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A fighter of the ISIL holds a flag and a weapon on a street in Mosul

Former Congressman Ron Paul, the eccentric and embarrassing father of a prospective presidential candidate, actually commends President Obama for offering no strategy on combating ISIS. “A lack of strategy is a glimmer of hope,” Ron Paul says. “Here’s a strategy: just come home.” It sounds appealingly simple, but our troubled world is distressingly complex. If Islamic terrorists can seize territory and massacre populations with impunity, no nation in the Middle East is safe, while major countries like Indonesia and India, with substantial Muslim communities, are also threatened. Meanwhile, if big countries like Russia can dismember their weaker neighbors without negative consequences  then other rogue states – like North Korea, or China, or Iran, will be tempted to do the same. In our current sour mood, Americans may not care about defending international norms, but if dangerous, predatory behavior brings rewards and no penalties, we will surely see more of it – to the ultimate peril of our own security

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  1. john hosemann  •  Sep 5, 2014 at 6:38 pm

    congressman ron paul has over the years made some very astute observations about u s economic policy especially with regard to the fiscal mayhem caused by irresponsible congressional and executive spending and the ultimate reliance on the Fed to create more money and credit out of thin air to fund their self interested reelection schemes…I have always found his to be the only member of congress who had solid economic understanding and common sense…and I have always generally agreed with him but I am sad to say that his stumbling around in foreign policy is not his strong suit…his solutions always assume away the fact that there are evil sons of bitches in the world who have don and will continue to do evil on fellow human beings including Americans as we have recently found out ….his anti war ideas are naive and passing world l’leadership’ over to the likes of communist putin, and the communist chinese and the islamist barbarians in the middle east is not going to be solved by waving the banner of free market ideology and embracing obama’s simplistic idea of counting on hope as a strategy…cong paul and obama share a common and fundamental human weakness…that of wanting the world to be s they would like it to be as opposed to accepting the world as it is….and the history of the world is one of tyranny, misery and poverty….except where stong enough leders were able to give freedom and liberty a chance to effect its voluntary cooperation and exchange and thus its bounty…why the u s and some parts of europe are exceptional….and the fragile foundations of freedom and liberty are now at stake on a most serious downward trajectory…those of us who understand the long struggle between freedom and tyranny must not allow the ‘dont worry be happy’ ideas of withdrawing the u s from its responsibility and caring for all people who yearn for freedom to be abandoned …thank yo cong paul for your economic ideas, no thanks for your foreign policy ideas…

  2. joseph deutsch  •  Sep 5, 2014 at 11:26 pm

    We can’t afford it!

    When did our involvement there get results commensurate with the price of blood and treasure we paid??

    This is how great Empires fall…Industrialized nations need to wean ourselves from oil, and choke the source of funding that garners our interest and fuels these psychopaths….

    Cheap oil is not cheap if we have to factor in the cost of the wars, foreign aid to the region and blood of our young brave men!!!!

  3. joseph deutsch  •  Sep 5, 2014 at 11:55 pm

    “………..garner our interest IN THE REGION…”

  4. Ward Massey  •  Sep 9, 2014 at 12:29 pm

    We still have bases in England

    We still have bases in Italy

    We still have bases in Germany

    We still have bases in Japan

    We still have bases in South Korea

    (We abandoned South Viet Nam due to politics)

    We have an absolute responsibility as a nation to protect the people of Iraq from both internal and external danger. We had been doing just that for several decades until Obama removed our forces a few years ago.

    Not having bases in Iraq (with more than a small security force) is an absolute foreign policy failure!

    Put the current world situation into perspective:

    If your neighbor was beating his wife, kids, dog, etc. would you intervene?

    If your neighbor was stopping people on the street and asking them to convert to Islam or die would you intervene?

  5. Donna Pearman  •  Sep 11, 2014 at 5:44 pm

    the only way to have peace on earth is by getting rid of terrorist-we must do everlything we
    can to get rid of Isis & Isil before they invade the whole world with there ideals-either we fight them now or have our children fight them later-we should do it now or there will be too blood
    blood shed

  6. Raymond Takashi Swenson  •  Sep 14, 2014 at 6:56 am

    It is clear that many of the ISIS barbarians are people who grew up in the US, UK, and other “modern” nations. You can bet that if ISIS continues to succeed, they will be exporting ISIS barbarism to America and Europe wholesale. Remember the jihadist murder of American solders by a Muslim who was born in the US and trained in our graduate schools and worked in our Army. Remember the black Muslim man and teenager who terrorized the DC area by shooting random civilians from the trunk of an old car. Remember the Muslims who attacked a British soldier with a sword on the streets of London. Remember the Pakistanis who bombed London buses and subways. Remember 9/11.

  7. gary  •  Sep 15, 2014 at 9:40 pm

    I think every war we have fought has been fought under false pretenses,for banks,oil,and the military industrial complex,we have created these terrorist,trained them,funded them,exploited them,and now we have to stop them,well good luck to that.

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