Internet,” but as the demonstrations showed, it is quite an effective strategy. In June 2009 remarks to the Center for Security Policy, Fakhravar stressed the importance of not losing this moment: “this demonstration is much bigger,” than 1999 because, “we couldn’t talk to the world…we didn’t have any media coverage and we felt alone.”

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  • LifeB4911

    Notice to all those that CAN work past their cognitive dissonance…

    All of these wars come from Sept 11, 2001
    The wars we have engaged in and the new ones we are about to start, are all outlined in PNAC in 2000 by Cheney, Rumsfeld and the Neo-cons. You are living in the aftermath of a time they hoped for and actually wrote down in their PNAC works.

    They needed a new Pearl Harbor and as miracles would have it they got it the very next year while they were in power.

    The people who are posting here trying to pretend that America is great because of the use of its military might are obviously not in touch with the world or our history.
    The United States of America is strongest when it is at Peace. When we are out doing free trade and living up to the ideals of freedom. Yeah all the diplomacy can be frustrating and seem slow, but just going places and blowing them up is not the path that makes people around the world look up to the US. We are letting our leaders tarnish a very good reputation for our nation. They do not have a good foreign or domestic agenda for our nation which has been proven by the militarism and overwhelming debt we find our selves stuck with paying off. You all need to start thinking about your children and grand children, in terms of the mess they are going to inherit. Every vote counts!

    For those saying Iran is a big threat….? Really?

    The best arguement you can make is that Israel is threatened which is not the US. Any attack on Israel would result in total destruction of many of the neighboring countries. Iran is not a threat to the US…. period.

    The Axis powers were a threat
    The USSR was a threat

    Keep in mind that we did not have a patriot act for these two serious threats. Somehow despite having a threat capable of actually attacking the American homeland we did not pass a Patriot Act. Think about it… Nazi Germany had a real Navy, Airforce, Army that posed a real threat to our boarders. The generation currently of age in the US is obviously a bunch of complete whimps compared to those generations.

    Oh… I'm scared … better pass a patriot act, tap my phone, read my email, touch my junk so you can make me safe. …. It's really quite pathetic.

    Ron Paul's position is that the time, money and effort being spent on Iran is better put into focusing on our own boarders. Sending fellow American's into this IED ridden place is stupid. I remember the last country that went into Afghan and spent 10 years failed as a nation (USSR)… broke.

    I am voting for Ron Paul because he is the only individual who will follow through on what he says. None of the Republicans in that debate would end the war… they would all listen to the military leaders on the ground and we'll spend another 5 years there, or leave Afghan but replace it with Iran or Syria.

    WE KNOW FOR A FACT Obama won't end it as he just had his chance.

    Ron Paul will end the war. I have no doubt. The war is the #1 foreign policy issue
    Ron Paul will put us back on real currency and liquidate the debt. it will be painful but is required to get this nation back on track.

    He's the future generation's best chance… I'll be voting for him even if I have to "write-in" his name in on the ballot.

  • http://www.ronpaul2012podcast.com jtwilliams

    Advancing freedom? Are you kidding me? We destroy freedom here at home while fighting for freedom abroad? EARTH TO HAHN: corrupt and bribed officials and sectarian groups do not make a civil, free society! Our government has been involved in this idiotic policy for two generations now- and there are always more enemies to fight. lOr former friends who become enemies. Or the people who lived under dictators funded and armed by the US government. Sto talking like the Pentagon and the US govt stand on some kind of moral high ground. Only a mind-numbed zombie would buy this propaganda!

    The vast majority of Americans are sick and tired of the endless wars, and you know it! Not because a 9/11 type attack could never happen again some day, but because the cost of domestic intelligence and foreign occupation will destroy our freedoms and our standard of living! By the standards set back in 2001, the terrorists have surely won! And you're the last to recognize it

  • sam000

    I'm Iranian;
    I have my family murdered by the Mullahs,
    I continue to resist and I will fight to remove this shame of the Islamic Regime from my country.
    BUT,
    If you hear me,
    Notice that your USA administration was and is SIDE BY SIDE with the Mullahs against the Iran's democracy movement.
    We don't need your army to fight for us,
    we don't want your money,
    we need you the Americans to stop your STAT. DEPT. to be a Mullahs administration.
    The Mullahs lobbies have polluted your foreign policy.
    Personal adviser of Ahmadinejad (Trita Parsi) is Hilary's advisor for USA's IRAN policy.

