I’ve been met with pure emotion every time I question a Ron Paul supporter on RP’s foreign policy positions. The aggregate response is; “What are you, stupid??!!! Ron Paul is great!!!!” but in comments on his web site it is mostly smoke screen– pure distraction– Ignore and Redirect.
I went to the obvious source of Ron Paul positions– Ron Paul’s own web site, for clarification, and found none. The best I could ascertain was that RP’s position on hostile enemies is; “Stop, or I’ll say Stop again!” or “Stop, or you’ll get a letter of condemnation on official letterhead!”
There are two ten minute videos there. I got through one, with only more questions. At one stage, where he’s making the point, “America negotiated with the Soviet Union and so therefore we can negotiate with Iran” he wraps it up saying that, after all, Iran is no bigger a threat than was the Soviet Union. (oh boy) No, see; the Soviet Union was a massively greater threat than Iran is today. See. Mutually Assured Destruction was well in place. His reasoning is backwards.
In another segment of the same vid, he says he’s totally opposed to sanctions, on the notion that they’re an act of war. OK. I could agree with that, but then he slips in the idea of “putting pressure” on hostiles without giving any clue as what that could mean. Let’s see, maybe 12 years, seventeen UN resolutions against the Saddam regime in Iraq, followed by Saddam kicking out the UN inspectors? “Pressure”, with nothing to back it up, will be met with laughter by our enemies.
As it went, we had not one, but two U.S. Congressional authorizations of force (official declarations of war) with Congresscritters falling all over each other to get in front of the cameras and make sure we all knew they favored military action. A few weeks later and it was “Bush Lied, People Died!” and “9/11 Was An Inside Job!” and “No War For Oil!” and as far as I can tell Ron Paul agrees with the later attitudes, saying we’re illegally doing this and illegally doing that, and no wonder people hate us because we suck (no explanation of why the Russians and Chinese, among others, aren’t as hated as the U.S., after they’ve been ten times as “Imperialist” as anything the U.S. ever did).
My best assessment of Ron Paul’s foreign/military position is that it’s a conflation of Jane Fonda’s, John Kerry’s and Cindy Sheehan’s, i.e. pure emotion mixed with the belief that the U.S. is on balance a force of evil in the world, with some shameless pandering to the “Make Love, Not War!” constituency (which he must see as an important voting block) mixed in. That and he apparently can’t afford a moderator for his web site. Other than that, I like Ron Paul a lot.