Bolton: If you’re thinking about Ron Paul, think again!

Bolton first weighs in on Obama weaknesses in foreign policy, namely his removal of troops from Iraq that Bolton calls ‘catastrophic’, which he says should worry the entire world given its broader implications for a possible second Obama term. He also talks about how the world sees us now and how the may be plotting their challenges, which brings him to the GOP race of which he says there needs to be much more debate about foreign policy to show Americans what their alternatives are beyond what this weak president has done internationally.

Thus he feels the need to be candid in telling voters, politely of course, that we cannot live in fantasy land with Ron Paul’s foreign policy, which he says is worse than Obama’s foreign policy. He says if you are considering Ron Paul because of his domestic agenda, think again and pick another candidate:

That’s why I think the debate on the Republican side is so important. And why when I see, I have to be candid, a candidate like Ron Paul whose foreign policy is if anything is worse than the Obama administration apparently leading in Iowa according to some polls, it just gives me great concern. …

But I guess I’d say to people who look at Ron Paul and have some measure of support for his domestic policies on the libertarian side, I’d have to say look, I consider myself pretty libertarian but you cannot live in fantasy land. The rest of the world is not going to leave us alone and we need a Commander-in-Chief who understands that. A Ron Paul president would simply not address the challenges we face.

So if you’re thinking about Ron Paul because of his domestic issues, think again and look at virtually any of the other candidates and consider how they would be as Commander-in-Chief. That’s the president’s first duty, defending the country.



Neocon!

I’m kidding, of course.

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Joseph Bocchino
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Joseph Bocchino

John Bolton is a tool of the military industrial complex…

the same idiot who spun fake intel for Iraq Yellow Cake and on and on….

I for one, am very tired of the fake world wars….

it’s time for America first, and stop making the war profiteers rich…

Anonymous
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Anonymous

They cut the part where Bolton pulls levers that cause flames to shoot into the air and declares himself the great and powerful wizard. That was the best part.

Warren Westfall
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Warren Westfall

What a Neo-con, the fantasy land he lives in has the rest of world bowing to the Military industrial complex and if Americans keep falling for these fallin angels of doom then we are surely doomed. The people that hate us have told our govt for years that they hate us because of our foreign policy. They do hate Christianity but they hate us bombing them in the name of Christ first!! They know better than us that America is not a Christian nation anymore, they laugh at us because we look stupid, all they have to go off of is our TV evangelist that make a mockery of true Christianity. Get real people we have to set the example in the world and start taking care of our own in this country. That can’t be done with the hundreds of bases and all our troops spread out across the… Read more »

John Esposito
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John Esposito

Ron Paul is the LEAST naive on foreign policy. Ron Paul actually knows the truth about how the Middle East works and without a shadow of a doubt will protect this country First and Foremost!! Listen to Ron Paul.. 1) Declare War 2) Strike hard and fast 3) Win the war 4) Get our troops home. Do you know how long the USA engaged in WWI and WWII? Sorry.. but these talking heads are just protecting the war machine. They know the truth about what Ron Paul says, but they choose to spew lies. They don’t care about you and me. Ron Paul is the only one that DOES care about you and me.

Suzanne Leah Rohring
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Suzanne Leah Rohring

Here’s your donations source (I don’t understand why this was so hard for you to come across a simple Google search yielded many results – so you’re either willfully ignorant or lazy) http://www.politifact.com/texas/statements/2011/jul/23/ron-paul/ron-paul-says-members-military-have-given-him-far-/ What are you so scared of? War doesn’t scare you? peace does? Paul is saying we should try diplomacy first, if that fails than LEGALLY declare war, go in with everything we’ve got, win and leave them to rebuild their own nation. John Bolton’s a war-mongering chicken hawk “He wrote in his Yale 25th reunion book “I confess I had no desire to die in a Southeast Asian rice paddy. I considered the war in Vietnam already lost.”-John Bolton Well my Uncle did die in a rice paddy in Vietnam, my dad fought in Korea (US Army Signal Corp), my brother was a an Army Ranger and went to Grenada and right now my wonderful 26 year… Read more »

KenInMontana
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KenInMontana

What I find disturbing are people like you, who post a wall of hyperbole with selectively edited history.