    Another 9/11, but this time NUCLEAR is on the road.

    Your first 9/11 was Tailored during Clinton, Madelaine Albright stopped FBI to stop the plot, she appeased the Mullahs.
    OBAMA and Hilary are appeasing more the Mullahs, this is the best sign of the weakness of USA, This level of Cowardice emboldens the Mullahs for a nuclear 9/11.
    Stop your Administration, we will stop the Mullahs.

  • TommyO

    Crash course the phony “two party paradigm” and “media created tea party” Part: 1

    The media blackout of Ron Paul while bolstering other candidates illustrates nicely the two great modern schemes operating in American politics facilitated by the mainstream media – those being: the phony “two party paradigm” and the creation of the phony GOP “tea party”. First, the concept of a modern “tea party” came on board with the Ron Paul supporters back in 2007 during the campaign. Actual pounds of tea were to be dropped by a hovering blimp into Boston Harbor on the historic day of the original Boston tea party against British tyranny as a gesture of defiance to the status quo (lost of civil liberties; unending illegal wars; nation building; destruction of our currency; torture and extraordinary rendition; abuse of civil liberties under the bogus Patriot Act etc.). Party affiliation, national origin, race etc. wasn’t important – all were welcomed – only a love of liberty and a willingness to fight for it and hence among those veterans the movement is rarely regarded as “tea party” but instead the “liberty” or “freedom” movement and it is definitely not GOP or PERRY or Bachmann!!

    In 2008 when the “dynamic duo” – McCain and his side kick – Palin got their bloodied grinded behinds handed back to them by Obama. This is exactly what the mainstream media had orchestrated for the previous year – and the rank and file GOP voters predictably bought it – they bought media served “stooge of the day” McCain and side kick hook line and sinker! I invite you to research progressive AP reporter Liz Soldoti’s coverage of McCain 2008 and see how she systematically built him up “straight talk express” to become the GOP front runner – the MSM knowing he was hopeless and would get creamed by Obama! Immediately after the election in an attempt to do damage control the RNC/GOP and right leaning media embraced “tea party” to co-opt the movement for the progressive neo-cons – enter the right media ala FOX and the likes of social controlling neo-con personalities such as Rush Limbaugh; Glenn Beck and Sean Hannity. The left media, MSNBC etc. and their social controlling components: Keith Obermann; Chris Mathews and Rachel Maddow in an effort to maintain and reinforce the phony two party paradigm immediately labeled them racists and nut jobs stressing the “tea party” as against newly elected President Obama primarily because he was black!

    Hence: the term “tea party” as currently hyped in the media is a creation of the mainstream media and simply equates to good old American progressive “neo-con”! The concept of “tea party” they propagate is a primary tool currently used to continue the “two party paradigm” . Anyone uninformed enough to buy in is being seriously played and hasn’t taken the effort to analyze the actual facts – just taking the media’s word for it like a good little boy or girl and keeping the “status quo”.

    Allow me to go a little Taoist on you – the “real” tea party you hear about is not the “REAL” tea party!

  • TommyO

    Crash course the phony “two party paradigm” and “media created tea party” Part: 2

    There is no actual socio-economic and political ideological difference between – lets say, MSNBC and FOX – only the illusion of one! Both the (so – called) right and left factions of American mainstream media are all globalists – wanting to maintain American empire with all their corporate owners having direct BOD relationships with the giants in the military industrial complex such as: GE; Texaco; Chevron; Boeing; Lockheed Martin; Citigroup; Rockwell Automation; Chase, WorldCom, and JP Morgan; Haliburton, etc. and thereby financially benefit directly from the ongoing nation building and entrenched foreign occupations.

