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A Foreign Policy of Freedom: Peace, Commerce, and Honest Friendship Paperback – June 15, 2007
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Dr. Paul repeatedly warns the Congress of the flaws of military interventionism and the consequences America will face if we are to continue our role as the world's policeman. He reminds us that only Congress has the Constitutional authority to declare war and that its failure to retain this power has caused numerous no-win wars since the Korean Conflict. It is this flagrant abuse of the Constitution, among others, which has caused the erosion of civil liberties at home, unnecessary American and foreign casualties, an outstanding and ever-increasing national debt, and loss of America's historical moral high ground and admiration of other nations.
I highly recommend this book to anyone looking for a better understanding as to the ramifications of America's foreign interventionism.
After 9/11, I supported the current administration's War on Terror. I believed terrorists attacked us because of both our freedom for women and prosperity. I fully supported the bombing of thousands of people and the spreading of American-style democracy overseas to people, whom upon closer inspection, clearly didn't want it. I am ashamed.
The administration knew the button to push: Fear. How could I have been so lazy as to not thoroughly research foreign policy. If I had, I would have been able to read between the lies. I would have known that inciting "Fear" in the American people to fight a war on "Extreme Fear" (terror) made no sense whatsoever. Instead, in exchange for revenge, I lost a piece of my soul.
Ron Paul opened my eyes. I had planned to vote for "America's Mayor" Rudolph Giuliani in 2008. Now I'm voting for Ron Paul.
READ THIS BOOK!!!
The more I look into Ron Paul the more I am seeing what a historical character he is. This book is essentially a collection of statements that he has made before the house since 1976. He has been courageously speaking before the house since the beginning. But this book offers a depth into the man that goes beyond his speeches, one is able to see the far reaching foresight Dr Paul has through these statements that he has made with many predictions specifically on the war in Iraq coming true. Also he goes more into the history and philosophy of the neo-cons which by itself is worth the reading.
Contrary to what is commonly believed, foreign entanglements - as opposed to wars - are not formulas for security but recipes for disaster. It is almost inevitable that we, the only super power, will be drawn into a conflict given the creeping tide of intervention. It should be remembered that in 2000, Bush ran as a NON-interventionist, scorning nation building and meddling. Oh how times have changed though I'll admit these have been tumultuous times. The idea of an American Empire requires on-going intervention at some part of the world and the attitude that we are the world's nanny. For some reason, we still pay billions to defend Europe, Japan, Taiwan, Israel, Egypt, Korea and the Saudis.
A look 10 years in the future will see a waning Mideast as alternative energies become commonplace. It is NOT true (as is pointed out) that "they" have always "hated us". In fact, they love America - our food, clothes, movies, music, speech and science. Until recently the US was popular with the masses, the heaven on Earth to which they aspired. Paul outlines philosophical reasons for opposing unrestricted intervention, reaching back to the Founding Fathers and their intentions. He also reminds us of our desperate financial situation and the cost of being Big Brother.Read more ›
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an excellent addition to my library, i plan to follow up and get more of his works and titles. excellent author, great content and physically the book is of great quality.Published 8 days ago by Robert
Really good book that details policies of freedom n prosperity.Published 4 months ago by A. noni. Mouse