As a veteran, I would thank your family for its service and sacrifice. That said, since the draft expired towards the end of the Vietnam war, those that enter military service are volunteers as well as adults, as a parent I will not “offer up” my son for service, I will let him make that decision on his own. It is not my place nor any parent’s place to make that decision for their adult “children”.

On the subject of Jefferson and the Barbary Pirates, you were aware that Jefferson first attempted to buy them off with bribes, were you not? Is this also a policy view shared by your candidate?

Carl Rocco
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Carl Rocco

Ron Paul’s foreign policy scares this moron huh? Anyone who knows anything about our history in the middle east knows that there would NEVER have been a 9/11 event if we had followed our constitution (Dr. Paul’s foreign policy). If you don’t believe this then please educate yourself a little. Start with watching this video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I8NhRPo0WAo

KenInMontana
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KenInMontana

And US Foreign Policy is defined in the US Constitution where precisely? Article and Section please.

Skylar Saveland
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Skylar Saveland

The Republicans plan to run with “we didn’t stay in Iraq long enough”? No wonder Ron Paul is doing so well. Americans, especially active-duty military, like Ron Paul’s foreign policy.

gramma_d
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gramma_d

I keep hearing Ron Paul fans that the active-duty military are behind him. But, as yet, I have not seen, heard or read anything about this. Where are you hearing it from? As far as John Bolton is concerned, I would believe him over Ron Paul. Paul scares me so much with his thoughts on the middle east that I would never vote for him. Don’t forget that Thomas Jefferson sent the Marines to Tripoli to fight the Muslims. So what we are doing now is nothing new.

Anonymous
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Anonymous

I can agree with Barry_Rasmussen that the Paul vote surge may just be more protest voting. Congress and the Hope and Change President have failed miserably to right the wrongs of Bush and the abandonment of true fiscally conservative principles. The result is the economy we must endure indefinitely now while our government heaps us in debt. There wouldn’t have been a Tea Party if the GOP hadn’t disenfranchised it’s base fiscally. 2010 isn’t over, constituents are still pissed, and to a large segment a pariah will sound refreshing until the economy is productive for the working classes again. For 7 years now our elections have swapped a sizable segment of backlash at over reach on a number of issues. Washington is out of control on the left and right and they still aren’t hearing us because they are too busy chasing campaign money. What puzzles me in these conversations… Read more »

Nathan White
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Nathan White

The race is narrowing to Paul and Romney and now the media is eliminating their Anti-Romney jargon

Anonymous
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Anonymous

Henninger: The Ron Paul Vote It has little to do with the Texas congressman. http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052970204720204577126711408360798.html?mod=rss_opinion_main An example of the merit of this analysis is: Kelly Clarkson: “I Love Ron Paul” I like Ron Paul because he believes in less government and letting the people (all of us) make the decisions and mold our country. That is all. Out of all the Republican nominees, he’s my favorite.” http://www.gossipcop.com/kelly-clarkson-ron-paul-endorsement-support-president-2012-republican-twitter/ Ms. Clarkson is clearly not thinking of Paul’s views on foreign policy in her statement, but it does reflect a view that many people have. Ten years after 9/11, between the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the insurgency in Pakistan and Yemen, the war in Libya, the uprising in Syria, the ongoing struggle between Israel and its neighbors, along with continuing threats of terror attacks in America, it is understandable that many people have concluded a “plague on all their houses.” No one… Read more »

Anonymous
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Anonymous

And when we run out of money and China stops buying our debt, how are we going to pay for our police the world policies????

At that point in our country your currency will be an assault riffle and ammo, if your lucky enough to have one already, if not, well you’ll be just another dummy bringing a knife to a gun fight.

Anonymous
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Anonymous

China has already stopped buying US Treasuries, and is slowly reducing their holdings.

We need to fix the present and long term fiscal imbalance.

