IPFS Mike Renzulli

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There He Goes Again

As if his ridiculous comment about US sniper Chris Kyle wasn't enough, now he has outdone himself. Former Texas Representative Republican Ron Paul has just asserted that the reason for the disappearance of the Malaysian airline that disappeared a short time ago was due to (you guessed it) American interventionism. I used to subscribe to what he is talking about but then I did the research and got a better sense of the root causes of terrorism. It is not US foreign policy that causes terrorist attacks but, in fact, Islam.

Paul's stance is reflective of the typical libertarian defeatist ability to not only avoid reality and promote himself over the truth just like other high profile libertarians (like Lew Rockwell and Jacob Hornberger) who subscribe to this notion. When it comes to Paul's remarks I am suddenly reminded of former U.S. Ambassador Jeanne Kirkpatrick's speech at the 1984 Republican National Convention of which I will replace when appropriate as indicated in [brackets]:

[Rockwellian libertarians said that saving countries Iran or Chile from communism and totalitarianism was the wrong thing to do - they didn't blame the Soviet Union or the communists for supporting communistic efforts in places like Latin America] - they blamed the United States instead.

But then, somehow, they always blame America first. 

When our Marines, sent to Lebanon on a multinational peacekeeping mission with the consent of the United States Congress, were murdered in their sleep, the Rockwellian libertarians didn't blame the terrorists who murdered the Marines, they blamed the United States. 

But then, they always blame America first. 

[When Hamas breaks cease fire agreements with Israel and supports terrorism against innocent Israeli men, women and children] Rockwellian libertarians didn't blame Hamas intransigence. [They blame the Israel and United States' support].

 But then, they always blame America first. 

When Marxist dictators shoot their way to power in Central America, the [Rockwellian libertarians] don't blame the guerrillas and their Soviet allies, they blame United States policies of 100 years ago.

But then, they always blame America first. 

[When Islamic terrorists fly planes into New York skyscrapers, attempt to bomb planes with unique explosive devices (like in someone's underwear or shoe) or set off bombs in during public marathons - Rockwellian libertarians don't blame people like Osama bin Laden, Anwar Awlaki or Islam for inspiring and encouraging them or for regimes like Iran for arming terrorists, they blame the United States.]

[But then, they always blame America first.]

It is so easy for Ron Paul and other libertarians of his stripe to make such allegations which are not only illogical, but ultimately grounded in hatred. For other high-profile libertarians like him to make allegations such as this is one way for them to capitalize on such disgusting lies to make themselves out to be mavericks. In fact, all they are are publicity hounds who seek self-aggrandizement at the expense of the truth.

Ron Paul also lied about the Iraq war and the reasons the U.S. invaded the country. Out of all of the remarks he has made about U.S. foreign policy, the most disgusting was a claim he made that the Bush Administration was gleeful of the 9/11 attacks so they could use the event to justify an Iraq invasion and later use it as a precursor for an invasion of Iran.

Ron Paul puts on a convincing act of being a straight-shooting, kind, friendly, and honest man who is perceived by his supporters as being a maverick Congressman. However, if examined critically he is no different than the slick, two-bit politicians he claims to revile. Paul twists the truth, evades answering specific questions, or blatantly lies when he gets caught. In the long run Ron Paul has shown himself to be nothing more than an abominable, silver-tongued siren of faux freedom who stalks around in the libertarian movement like a saint.