The new Rand Paul vs. the old Rand PaulThe Los Angeles Times ^ | October 24, 2014 | Doyle McManusPosted on 10/25/2014, 3:44:24 PM by 2ndDivisionVetRand Paul, the heretofore libertarian senator from Kentucky, gave a foreign policy speech to Republican grandees in New York last week with a clear message:
I’m not an isolationist like my dad..The senator’s peppery father, the thoroughly libertarian former Rep. Ron Paul of Texas, hardly ever saw a U.S. military intervention he liked. He said George W. Bush’s war in Iraq was nuts, suggested that the United States could live with a nuclear Iran and thought stationing U.S. troops overseas was just an expensive way to invite trouble.
On Thursday evening in a Manhattan ballroom, Sen. Paul, a probable GOP candidate for president in 2016, declared himself an advocate of “conservative realism” and named as his models Ronald Reagan, Dwight D. Eisenhower and even on free trade, not military adventures George W. Bush.“The war on terror is not over, and America cannot disengage from the world,” Paul said.
Speaking in a way likely to make Dad shudder, he called military force “indispensable … when vital American interests are attacked and threatened,” and said he supports airstrikes against Islamic State in Iraq and Syria but not arming Syrian rebels, whom he considers unreliable.But the most intriguing aspect of the speech wasn’t Paul’s attempt to distance himself from his father; it was his attempt to distance himself from himself….
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Yet, it seems he has changed his position and has chosen to re-write history.Despite all the evidence pointing to the fact that he has been behind the effort to withdraw all U.S. troops from Iraq,
Obama has now stated multiple times that he had nothing do to with it.
“You know what I just find interesting is the degree to which this issue keeps coming up, as if this was my decision.”
“Jesse Ventura Is a Hero… Unlike the sniper who smeared him.” Article by Jay Stephenson. – LewRockwell.com
In the months leading up to this week’s trial in federal court involving the former independent governor of Minnesota Jesse Ventura and deceased American sniper and Pentagon poster boy Chris Kyle, the Iraq war cheerleaders had already cast their hero and villain.
Fort Hood Shooting: Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and the Mental Illness Crisis in the US Armed Forces | Global Research
Another Fort Hood shooting sadly reminds us all of the consequences of war on the fragile human psyche. Earlier this week the soldier who went on the killing spree murdered three fellow servicemen and then turned the gun on himself. It was learned that his mother a nurse died of a heart attack last November followed by his grandfather’s death a month later.
By Arnold Ahlert Thursday, January 9, 2014
In 2008, authors David Horowitz and Ben Johnson released their book, “Party of Defeat.” It chronicled the Democratic Party’s duplicitous efforts regarding its initial support for the Bush administration’s prosecution of the war in Iraq, followed by their attempts to undermine it—for nothing more than crass political considerations. In a his new book, “Duty: Memoirs of a Secretary at War,” former defense secretary Robert M. Gates, who served in both the Bush and Obama administrations, delivers a devastating confirmation of Horowitz’s and Johnson’s arguments.
Bob (FUBO) Lonsberry: WE WON THE IRAQ WAR… ~ “Last week Fallujah fell to al Qaida. This generation’s Normandy now flies the Nazi flag.”
WE WON THE IRAQ WAR
boblonsberry.com ^ | 01/07/14 | Bob Lonsberry
Posted on Tuesday, January 07, 2014 9:14:28 AM by shortstop
I have a friend who fought in Fallujah.
He is boisterous and confident and full of life. He has the can-do spirit that defines himself and all who have worn the blue cord of the Army Infantry.
But yesterday he was broken.
As he talked about the Iraq war, and specifically the fight for Fallujah, there was a sadness that doesn’t come out in the speeches and books.
There wasn’t the never-say-die confidence of a veteran non-commissioned officer, there was instead the dazed uncertainty of a man who looks back and wonders what the hell it was all about.
…..Back to Stossel. To the question of \”Are We Rome?\” posed on the July 18 segment of his eponymous show, Mr. Stossel replied, \”Not yet.\” Wrong. Mr. Stossel takes comfort in the fact that \”we don\’t kill people for sport. When we go to war, misguided or not, we don\’t conquer or plunder. And when we win, we usually leave.\”
The popular host is utterly mistaken—just as he was wrong to summarily dismiss the threat to liberty of the \”National Security Administration tracking patterns in our emails and phone calls,\” to quote his nonchalant column.