– cut discretionary spending, both security and non-security;

(We need to rethink our national security needs based on the threats posed by radical Islamic jihad aided and abetted by Iran, Saudi Arabia and Pakistan; along with the threats posed by China and Russia.)

– reform mandatory spending;

– reform the tax code; and

– adopt such other policies as appropriate, all of which are designed to promote private sector growth, including turning America into an energy superpower.

(Not a Gingrich supporter, because he does not propose cutting enough, but he has the most pro-growth reform and policy proposals.)

Anonymous
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Anonymous

I get frustrated listening to the average American dullard jaw on about how Ron Paul is weak on foreign policy. If Ron Paul was Pres. and the Congress felt that Iran was enough of a threat to declare war on, then Ron Paul would faithfully execute his role as commander-in-chief and prosecute the war if Congress so ordered .

How does that make Ron Paul week on foreign policy?

America, it’s time you wake up and read the constitution. The president’s job is to prosecute the wars that Congress declares. We The People are responsible for our foreign-policy entanglements not the president.

Newt Gingrich is a dishonest man, period! Anything that he proposes you need to take with a grain of salt.

Marjorie Haun
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Marjorie Haun

When it comes to national defense Ron Paul and Obama are conjoined twins. Defend Israel? Heck no! Iran obtains nukes? No problem! Peace through strength? Nah, we’ll just talk nice to our existential enemies, then they won’t want to kill us! Ron Paul = Obama = perpetual apologies to the rest of the world = perpetual threats from terrorists, rogue regimes, and tin pot dictators.

Kathy Graven
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Kathy Graven

All this after effects is all set up by the CIA… because war mongrels have to have their fix…Americans are not falling for this again…

Anonymous
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Anonymous

RON POUL=OUT OF TOUCH, OTHER NATIONS AND COUNTRIES WON’T AGREE WITH HIM!! SAD, WHY HE WON’T GET IT! MITT ROMNEY FOR 2012! HE KNOW THE TRUE AMERICAN DREAM BECAUSE HE LIVES IT! GO MITT FOR 2012! IOWAN AREN’T STUPID TO PICK RON PAUL?

Anonymous
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Anonymous

Too bad Ron Paul can’t be made to see the nature of the world more clearly…..weakness always invites aggression..in the schoolyard..in the international world..all the same…bullies and aggressive thugs abound..they are always cowards..and cower in fear if they perceive strength…..
I’m think that Newt is the most qualified man for the job….sure he isn’t perfect..but he is a realist and a cool head in debates..and most likely in the face of crisis.

spammable
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spammable

Yes, that is why when I slap someone in the face, nothing bad ever happens in return they just peacefully leave me alone.

Whereas when I respect someone, let them deal with their own messes, and trade with them…they usually attack me.

Seriously…Ron Paul is the only candidate not in the pocket of foreign owned corps that add no value to society (looking at you financial sector); and therefore the only hope for the future of America.

Hale White
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Hale White

… and starting new wars and maintaining permanent presence in the Middle East WILL result in them “leaving us alone”??? That’s Bolton’s answer? What absurdity. Keeping the status quo foreign policy is exactly why we’re more vulnerable than ever. We’re in a financial crisis where the economy is the biggest threat to our national security, and we can’t touch the spending on foreign adventurism, militarism, and deployments? Bolton is a textbook neocon.

chris davis
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chris davis

I get pumped up listening to Bolton. Fantasy Land for me is endless war against these thugs so I’m in luck… Isreal is much better off with the UN and smart men like Bolton planning their policies for them. Plus war is great for the economy and generates alot of jobs… But did Bolton just say he was a pretty libertarian?

Scott Adams
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Scott Adams

Dick Morris: Ron Paul Is Absolutely the Most Liberal Radical Left-Wing Person to Run For President – 12/28/11

Ron Paul – Serial Fruitcake

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VAVM_IZolkA

Sheople Herder
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Sheople Herder

Tricky Dick.

Anonymous
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Anonymous

my foreign policy is simple. you piss us off, we keel you..
simple.
and I am not afraid to use all weapons at our disposal.
a POTUS should ONLY worry about protecting US interests and never give a damn about what any other country thinks.