    So the mainstream media as a whole created the current “tea party” as is hyped today, to attempt to contain and control the actual legitimate “liberty movement” (being the actual REAL “tea party” started by Ron Paul supporters in 2007) – it being a threat to the status quo and use the phony “two party paradigm” to help them do it. This is the illusion of two different parties counter balancing one another – please don’t say you can’t remember recently this spring when republican Senator McCain and democrat Senator Kerry went arm in arm bellowing for illegal war with Libya? Do you not find it is strange that Obama never changed Bush/Cheney policies regarding: torture; bailouts; WARS; Patriot Act and lost of civil liberties and abuse of American citizenry. Exactly – both parties want huge intrusive central authority – its just one side prefers to balloon the size of government with aggressive warfare and less social welfare and vice-versa. Americans are spoon fed the “two party paradigm” as a controlling device through the lame-stream media – that’s why globalist neo-cons like Bachmann and Perry are being hyped as “tea party” and that is why they are desperately trying to co-opt many of Ron Paul’s life-long political positions on things, such as: auditing the Federal Reserve.

    For years have you scratched your head wondering – why are our representatives in DC doing this? Are they trying to destroy America? Unfortunately in a sense – they are. For the globalist in both parties it’s not about gaining a secure and prosperous American Republic – upholding liberty maintaining the supreme law of the land – the U.S. Constitution. It is totally about maintaining an economic empire for a select group of oligarchs using the American military. It’s about redistributing American wealth and technology and building “emerging” economies in China. India etc while de-industrializing America! It’s about destroying our education system with federal control so that our young people test dismally against students in the rest of the world in science and math! It’s about defending borders overseas while leaving our southern border in the USA open allowing for abuses of American citizens. We could go on and on about the mistreatment Americans suffer at the hands of a rogue government! However, you and I both know that throughout the process of the dismantling of America, the mainstream media tells you “its okay – remember back in 2008 when they spoon fed us “don’t worry either top tier candidate, Obama or McCain will get us on track”!

    The media is currently working overtime to convince voters that the candidates like Romney; Bachmann and Perry are significantly different than President Obama – this is definitely pure BS! All the 2012 candidates running in both parties EXCEPT RON PAUL are deep in the pocket of international banking and the military industrial complex! This corrupt system needs to keep bailing out criminals and keep this bogus war on terror going and ramped up bombing and saber rattling all awhile keeping the American people placated with the “two party paradigm” allowing for global elites to steal American national wealth and sovereignty! Ron Paul is the only candidate significantly different than Obama and therefore the ONLY ONE capable of beating him on issues that the majority of Americans heavily support (like ending: illegal wars; torture and illegal detention; abolishing the Patriot Act and Federal Reserve; stopping the IRS and TSA abuse and getting us out of NATO and NAFTA etc.)

    So, fellow Americans if by now you haven’t acknowledged that Obama is a corporate puppet you are in serious denial or part of the subversion! If you want things to continue under the rule of the global “banksters’ and “tanksters” – maintain the status quo and allowing tyranny to grow under the phony “two party paradigm” – vote for the media’s "top tier": Obama; Romney; Bachmann; Perry etc., but if want things to truly change and have the assurance that you will have the right to be heard and not silenced then begin to restore America liberty now and support Ron Paul! He can’t be bought – and the establishment knows it! Check your states regulations for rules of primary voting and do whatever it takes so that you can cast your primary vote for Ron Paul.

    WE WON’T BE FOOLED AGAIN!
    RON PAUL 2012!!!!

  • mlcblog

    of maybe we could invite Iran to a tea party and then when we all sit down and be nice they would be nice, too.

  • potb

    I love it how all those Ron Paul supporters show up when someone criticizes him. That mob mentality is very amusing.

    • Ennis

      But Why is that though? I mean whenever theres an article ripping on say Michael Moore or Noam Chomsky you don't see their rabid fans coming on here and commenting like hell, I mean anywhere you go on the Net whenever you see an article that so much as Criticises Ron Paul's policies the frothing that mouth starts up on the cooment section.

  • Simon

    State some facts and string them like a wrist band does not make for truth. The propencity for violence is a septor held by the west. Two world wars and still we don't understand that war is bad business.

    Only a few ever benefit from war. It took US 10 years to recover economicaly from WWII. Who will benifit from this war? American's? Iranians? Neither. We are still paying for the last war by borrowing from Russia.

