Sunday, August 14, 2011

Why would U.S. allies ever trust President Ron Paul?

Don’t get me wrong, Ron Paul is a great GOP presidential candidate and masterfully explains Austrian economic theory better than I’ve heard from any politician. His eagerness and will to abolish the Federal Reserve and return us to the Gold Standard are two great tactics for restoring America’s diminishing prosperity and superpower status.

His foreign policy positions, however, leave much to be desired. It demonstrates an extreme naiveté, announcing to the political world on a giant marquee that he formed his political opinion on international politics during the Vietnam War and has yet to adjust to the radically changing world since then.

U.S. foreign policy in southeast Asia at the time was based on the Domino Theory, which demanded that we support any opposition to communism because once a country fell, others in the region would also fall to communism, like dominos. This would theoretically lead to millions of political executions, thousands of political prisons, skyrocketing poverty, and mass starvation. Liberals mocked it, Ron Paul opposed it then and now, and the mainstream media deemed it ridiculous.

But it was true.

EVERYTHING the Domino Theory predicted came to fruition. One after another, southeast Asian nations fell to communism, a half-century of prosperity vanished, tens of millions of people were killed on battlefields or executed, and millions more would starve over the following 30 years.

Ron Paul was wrong then, and he’s wrong now.

South Vietnam was an ally of ours. They were invaded by a ruthless, well-armed, and well-funded communist neighbor to their north, and they asked for our help. If Ron Paul thinks we should turn our back on our allies every time they are in trouble, we’re not going to have many allies left. Why would they trust us? Or a better question is, Why would they trust President Ron Paul?

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