web analytics
July 22, 2014 / 24 Tammuz, 5774
Israel at War: Operation Protective Edge
 
 
At a Glance

Posts Tagged ‘Ron Paul’

Ron Paul Making Sense on Syria – Now We’re Really Done For

Monday, June 24th, 2013

I’m not arguing with all the true facts being raised by Congressman Ron Paul – of course he’s right. Every single thing he’s saying makes perfect sense and should be paid attention to by our policymakers – and that’s the source of my despair. Because no one ever listens to Ron Paul.

What’s the point in upper class idiots like John Kerry repeating all the worst mistakes that upper class idiots like GW Bush have committed in the same region – just so Ron Paul would be proven right once again? It’s almost as if by opening his mouth and speaking the truth, he’s making it impossible for anyone in government to act rationally any more. After all, who wants to come across sounding like Ron Paul?

But he’s right, alas, and he opened his mouth and now the U.S. is setting up training camps for the new mujahideen, just like good ol’ Ronny Reagan did in Afghanistan, and the countdown has already started to the moment these nice gentlemen with the head scarves will turn and bite the hand that trained them.

And it’s all because Ron Paul couldn’t keep his mouth shut and let someone classier, like, say, Barbra Streisand, or Michael Moore make his point for him, so it would carry some real weight with this Administration.

I wouldn’t have given a hoot if the whole thing weren’t so bloody close to my house.


Romney Expresses Support for Israel in New Hampshire Primary Victory Speech

Wednesday, January 11th, 2012

After notching a win in the first Republican presidential primary of the campaign season, Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney gave a speech in which he reiterated his steadfast support for Israel and assailed President Obama for being a “failed” leader.

In his only reference to foreign policy, Romney stated that Obama “criticizes our friends like Israel. I will always stand with our friends.”

Romney won a decisive victory, fifteen percentage points ahead of the nearest challenger, Ron Paul.

Ron Paul, Israel, And The Other GOP Candidates

Thursday, December 29th, 2011

It was only two weeks ago that, except for Congressman Ron Paul, the aspirants for the Republican presidential nomination were falling all over themselves in expressing undying support for Israel and its right to choose how it would pursue its own destiny. This week confirmation – if any were needed – surfaced about Mr. Paul’s virulently negative views on Israel. Yet as of now he has not been confronted on this by his fellow candidates.

Eric Ondero, who served for several years as a senior aide to Mr. Paul, denied the congressman is anti-Semitic but disclosed that he is indeed a rather militant opponent of Israel who “wishes the Israeli state did not exist at all.” (See more on Mr. Paul in Media Monitor, page 13.)

Newt Gingrich, Mitt Romney, Michele Bachmann and Rick Santorum feel it’s important to let voters know how much they support Israel. So shouldn’t they be calling out Ron Paul on his hostility to America’s closest ally in the Middle East?

Temporary Respite?

Thursday, December 29th, 2011

Many of us are actually quite satisfied that U.S. efforts at securing a peace treaty between Israel and the Palestinians seem to have been put on hold these past few months. Doubtless the upcoming presidential election and the uncertainties of the so-called Arab Spring made serious administration pressure on Israel impractical. Indeed, we were not all that surprised by a recent speech given by Israeli Vice Prime Minister Moshe Ya’alon indicating that Israel had persuaded President Obama to change his strategy from trying to solve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict to merely managing it.

In his speech, delivered at the Orthodox Union’s Israel Center in Jerusalem, Ya’alon mocked the international community for what he called its “solutionism” and “nowism” in its attempt to solve a conflict that cannot currently be solved.

But we are also mindful that the U.S. and the Quartet are on record with their goal of solving the conflict by the end of 2012. And some developments this past week suggest that things continue to percolate under the radar.

For one thing, it appears Fatah and Hamas are finally poised to unite. There was the announcement the other day of an impending mutual release of prisoners and joint planning sessions. Significantly, while this kind of news has usually prompted a sharp reminder from the U.S. about Hamas being a terrorist group, this time there was silence.

In addition, the Islamist parties continue to rack up heavy electoral victories in the Egyptian parliamentary elections. When the final results are in, there can be little doubt Israel will be facing an extremely hostile neighbor and the U.S. will begin advising Jerusalem it has no choice but to placate the new powers-that-be in Cairo. The same will be true for Turkey, which every day seems to become more anti-Israel, more anti-West and more ascendant in the leadership of the Muslim world. And of course Iran will present its own challenges, particularly after the presidential election. So while there is a temporary respite from the sense of urgency that earlier characterized President Obama’s frenetic efforts in the Middle East, we fear that once the distractions pass, he will, if reelected, return with a vengeance to his earlier insistence on Israel accommodating its implacable enemies.

Ron Paul, Israel, And The Other GOP Candidates
It was only two weeks ago that, except for Congressman Ron Paul, the aspirants for the Republican presidential nomination were falling all over themselves in expressing undying support for Israel and its right to choose how it would pursue its own destiny. This week confirmation – if any were needed – surfaced about Mr. Paul’s virulently negative views on Israel. Yet as of now he has not been confronted on this by his fellow candidates.
Eric Ondero, who served for several years as a senior aide to Mr. Paul, denied the congressman is anti-Semitic but disclosed that he is indeed a rather militant opponent of Israel who “wishes the Israeli state did not exist at all.” (See more on Mr. Paul in Media Monitor, page 13.)
Newt Gingrich, Mitt Romney, Michele Bachmann and Rick Santorum feel it’s important to let voters know how much they support Israel. So shouldn’t they be calling out Ron Paul on his hostility to America’s closest ally in the Middle East?