Jess Alantar
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Jess Alantar
Jess Alantar
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Jess Alantar

Bolton is a Zionist (research it)

KenInMontana
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KenInMontana

Look out! The Z.O.G. stormtroopers will be paying you a visit.

Anonymous
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Anonymous

I agree with John Bolton….he would make a great Secretary of State.

Anonymous
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Anonymous

How ’bout Bolton for Secretary of State? He’s right about Ron Paul. I just haven’t figured out if Mr. Paul is from a planet in our solar system or one far, far away.

Dan
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Dan

both…he splits time in both systems and …they think he is a ding bat in the far far away and here in our system

David Schmidt
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David Schmidt

Lol, this Bolton guy is soooooo scared. Heaven forbid that these poverty stricken nations start a war with the US lol. Funny how no other country thinks this way, when was the last time that you saw China wet their pants simply because another country doesn’t like them. China has had a crazy North Korea, sitting a few hundred miles from their capital with 100’s of nuclear weapons and has figured out the way to not piss them off.

“the rest of the world is not going to leave us alone….” Funny statement from a man who is insisting that you guys should get involved in EVERYONE ELSE’S BUSINESS!!!

Wake up and look at the history books America, you cannot rule to world, no matter how much you want to!

Anonymous
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Anonymous

You sound like those european socialist that think our National Anthem is barbaric and overly war like. If the world would stop attacking us we would stop kicking their backsides. China PAYS NK to be their muckrakers. I’m sure that behind the scenes China has told them “F with us and we’ll crush you.

Are you related to Ron Paul? What little minded planet are you guys from?

Anonymous
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Anonymous

you’re using china and north korea as an example?
really?
really?

TRON2016
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TRON2016

Please, Good People of Iowa, VOTE ROGUE Next January 3, 2012 ….W­RITE- IN Sarah Palin….

Anonymous
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Anonymous

I would love for Sarah to run and win but there are an aweful lot of people suffering from Palin Derangement Syndrome. I don’t think she would beat Maobama in the general election because of PDS.

KenInMontana
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KenInMontana

I think you should respect her decision.

Anonymous
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Anonymous

Typical circular reasoning from a proponant of perpetual war and bloodshed.

Constance
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Constance

“That’s the president’s first duty. Defending the country.”
Funny how many Americans don’t seem to remember that very important issue. If they did, Ron Paul would not even be a blip on the radar screen, and rightly so.

Chris Taramelli
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Chris Taramelli

Wrong.

Anonymous
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Anonymous

Why is everyone surprised the RP has done well in Iowa?? Iowa has always been a libertarian state and even a pro-isolationist state at times. Lindbergh had travelled to Des Moines to give a speech pre-WWI about being an isolationist country and not getting involved in WWI. RP always polls well in Iowa however once the other states come into play he quickly fades.

Anonymous
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Anonymous

ST6 killed OBL isn’t a foreign policy. Love it.

ryanomaniac
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ryanomaniac

Bolton is correct. Paul has no interest in protecting our country. He has this pie in the sky idea that if you will just stay home and not walk home when you get off the bus the bullies will leave you alone. I wish things could be the way Paul thinks they should be. On paper it sounds nice but here on earth it can’t work.

Anonymous
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Anonymous

I agree. If only the world worked that way. Dr. Paul and his followers remind me of a verse in the Bible. Proverbs 14:12: There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way of death. Christians, of all people, should know better than to swallow this pollyannaish view of the world in which we live.

Anonymous
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Anonymous

Not sure if you read the story of PollyAnn or not. One little girl’s attitude set the example for the entire town and turned their bitter hearts around. It’s ok to be PollyAnn – she’s the hero in the story and in the end – she wins and is proven right.
Christians such as you and me would do well to seek the humbleness and meekness of PollyAnn and take a look in our hearts and question the constant drum beat of war which has costs so many thousands of American lives.