    Our poor economie is a biger threat to America and the Americans than Iran could ever be, Every Great Empire failed due to its economie. We are no different.

  • flowerknife_us

    The last time Isolationests like Paul held sway, Germany ran amuck killing Jews and sub-humans.
    America firsters and the Hitler supporters all melted away after Pearl Harbor.

    Paul will be great for America?

    Ron Paul should be asked if he believes 9/11 was an inside/red flag operation. The vast majority of his supporters believe it. Truthers-tea party-Paul.

    This whole thread of Paul supporters reads like an Alex Jones message board.

    • LifeB4911

      Thanks! I agree, there are a heck of alot of people who rightly believe 9/11 needs more investigation. Lets make it happen and demand accountability. American's should know at minimum:
      1. Why our Gov through the National Institute of Standards and Technology (Dept of Commerce) in NCSTAR1A included in section 3.6 (pages 44,45,46) STAGE2 which represented the descent of the Building 7 roofline? This descent had "acceleration equivalent to the acceleration of gravity, g." Not close to or almost, equivalent!
      2. Why can't the American public see an actual film of the plane that went through the most secure air spaces in the world (AFTER both towers in NY were struck) and still flies into the most secure symbol of American military power (the Pentagon)?
      3. Why we spent less money on investigating this world changing event then we did on the Lewinski BJ investigation?

      I agree there are alot of us and we have alot of questions that are very reasonable and need answering by the government.

      Wake Up!

  • http://www.kerfufflemagazine.com/ Ken Caudill

    We were attacked by a nationless group of Jihadists. So we got ourselves involved in trying to form governments in two nations that do not want us there while spending trillions of dollars and the blood of our young soldiers.

    If that's modern warfare, leave me out of it.

    • LifeB4911

      Ken,

      If you went and did some basic research you would see that the description you have written above is actually a summary of what the national media has feed you. The story is actually much more complex than that and the funny thing is you do not have to try to hard to find the real story…. it is readily available but just not reported.

      You may want to believe that nationless Jihadists were the sole perpetrators but if you even attempt to scratch the surface you will find that the attacks were not only predicted by our gov but we had drills specifically for these attacks to include hijacked planes going into the pentagon and trade centers.

      You will also find recorded incidents of GW lying each time he opens his mouth about 9/11. Also that from the moment he got into office he was working on how to attack Iraq. Also that a gov group of Neo Cons in a group called PNAC wrote a manifesto in 2000 which included a need for a "New Pearl Harbor" to accomplish the exact agenda in the middle east that has been going on since 9/11 (their new Pearl Harbor). This group included Cheney and Rumsfeld and many other Bush admin people.

      If you spent a little more time digging past that surface you would EASILY find STRONG evidence that things did not happen the way the govt said. Example Building 7 the smoking gun of controlled demolition at the WTC. Then you would find the fact that there are many whistle blowers that have been filtered by the media or just plain imprisoned using things like the patriot act. Examples…
      Susan Lindauer
      Lt Col Shaffer
      Louis Freeh
      Alan Sabroski

      I know it is easiest to just go with we tried to nation build and it did not work out, but the fact is we are not there for nation building we are there for the "racket". As Maj Gen Smedley Butler wrote in his book "War is a Racket" after 30 years of service and two medals of honor. It is still the same deal… instead of nation building you need to ask yourself… where is the CIA and what are they doing? I would guess they are moving all the herion from the poppy fields which is worth a hell of a lot more than a barrel of oil. Butler would have focused in on what business is being done like natural gas pipelines or other big business that has been accomplished using this gun boat diplomacy.

      I'll stop… but you should think about learning more.

  • GWB&WMD

    What happened to my comments?

  • GWB&WMD

    Seriously, I made some well thought out observations and my comments disappeared. Does anyone know why this would happen? I was interested in reading feedback from others on the points I made, but unfortunately am unable to do so now that my comments are gone. I guess I have wasted my time here at frontpagemag…

    I also posted under the names 'Santorum!' and 'Google Santorum.'

    Any info on where my comments went would be appreciated (if this comment survives).

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