I urge you to read this!
Change the names and countries and I have the same questions: ( comments from questions from me)
Ron Paul’s thought-provoking speech on the House floor from February 2009 seems as appropriate now as it did then…
“Madam Speaker, I have a few questions for my colleagues.
What if our foreign policy of the past century is deeply flawed and has not served our national security interest?
(yes it is flawed!)
What if we wake up one day and realize that the terrorist threat is the predictable consequence of our meddling in the affairs of others, and has nothing to do with us being free and prosperous?
(how about the terrorists we back?)
What if propping up repressive regimes in the Middle East endangers both the United States and Israel?
(all about oil)
What if occupying countries like Iraq and Afghanistan and bombing Pakistan is directly related to the hatred directed toward us?
(don’t blame them for hating us)
What if someday it dawns on us that losing over 5,000 American military personnel in the Middle East since 9/11 is not a fair tradeoff with the loss of nearly 3,000 American citizens no matter how many Iraqi, Pakistanian, Afghan people are killed or displaced?
(let’s not mention how many innocent civilians including children WE have killed)
What if we finally decide that torture, even if called “enhanced interrogation technique”, is self-destructive and produces no useful information and that contracting it out to a third world nation is just as evil?
(continuance or our policies result in torture of Americans in more ways than one)
What if it is finally realized that war and military spending is always destructive to the economy?
(done just to fudge the numbers and make the economy look good)
What if all war-time spending is paid for through the deceitful and evil process of inflating and borrowing?
(spot on! the elite benefit from this)
What if we finally see that war-time conditions always undermine personal liberty?
(personal liberty is now undermined in and out of war time!)
What if Conservatives who preach small government wake up and realize that our interventionist foreign policy provides the greatest incentive to expand the government?
(boy is that true)
What if Conservatives understood once again that their only logical position is to reject military intervention and managing an empire throughout the world?
(how about managing America in our own borders first?)
What if the American people woke up and understood that the official reasons for going to war are almost always based on lies and promoted by war propaganda in order to serve special interests?
(what if the American people just plain ass WOKE UP!)
What if we as a nation came to realize that the quest for empire eventually destroys all great nations?
(we can’t manage our own country screw an empire)
What if Obama has no intention of leaving Iraq?
(plug in Libya, Afghanistan, country of your choice)
What if a military draft is being planned for for the wars that would spread if our foreign policy is not changed?
(anyone that would not flee if these evil bastards put a draft in place is stupid)
What if the American people learned the truth, that our foreign policy has nothing to do with national security, that it never changes from one administration to the next?
(hasn’t since 1900)
What if war in preparation for war is a racket serving the special interests?
(special interests get all the goodies, rule the country)
What if President Obama is completely wrong about Afghanistan and it turns out worse than Iraq and Vietnam put together?
(why aren’t we burning the poppy fields that lead to heroin?)
What if Christianity actually teaches peace and not preventive wars of aggression?
(We condemn Islam and we are no better with aggression)
What if diplomacy is found to be superior to bombs and bribes in protecting America?
(that would be novel)
What happens if my concerns are completely unfounded?
(no you were spot on Mr. Paul)
But what happens if my concerns are justified and ignored?
And I yield back the balance of my time.”
(parts of this courtesy of zerohedge.com)