Anonymous
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Anonymous

You make my point all over again. Pollyanna is a fictional story – a fairytale. There is a place for humbleness and meekness – but not in the face of evil. Does a man stand by humbly and meekly if someone attacks his family? It is a fantasy to believe ‘leave them alone and they’ll leave us alone’. Evil does not need a reason to kill, steal and destroy.

Anonymous
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Anonymous

You are what you project onto others. I’m not in a position to know – and we have been lied to so many times by the government – I don’t trust them.

We need an honest principled man in THE office – someone I can trust – that will honestly assess the intelligence reports – make determinations based upon his oath of office and present them to the Congress to debate before just heading off to war.

It’s not a joke that we need to legalize the Constitution again.

Chris Taramelli
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Chris Taramelli

Looks like you just chose a candidate…. RP…

Anonymous
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Anonymous

You need to know that libertarians are not pacifists. Our founding fathers were very libertarian minded and they fought the British.

But, do you not see that we are trading our liberty for security?

Islam is dangerous, but the clear and present danger for American liberty is from the US government.

Al qaeda is not virtually strip searching grandma at the airport, taking her guns away in New Orleans and raw milk away in Pennsylvania.

The US government will convert any opportunity, any fear, into tyranny. Don’t let them!

kong1967
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kong1967

Too bad Bolton didn’t run. I have no idea what his domestic views are, but he definitely would be strong on foreign policy.

Anonymous
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Anonymous

The video loaded quickly.

I’d like Bolton in charge of refunding and thus dismantling the UN.

KenInMontana
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KenInMontana

They would just ignore the parking tickets, UN diplomats already owe NYC between 17 and 18 million in unpaid fines.

Anonymous
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Anonymous

Mr. Bolton, libertarians don’t expect other nations to just leave them alone – their own US government doesn’t even leave them alone.

Yes, we should deliver justice to those who infringe on life, liberty or property – foreign or domestic.

The question is do you or I have the right to “enforce our will on other nations” (or fellow Americans for that matter)?

Anonymous
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Anonymous

Its sad that so many americans are terrified of a bunch of poor people on the other side of the world. LOL “if we leave they will come and get us”. :/ I aint scared. You cowards should find a hole to hide in ill stick with my guns and Ron Paul..

kong1967
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kong1967

It’s a lot bigger than that. Europe is looking at falling to Islam because they are quickly becoming populated with Muslims that are demanding changes in their laws. This isn’t about protecting your house from the boogie man. When Islam gets a foothold in societies they go to work on pressuring the governments to give way to Sharia Law. They increase the pressure as they grow in number.

Trust me, you can have all the guns you want in your house and it’s not going to stop our government from caving in to Islamic pressure….and they won’t save your life.

American Duckie
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American Duckie

If you vote for Ron Paul, you’re gonna need your guns. BTW, I don’t see many cowards here.

Chris Taramelli
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Chris Taramelli

For the simple fact that it is our right to have them, every American should have one, before that right is stripped from us along with others.

Anonymous
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Anonymous

Amen, brother! smile

Troy La Mana
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Troy La Mana

If you are thinking of voting for Ron Paul, think again. The GOP Establishment doesn’t want someone that will do what they promise in the White House.

Anonymous
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Anonymous

Dr. Bolton – I have a couple questions for you.

If we were attacked by 19 people from Saudi Arabia on 9/11 – AND
Saudi Arabia has made it clear that in no uncertain terms – they are seeking the development of a nuclear weapon as a balance against Israel – AND
the regime in Saudi Arabia funds the Wahabi schools with funding generated by sales of oil to the US – AND
Why are we not going to bomb them next?

It seems like there is an inconsistency in your foreign policy sir – and we need it explained before you attack Ron Paul. You need a moral high ground for something like this to stick – and I’m willing to give it to you if you can present the case.

