That Ron Paul is a conspiracy believing nutcase as the video above indicates should not be controversial. This is the man who was the keynote speaker at the John Birch Society fiftieth anniversary dinner in 2008, an organization that has embraced such bizarre conspiracy theories as Eisenhower being a Communist and water fluoridation being a Communist plot. Throughout his career he has given a wink and a nod to most paranoid conspiracy groups on the right. We see this most clearly in the newsletters that came out for over a decade in his name. Ron Paul claims now not to know what was in those newsletters which I find passing strange since he earned a million bucks on them in one year alone (1993). However, Ron Paul the crank and coddler of cranks is not the focus of this post. This post is concerned with Ron Paul the isolationist. That he is an isolationist, and not simply a non-interventionist as he claims, was amply demonstrated in a recent column by Eric Dondero who worked for Paul for 12 years:
Ron Paul is most assuredly an isolationist. He denies this charge vociferously. But I can tell you straight out, I had countless arguments/discussions with him over his personal views. For example, he strenuously does not believe the United States had any business getting involved in fighting Hitler in WWII. He expressed to me countless times, that “saving the Jews,” was absolutely none of our business. When pressed, he often times brings up conspiracy theories like FDR knew about the attacks of Pearl Harbor weeks before hand, or that WWII was just “blowback,” for Woodrow Wilson’s foreign policy errors, and such.
I would challenge him, like for example, what about the instances of German U-boats attacking U.S. ships, or even landing on the coast of North Carolina or Long Island, NY. He’d finally concede that and only that was reason enough to counter-attack against the Nazis, not any humanitarian causes like preventing the Holocaust.
There is much more information I could give you on the sheer lunacy of his foreign policy views. Let me just concentrate on one in specific. And I will state this with absolute certainty:
Ron Paul was opposed to the War in Afghanistan, and to any military reaction to the attacks of 9/11.
He did not want to vote for the resolution. He immediately stated to us staffers, me in particular, that Bush/Cheney were going to use the attacks as a precursor for “invading” Iraq. He engaged in conspiracy theories including perhaps the attacks were coordinated with the CIA, and that the Bush administration might have known about the attacks ahead of time. He expressed no sympathies whatsoever for those who died on 9/11, and pretty much forbade us staffers from engaging in any sort of memorial expressions, or openly asserting pro-military statements in support of the Bush administration.
On the eve of the vote, Ron Paul was still telling us staffers that he was planning to vote “No,” on the resolution, and to be prepared for a seriously negative reaction in the District. Jackie Gloor and I, along with quiet nods of agreement from the other staffers in the District, declared our intentions to Tom Lizardo, our Chief of Staff, and to each other, that if Ron voted No, we would immediately resign.
Ron was “under the spell” of left-anarchist and Lew Rockwell associate Joe Becker at the time, who was our legislative director. Norm Singleton, another Lew Rockwell fanatic agreed with Joe. All other staffers were against Ron, Joe and Norm on this, including Lizardo. At the very last minute Ron switched his stance and voted “Yay,” much to the great relief of Jackie and I. He never explained why, but I strongly suspected that he realized it would have been political suicide; that staunchly conservative Victoria would revolt, and the Republicans there would ensure that he would not receive the nomination for the seat in 2002. Also, as much as I like to think that it was my yelling and screaming at Ron, that I would publicly resign if he voted “No,” I suspect it had a lot more to do with Jackie’s threat, for she WAS Victoria. And if Jackie bolted, all of the Victoria conservatives would immediately turn on Ron, and it wouldn’t be pretty.”
Go here to read the rest. Some of the responses to Mr. Dondero’s piece were priceless, betokening the anti-Semitism and lunatic conspiracy mongering which is present among many Paulbots who comment on the internet:
“So, Dondero/Rittberg is yet another Jew talking trash about Ron paul. The international Jew bankers and Jews heads of international war profiteering corporations are really running scared this time, and digging DEEP!!!”
“AELF, the insult is inappropriate. I suggest the level of your analysis is flawed, as there are a number of careful thinkers, including at least one retired Maj. Gen. who is concerned that we do not know the truth about 9/11, or the level of involvement (or at least malign neglect) of elements in the intelligence apparatus. We had better all become 9/11 Truthers if we are to preserve what is left of our Constitutional Republic. Kudos to Ron Paul for daring to question the orthodoxy of the moment. “
“The Entire world KNOWS Israel and CIA was behind 911. The President of Italy and US Army War College Director Alan Sobrosky both state Israeli Mossad were behind the attacks, NYPD arrested 150 israeli Mossad agents caught celebrating and high fiving the First Attack! Odigo, an Israeli company, gave a 2 hour forewarning to its WTC employees. Either they were psychic, OR they were in on it. Bagel Nazis repent. There will be peace in the Middle East when Zionist Jews are in Orange jumpsuits cleaning the toilets of the Palestinians living in the Gaza Concentration Camp. USS LIBERTY-Never Forget.”
Back in the land of the sane, Mr. Dondero accurately portrays Ron Paul’s reaction to 9-11. His legislative response was to propose a bill that authorized the President to issue letters of marque and reprisal against the terrorists so private individuals could somehow fight their way through Afghanistan and capture Bin Laden. When Bin Laden was finally found and killed by our military Ron Paul was aghast because we did not inform Pakistan that we were going after him. The obvious response, which I assume completely eluded Ron Paul, is that factions within the Pakistani military had been sheltering Bin Laden for years, and any notice to Pakistan would have caused a warning to have been given to Bin Laden.
The hysterically funny aspect of Ron Paul is the alternate history realm he resolutely refuses to leave. In his world all that goes wrong in the world is a result of US foreign involvement. Ergo, if the US simply retreats to Fortress America the Earth will be a paradise. A typical example is the blithe indifference that Paul has to Iran obtaining nuclear weapons. If Israel and Iran go to war as a result of such a development, that is no concern of the US, as if the US and the world would not sustain devastating consequences from a nuclear war in the Middle East. His ideological forebears in the America First movement similarly believed we could simply sit World War II out on the sidelines. The consequences of such an isolationist foreign policy were brought home to this country dramatically 70 years ago. If Ron Paul ever got an attempt to actually implement his unicorns and faerie dust foreign policy I suspect that we would again have another Pearl Harbor style attack with nuclear weapons. Ron Paul, like most true ideologues, lives in a world that he has constructed in his mind, and it only bears a passing resemblance to the world the rest of us inhabit, and we see this most clearly in his extremely dangerous and naive views on foreign policy.