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Ron Paul Wants us to Befriend our Enemies

Posted by FactReal on January 14, 2012

On November 06, 2011, Ron Paul was asked by Chris Wallace of Fox News Sunday about Iran’s nuclear threat:

WALLACE: So, how are we going to persuade them [the Iranian govt.] not to pursue a nuclear weapon?

PAUL: Well, maybe offering friendship to them.

Befriend those who want to kill us? Has Ron Paul forgotten how reporter Daniel Pearl was decapitated by Islamic terrorists while trying to do his job?

Reporter Daniel Pearl, 38, was beheaded and mulilated by Islamic terrorists in 2002. In 2007, KSM (Khalid Sheik Mohammed), the self-described mastermind of the 9/11 attacks, confessed killing Pearl.

Via The American Spectator:
If President Obama deals with world leaders by bowing to them, President Paul might very well fall to his knees. If President Obama’s foreign policy legacy is one of apology, then President Paul’s foreign policy legacy would be one of submission. Whether Ron Paul likes it or not, the United States is the most powerful nation in the world and he would be foolish to accelerate President Obama’s policy of frittering it away.

Ron Paul and President Obama actually possess a great deal in common in foreign policy especially where it concerns Iran. [In November 2011], during an appearance on Fox News Sunday, Chris Wallace asked Paul how he would persuade Iran not to build a nuclear weapon. He replied, “Well, maybe offering friendship to them. I mean, didn’t we talk to the Soviets, didn’t we talk to the Chinese?” […]

What both Obama failed to recognize then and what Paul fails to recognize now is that President Reagan talked with Mikhail Gorbachev, not with Leonid Brezhnev, Yuri Andropov, or Konstantin Chernenko. Gorbachev was a genuine reformer who brought about glasnost and perestroika. It gave Reagan an opening and he seized it. There is no such opening in Islamic Republic of Iran. The last thing Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and the Mullahs want for Iran are openness and restructuring.

As for extending a hand of friendship to Iran, I’m not sure what makes Paul think that Iran would welcome his overtures any more than it did Obama’s. Remember hot dog diplomacy? Back in June 2009, the Obama Administration made an ill-advised attempt for U.S. embassies to invite Iranian diplomats for Fourth of July celebrations. Of course, these invitations were extended prior to the Iranian “elections,” which resulted in massive bloodshed and violence when Iran’s populace disputed the results.

Of course, it also helped that Reagan ordered a massive military buildup and did everything he could to bring down the Soviet Union.

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