Nukeman60
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Nukeman60

“they are seeking the development of a nuclear weapon as a balance against Israel “- aPaulogist Since I doubt Mr. Bolton reads this site (he might, Scoop. I don’t know), I will respond, even though I don’t profess to answer for him. It seems they want nuclear weapons to counter Iran, according to this article: http://www.ibtimes.com/articles/262477/20111206/saudi-arabia-mulls-nuclear-weapons-iran-threat.htm If Iran had no desire or possibility of getting them, it seems clear Saudi Arabia would have no desire either. Plus, they haven’t stated they want to wipe Israel off the face of the map, as Iran has. Why would we want to attack Saudi Arabia? The 19 attackers were not at the behest of Saudi government. How do you know exactly where the money from the sale of oil to the US goes? Are we the only ones they sell to? There seems to be some inconsistencies in your question. Perhaps you should… Read more »

Troy La Mana
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Troy La Mana

They weren’t at the behest of the Afgan government either.

Nukeman60
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Nukeman60

Ya, but not my problem. I was responding to why we don’t attack Saudi Arabia. I’ll have to address Afganistan tomorrow, I guess.

kong1967
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kong1967

No, but the Taliban was harboring them and giving them a safe environment to plot their attacks.

Luke David Abers
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Luke David Abers

Bolton is a smart guy. Tough. Reminds me of Andrew Jackson. I do, however, disagree with him on the role of the U.S. in the world. We are not benefiting from these wars and our national security suffers from them.

Michael Burgess Black
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Michael Burgess Black

are you kidding me. China will start a war with us if we attack Iran. And they Have the Nukes to take out ALL of America. They would be playing Russian roulette with all of our lives.

Nukeman60
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Nukeman60

Sure. Blow up the guy that owes you ALL THAT MONEY. I know my creditors want me alive.

Chris Taramelli
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Chris Taramelli

Yes. Finally someone intelligent.

Chris Taramelli
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Chris Taramelli

China will not Nuke us. We help support their society. Its a huge poker game with bluffing by all players.

norman binkier
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norman binkier

all those who favor a person who wants to keep things as usual, wars, foriegn aid, and pre-emptive / interventional policies should realize that there is a good chance many of you posting here, will be, unwillingly, forced to strap on boots. who do you think is going to fight in iran, a country with the population of 78,000,000???

do you actually think ANY politicion will lead the charge physically? when the senate came out with the ndaa, and i believe he who shall not be named signed it, makes me believe it is time for all to take a good look at what is really happening here and affar.

for freedom, liberty and the true american way, forget the rest and vote for the best Dr Paul 2012

Nukeman60
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Nukeman60

It is my opinion that John Bolton, as Sec Of State, will do a far better job of keeping us out of war than Ron Paul, as President. Just MHO. (Carry a big stick and use it if you have to).

Sheople Herder
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Sheople Herder

I am glad you said MHO. Because at least I know you are honestly incorrect and not just trolling. People have less of a tendency to shoot at you and hate you when you don’t have an armed force in their country electing false presidents. But according to you we should spend ourselves into bankruptcy to support war for another country. Your a real patriot.

Nukeman60
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Nukeman60

People have less of a tendency to shoot at you and hate you when you don’t have an armed force in their country” – Sheople

Ya, I saw that in Nigeria on Christmas. Did you? My humble opinion is different than your opinion. Doesn’t, naturally, make you right and me wrong. One wonders who the real trolls are.

KenInMontana
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KenInMontana

You’ve proven yourself capable of nothing more sophisticated than tag-team hyperbole. Time for you and your teammates to go back to the children’s table.

Anne Beckett
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Anne Beckett

Bolton is a war-mongering FOOL.
Sorry, guys, but after 36 years of voting, and a couple-dozen years of nothing but garbage in the highest office, I AM voting Ron Paul. I’ve simply had my fill, and the only SMART things is this; vote FOR Ron Paul for Rep nonimee, as he’s the ONLY person who will garner the votes necessary to take out Obama.
As far as I’m concerned, anything else is just dangerous– and STUPID.

Nukeman60
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Nukeman60

Good for you. Vote your heart. But it just amazes me that two different factions can look at the same situation from two totally opposite directions and come to the same conclusion -stupid. (!?!)

James Zurawski
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James Zurawski

Oh, Bolten the fear mongering is over too.

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