reply to post by mrgregbusybee
Now I've done some elementary reading, but I'm no expert on the individual candidates. I admit, I know more about Paul than the others who don't
seem worth that much time - my issue is with the views your argument is based on. You seem more than content to allow your politicians to carry on
with the military industrial complex, expansionist framework - which I am very much against. Not only as a non-American, but for the sake of Americans
I'd much rather you guys have a president that's assertive than continue in the aggressive vain of the cowboy neo-cons. Why are you convinced that
America needs a cowboy at the helm, with one foot on potential independent nations' heads - keeping them underwater?
Ron Paul believes that we, as a country, deserved...listen to me DESERVED the 9/11 attacks.
I may be wrong, but I doubt that. That sounds like propaganda. The same was said against George Galloway in a debate - are you sure he didn't just
try to explain where the contempt for America may have stemmed from? There's a big difference between doing that and saying they deserved it.
Which will lead to China gaining a head of steam against us and we mind as well throw Japan back in the mix. I think between those 3 countries
alone, it's safe to say their governments despise us and would attack if they had support, which they would now have in the form of Korea, Japan and
Massively incorrect assumption - you think China or Japan hate the US more than they hate each other? Japan perhaps, but not so much modern Japan -
America did rebuild them after all. In any case, China (the biggest player of the three) loathes Japan. These scenarios you establish are so far
fetched in any case.
Within the 1st year of office, Ron Paul would mind his own business and allow Iran to continue building or complete production of nuclear
weapons. Paul would allow Israel to fend for themselves and we all know that Iran wants nothing more than to wipe Israel off the face of the planet.
So in under 12 months, we would at a minimum see a war in Korea and one in Israel.
What a ridiculous claim. There is no objective proof that Iran is actually building nukes and if they are they would never use them in an aggressive
manner - they'd be destroyed. Why are Israel allowed nukes as a "deterrent" but not Iran? It's hardly a deterrent when no other country in the
region has them. Iran is not an aggressive nation and Ahmadinejad never said he wanted to wipe Israel off the map - that was a gross mistranslation of
one singular speech years ago. Anyway, he doesn't have absolute power. Your grasp of international affairs seems weak..
I mean really - "allow Israel to fend for themselves"? They are the most powerful, most aggressive country in the region. I won't go into the
"what about poor Palestine left to fend for themselves" argument as it's off topic but your Israel point equally doesn't affect US national
By that point our military will be so reduced and weak, we won't be able to protect our own coast lines.
There's a difference between pursuing a less aggressive international policy and a total dismantling of the military.
Opinions are like A$$holes, I know...but Ron Paul's stance on foreign policy alone should make you question his ability as a leader and make
you strongly against him.....that's if you care to protect your own country. Some of you may say, well who the hell do you want as a president? My
answer is simple, I really would like a president like Jesse Ventura not Jesse but with his attitude. At least we knew he was straight forward and not
covering up anything. So my perfect president would have the attitude of Ventura, the thought processes of Ronald Reagan, the ability to communicate
with foreign leaders like Bill Clinton and the ability to speak (speak only) like Obama....the man can talk. That's my perfect president... but
seeing how that isn't an option....out of our choices:
You do make some nice points there - I think Jesse Ventura is brilliant, though slightly melodramatic. It would be very nice if we could take the best
out of our leaders and put them together to form a super leader!
I won't debate much on the rest as I am too ignorant on the topic to do so, but I do really respect Ron Paul and from what I've seen, in an
ideological sense, I really love his ideas. You mention Santorum being the best candidate but I've been lead to believe he's somewhat of a joke..
Why I like Paul so much is because of his spine, he seems like an actual man of integrity - he wouldn't be pushed around and puppeteered to the same
extent as other candidates would.. although that's ideally speaking.
Anyway, my main issue was with your discussion of foreign policy - I think everyone's just about had enough of imperialism.