Republican Texas Congressman Ron Paul got into another scuffle with barely relevant Republican presidential candidate, Rick Santorum, on the issue of foreign policy. More specifically, the root cause of Islamic fanaticism and what motivates disenfranchised Muslims to rise up and attack the U.S. and her citizens.
Rick Santorum, in sticking to the ridiculously redundant and Fox News tested talking point, parroted the dangerously myopic rhetoric that makes Halliburton richer and our military thinner in numbers.
“They hate us because we are free society,” said Rick Santorum to a cliche-ridden raucous applause at the Tea party Republican debate in Tampa, Fla.
Ron Paul, having the foresight and firm understanding of the unintended consequences of American Interventionism and Imperialism in the Middle East, vigorously debunked this political callowness in three short words.
“That is nonsense!,” said Ron Paul in rejection of Mr. Santorum’s foolish comment.
Congressman Paul is famed for his foreign policy squabbles with the less-than-stellar political opponents that it has almost become a signature thing to watch. Football fans endured agonizing Bengals games to watch the garrulous end-zone celebrations of wide receiver Chad “Ocho cinco” Johnson, politicos tune into Republican snooze-fests to watch Ron Paul handily thrash a weak-minded foreign policy opponent. It’s almost akin to watching a lion eat its young.
The differences between Ron Paul and the MIC (Military-Industrial-Complex) puppets on foreign policy couldn’t be any more stark: Ron Paul willingly treads dangerous water by flouting American Exceptionalism and the bumper sticker reasoning behind Islamic antagonisms towards America, whereas the MIC puppets stick to the safe Neocon talking points that continue to make us less safe at home and abroad.
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