Cracker Barrel – Or Crackpot?

Wednesday, December 28th, 2011

Why have the media for the most part been so reluctant to expose the long documented fringe positions – including a clear and deep animus toward Israel – articulated by Texas congressman and presidential candidate Ron Paul?

Why have journalists whose greatest pleasure consists of waxing indignant over any misstep or misstatement, real or perceived, by Republican politicians not been particularly eager to examine the racially charged statements – example: “Order was only restored in L.A. [following the Rodney King-inspired riots] when it came time for the blacks to pick up their welfare checks” – usually written in the first person in newsletters bearing Paul’s name in the 1980s and 1990s? (He now says he did not edit those publications and has claimed “moral responsibility for not paying closer attention to what went out under my name.”)

One theory is that many reporters kind of like the idea of having Paul around as a stick with which to hit the other Republican candidates, all of whom differ with Paul on most major issues. There has been a tendency to portray Paul as something of a principled eccentric, a wizened cracker barrel philosopher unafraid of bucking GOP orthodoxy, hence the disinclination to discredit him, either at present or when he ran for president four years ago.

When Paul mounted a run for the 2008 Republican presidential nomination, James Kirchick wrote a disturbing expose of the man and his views for The New Republic. As Kirchick noted, there were those in the media who were all too eager to make a case for Paul’s alleged down-home integrity, all too often without bothering to mention any of his far from mainstream views.

(The conservative writer Christopher Caldwell described Paul as a “formidable stander on constitutional principle” while ABC’s Jake Tapper called him “the one true straight-talker in this race.”)

Kirchick’s article made something of a ripple among political junkies but really didn’t have much of an impact on the wider public; besides, outside of his relatively small but extremely devoted following, Paul in 2008 was never taken seriously as a candidate.

Four years later, with a wildly fragmented party and a collection of mostly unimpressive presidential wannabes, none of whom has failed to spark more than a passing infatuation among the GOP rank and file, Paul finds himself counted among the top tier of candidates in some of the early primary states.

However, writes Kirchick in a follow-up piece on Paul in the current issue of The Weekly Standard, not much has changed when it comes to Paul’s seeming embrace of conspiracy scenarios or his disdain for Israel:

Paul has gone right on appearing regularly on the radio program of Alex Jones, the most popular conspiracy theorist in America (unless that distinction belongs to Paul himself). To understand Jones’s paranoid worldview, it helps to watch a recent documentary he produced, Endgame: Blueprint for Global Enslavement, which reveals the secret plot of George Pataki, David Rockefeller, and Queen Beatrix, among other luminaries, to exterminate humanity and transform themselves into “superhuman” computer hybrids able to “travel throughout the cosmos.”

….In a March 2009 interview, Paul entertained Jones’s claim that NORTHCOM, the U.S. military’s combatant command for North America, is “taking over” the country. “The average member of Congress probably isn’t a participant in the grand conspiracy,” Paul reassured the fevered host, essentially acknowledging that such a conspiracy exists….
Likewise, Paul’s insistence that America should be a “friend” of Israel is belied by public statements like one from a November 22 GOP debate: “Why do we have this automatic commitment that we’re going to send our kids and send our money endlessly to Israel?”

Eric Dondero, a former Paul congessional and campaign aide, insists that Paul is not anti-Semitic, but acknowledges that he “is, however, most certainly anti-Israel.” In a widely circulated blog post this week, Dondero writes that Paul “wishes the Israeli state did not exist at all. He expressed this to me numerous times in our private conversations…. He sides with the Palestinians, and supports their calls for the abolishment of the Jewish state….”

Former Aide: Ron Paul “Calls for Abolishment of Jewish State”

Tuesday, December 27th, 2011

Republican US presidential candidate Congressman Ron Paul will have to answer to pro-Israel supporters following a blog post by a former senior aide stating Paul wishes Israel “did not exist”.

Posting on the “Right Wing News” blog, former campaign coordinator and national organizer for Paul Eric Dondero wrote that he “never heard a racist word expressed towards Blacks or Jews come out of [Paul’s] mouth,” and never heard him say anything “that could be called ‘anti-Semite’”.

However, Dondero stated that he is certain Paul wishes Israel would disappear.

“[Paul] is most certainly Anti-Israel, and Anti-Israeli in general,” Dondero wrote.  “He wishes the Israeli state did not exist at all…. his view is that Israel is more trouble than it is worth…. he sides with the Palestinians, and supports their calls for the abolishment of the Jewish state and the return of Israel, all of it, to the Arabs.”

Dondero related a story about a meeting between Paul and the Houston Jewish Young Republicans in which Paul chastised the group for supporting Israel.  “He berated them, and even shouted at one point, over their un-flinching support for Israel.  So much so that the 6 of them walked out of the office,” Dondero said.  “I was left chasing them down the hallway apologizing for my boss.”

Paul’s feelings about Israel are not related to his feelings about American Jews, according to Dondero.  “Again, American Jews, Ron Paul has no problem with,” Dondero said.  “In fact, there were a few Jews in our congressional district, and Ron befriended them with the specific intent of winning their support for our campaign.”

Paul’s spokesman, Jesse Benton, responded to the blog post by telling CBS Political Hotsheet that Dondero is a “disgruntled former staffer who was fired for performance issues,” who has “zero credibility”.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/former-aide-ron-paul-calls-for-abolishment-of-jewish-state/2011/12/27/

Scan this QR code to visit this page online: