Saturday, January 14, 2012

Ron Paul Occupies The Foreign Policy Vacuum

Because the 'Stache never ran, and the MSM is uninterested, and the front runner is timid and thinly informed, Ron Paul is permitted to run up big votes by staking out - essentially unchallenged - his sincere, flashy, bold, and entirely insane foreign policy positions.


"Ron Paul says he would pull U.S. troops out of Afghanistan 'as quickly as the ships could get there.' Afghanistan is a land-locked country, but hey, that's just the kind of boring foreign trivia we won't need to bother with once we're safely holed up in Fortress America. To those who dissent from this easy and affordable solution to America's woes, the Paul campaign likes to point out that it receives more money from America's men in uniform than anybody else. According to the Federal Election Commission, in the second quarter of 2011, Ron Paul got more donations from service personnel than all other Republican candidates combined, plus President Obama. Not unreasonably, serving soldiers are weary of unwon wars – of going to war with everything except war aims and strategic clarity. I would hazard that the recent video of U.S. Marines urinating on Taliban corpses is a coarser comment on the same psychosis, and the folly of fighting a determined and murderous enemy by distributing to your officers bulk orders of that charlatan's best-seller 'Three Cups of Tea.' There is a logical progression from three cups of sweet tea to those acts of micturition that the Pentagon would do well to ponder."

The Hammer also has something to say about the looming Paul Catastrophe:

"He is Jesse Jackson of the 1980s, who represented a solid, African American, liberal-activist constituency to which, he insisted, attention had to be paid by the Democratic Party. Or Pat Buchanan (briefly) in 1992, who demanded — and gained — on behalf of social conservatives a significant role at a convention that was supposed to be a simple coronation of the moderate George H.W. Bush.

"No one remembers Bush’s 1992 acceptance speech. Everyone remembers Buchanan’s fiery and disastrous culture-war address."