Ron Paul’s opponents occupy the fringes on foreign policy and national defense

USA Daily | November 18, 2007
Larry Fester

Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul who is starting to look like he may be the eventual GOP nominee, is finding opposition among the fringes of the political spectrum.

Ron Paul, a military non interventionist, is finding that his Jeffersonian message of peaceful relations and commerce with all nations and the avoidance of entangling alliances’ is getting attacked by the fringe element that possesses leadership of both parties.

Some of the critics of Paul’s foreign policy haven’t even ruled out a preemptive tactical nuclear strike against Iran. Paul said to USA Daily, “I believe we can restore such cooperation with Iran through diplomacy, trade, and travel, rather than threatening a nuclear strike.”

Paul continued, “We need to re-open the doors to diplomacy with Iran, by removing sanctions and actually talking with them—as we did with the Soviet Union during the Cold War. President Reagan was “the Great Communicator,” and we need to hearken back to his policy of communication to prevent war with Iran or any other country that seeks to obtain nuclear weapons.”

One of Ron Paul’s chief rivals, Rudy Giuliani, said that he wanted to get tough with Russia and expand NATO into Eastern Europe, Australia, and Japan.

Ron Paul commented to USA Daily that “Our foreign policy seems to be focused on provoking Russia rather than seeking friendly and mutually-beneficial relations. The United States has troops stationed in a ring around Russia and regularly interferes in the internal affairs of the new states of the former Soviet Union.”

Ron Paul then went on to say, “There is no reason for a “new Cold War” with Russia, and the foreign policy I intend to pursue as president – peaceful relations, engagement, and trade – will greatly improve US/Russia relations.”

Full article here.

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