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Economics of Peace

cchuba Wrote: Sep 24, 2012 9:29 AM
Great article, traditional conservatives have got to stop being afraid of the word 'isolationist' and start arguing with the neo-cons that believe that we need to fix the M.E. Ron Paul had the most serious alternative to nation building and neither the media nor his primary opponents wanted to engage him seriously.
Reginald10 Wrote: Sep 24, 2012 2:33 PM
Why argue with someone who's obviously lost touch with reality?

The Jihasists want to kill, or "convert" us to Islam. This is their faith, their prophet commanded it over a thousand years ago. WE HAD NOTHING TO DO WITH IT. "Going over there" has nothing to do with it. Supporting our allies had nothing to do with it. Silly you-tube videos had nothing to do with it.

Until Ron Paul accepts that, and stops parroting the "Blame America First" line, he isn't and can't be accredited as a serious voice on foreign policy.
Anonymous908 Wrote: Sep 24, 2012 6:20 PM
1- Ron Paul has never blamed America. A lot of people like to put words in his mouth because that is easier than using logic and fact to disagree with him.

2- Jihadist want to convert or kill us, sure. Do you know what the PRIMARY driver of recruitment into jihadist groups is? It is military occupation. So long as we occupy their land with our military they can use this to motivate their people to join them in Jihad.
Wendy60 Wrote: Sep 24, 2012 11:58 PM
Explain this to the neocons, Reginald. Then ask them why they want to softball and nation-build the countries of the Middle East that try to kill us or harbor those who do. 9/11/01 should have resulted in the entire Middle East having been upended by December 2002 with virtually no loss of American life and less than $100B in expenditures. Islamism and terrorism should have been a distant memory by now, but the neocons want us to keep taking the hits and to drag this thing out for generations because it's good for our character.
How would a free market entrepreneur approach Afghan foreign policy?

After all, our politicians seem incompetent on foreign policy given the soaring suicide rate among active duty U.S. military personnel, increasing insider attacks against NATO troops by our Afghan “allies” and numerous civilian casualties.

Capitalists have historically opposed war and embraced production as a means to freedom, prosperity and national security. So, it surprises me when self-described fiscal conservatives embrace a foreign policy of military interventionism.

Indeed, George W. Bush opposed nation-building when he ran for president in 2001; he maintained that military interventionism...