September 20, 2012

Former Presidential contender and retiring Congressman Ron Paul (R-TX), has been (mis)understood as being an isolationist, one who believes the United States should stay out of the affairs of other nations, even when it may be in America's interest.

The word isolationist is a pejorative term used to ridicule advocates of U.S. nonintervention in foreign affairs, intimidate their supporters, and stifle debate over U.S. foreign policy.

Throughout the twentieth century, opponents of U.S. intervention in foreign wars were smeared as isolationists.

Conservative and Republican opponents of Paul, although they may argue and fight among themselves, are all agreed on one thing: Ron Paul is an isolationist and espouses a dangerous foreign policy of isolationism.

After long and often times tedious arguments with my Libertarian son who believes Ron Paul is the only hope for America, I have come to believe that it is not isolationism that Ron Paul espoused. Rather it was, and is a neo-isolationism. It is one in which the United States would trade freely with any nation that seeks to engage with us. American citizens would be encouraged to visit other countries and interact with other peoples rather than be told by their own government that certain countries are off-limits to them.

American citizens would be free to spend their hard-earned money wherever they wish across the globe, not told that certain countries are under embargo and thus off limits. An American trade policy would encourage private American businesses to seek partners overseas and engage them in trade.

This, however, cannot be accomplished in the Middle East. Even though I'm sure Ron Paul would agree that it couldn't be clearer that U.S. military presence in the Arab Middle East does more harm than good, we seriously need to consider getting our diplomatic presence out as well.

It's time to pull up stakes. America, under Barack Obama, is in no position to defend our interests there.

Let's face it, our interests are twofold: oil and Israel.

As for oil, America has reserves in excess of those of Saudi Arabia. We should drill. We should build refineries. We should harvest our natural gas supplies. We should explore and drill offshore. And we should build the Canadian pipeline.

If we do those things, we don't need Arab oil — and the blood, aggravation, hatred and death — that comes with it.

Under Obama, these remedies will not happen. He is a firm believer in and supporter of green energy, fossil fuels and coal miners be damned.

As for Israel, America has become a liability. The U.S. treats Israel like a pariah state that does not have the same rights as other sovereign nations — defending itself from unjustified attacks, building and repairing homes and businesses in its own capital, erecting fences to protect itself from maniacs who seek to kill and maim its civilians, attack and destroy nuclear facilities from neighboring countries threatening the country with annihilation.

America is no longer a blessing to Israel. It is close to becoming a curse.

At the same time we pull up stakes from the Middle East, we should end all foreign aid, not only to the Middle East, but to the entire world. It's not money we have, and it's not constitutional to spend it this way if we had it.

This won't happen either, as Obama and the far-left progressive element in Congress believe our vested interests will be best served by the Muslim Brotherhood who are in place now to keep dictators like Hosni Mubarak and Moammar Gahdafi (two who served the US interests well) out of power.

I know that what I describe may sound very Ron Paulish. Well, that's what it is. It's the only policy that makes sense for America as long as we have a man in the White House who doesn't attend daily security briefings and who seems genuinely surprised that his calculations to undermine Mubarak in Egypt, Gadhafi in Libya and Bashar Assad in Syria at the behest of the Muslim Brotherhood fanatics has backfired in the form of attacks on U.S. embassies.

Obama is reaping what he has sown. And it's not a pretty harvest.

He doesn't even know if Egypt is an ally or a foe. He wouldn't recognize an ally if one came knocking on his door — as Benjamin Netanyahu has done on more than one occasion.

In other words, his Middle East policy, like all of his foreign and domestic policies, seems calculated to bring America down. Is this part of what then candidate Obama meant when he wanted to fundamentally transform America?

We can't expect America to rise up and be the strong leader among nations that it once was. We can't do that meddling in the affairs of people who hate us, despise us and want to kill us.

—Shut the borders to any new Muslim immigration so this kind of madness doesn't come to our shores.

—Develop our own natural resources in the U.S. and with friendly neighbors to the north so we are no longer dependent on the barbarians in the Mideast.

—Work strategically as an ally with Israel as an equal partner — not as a bully.

That's what we need to do, and we need to do it now.

Barack Obama is setting the stage for a regional war — if not a world war — through his incoherent policies in the Middle East. We should get out now, wave goodbye and be done with the fanatics. Let them seethe in their own anger and watch them turn on each other.

No more American blood should be spilled there.

Israel is quite prepared to take care of itself. We should simply green light our friends to do whatever it is necessary to defend themselves with our blessing, and sell them all the arms and munitions they need.

That's my solution to what we see happening in the Middle East - simple, neat and clean.

This is part of the Constitution Party's platform this year. The party proposes that these United States repudiate any commitment, express or implied, to send U.S. troops to participate in foreign conflicts, whether unilaterally, under NATO auspices, or as a part of the United Nations "peace-keeping" operations; and cease financing, or arming of belligerents in the world's troubled areas.

Did I mention the Constitution Party would have the US get out of the UN as quickly as is feasible without totally isolating the US from our friends around the globe?

If the only thing wrong with this prescription is that is sounds like Ron Paul, then Ron Paul was, and is, right!

We believe that the Constitution of the United States speaks for itself. There is no need to rewrite, change or reinterpret it to suit the fancies of special interest groups or protected classes.