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    Re: Ron Paul vs Barack Obama

    Quote Originally Posted by bhkad View Post
    BARACK OBAMA. I detest Ron Paul's foreign policy more than I detest Obama's.
    Why would you even detest Obama's foreign policy in the first place? He's continuing everything Bush did. Conservatives should like the guy.
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    Re: Ron Paul vs Barack Obama

    Quote Originally Posted by Goldenboy219 View Post
    You sympathize with nation building. How...... Neoconservative of you.
    This is an asanine comment and the type of haughty, over simplication, know it all type answer that in part helped turn some off from Ron Paul.

    Things about Paul's foreign policy that could turn people off OTHER than no nation building:

    Lack of support for Israel which is a strong ally in the middle east (being supportive of an Ally is not “nation building”)

    Closing dozens of Military Bases around the world (having military bases in other countries is not “nation building”)

    Previously, wishing an immediate pull out from Iraq (One could disagree with being over there while dealing with the reality that like it or not we DID, and thus believe we need to take action based on the situation on the ground and the reality we face rather than a principle that address what we SHOULD’VE done but doesn’t take the reality of the present into account. Not “nation building”)

    Believing the War on Terror can be performed through Letters of Marque and covert action rather than military action (believing the need for military action in this does not equate to supporting “nation building”)

    Believing that temporary security measures, or modernizing of our security law, are unneeded and should be removed (this has nothing to do with “nation building”)

    Off the top of my head those are just a handful of potential Foreign Policy related stances and views of Ron Paul that could cause people to not agree with him that have zero or next to nothing to do with “nation building”.

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    Re: Ron Paul vs Barack Obama

    Quote Originally Posted by Phantom View Post
    Why would you even detest Obama's foreign policy in the first place? He's continuing everything Bush did. Conservatives should like the guy.
    Not entirely true. He's continuing SOME of Bush's things.

    He's waffling on Gitmo, pseudo closing but not.

    His stance and tact with Israel is FAR different than Bush's.

    He's taken a far more apologetic and "we are wrong" stance of Foreign relations with other countries.

    The length of time to make a decision concerning Afghanistan was hardly something one could attribute to being "George Bush"-esque when you take into account the Left and the Media's "cowboy" presentation of him.

    Those off the top of my head.

    In many ways, yes, Obama has followed Bush's lead. He's continuing in Afghanistan, he's following Bush's general outline for draw down in Iraq, he's maintained some of the security measures and actions of the Bush admin, etc.

    However it would be a great stretch to say he's continuing everything from the Bush Administration when it comes to foreign policy.

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    Re: Ron Paul vs Barack Obama

    I'm confused, man there both the best anyways.lol
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    Re: Ron Paul vs Barack Obama

    Ron Paul, I like his foreign policy which I think is incredibly mature and reasonable.
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    Re: Ron Paul vs Barack Obama

    Quote Originally Posted by bhkad View Post
    BARACK OBAMA. I detest Ron Paul's foreign policy more than I detest Obama's.
    I agree. While one can object to a full-fledged neoconservative foreign policy, Congressman Paul's foreign policy would amount to abdication. Under Ron Paul, the nation would literally abandon its critical overseas interests and allies under the simplistic idea that the nation's foreign policy challenges are the result of blowback (forgetting that other factors such as the balance of power, ideology, clashing interests, geopolitical trends, etc., all play a key role in shaping the nation's foreign policy environment). As a result of abdication, Iran would gain a free hand to dominate the Persian Gulf region and gain the ability to place a chokehold on a major share of the world's oil supplies, and pre-WW II Asian rivalries could reassert themselves in the context of a rising China, aging Japan, and power vacuum created in East Asia from a U.S. withdrawal. The resulting geopolitical environment would be less stable and more threatening to U.S. interests and allies. Just as had been the case in the run-up to WW II, "non-interventionism" would not buy the U.S. security even as it could give would-be aggressors license to assert themselves at the expense of abandoned U.S. interests and allies.
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    Re: Ron Paul vs Barack Obama

    Quote Originally Posted by Zyphlin View Post
    Not entirely true. He's continuing SOME of Bush's things.

    He's waffling on Gitmo, pseudo closing but not.

    His stance and tact with Israel is FAR different than Bush's.

    He's taken a far more apologetic and "we are wrong" stance of Foreign relations with other countries.

    The length of time to make a decision concerning Afghanistan was hardly something one could attribute to being "George Bush"-esque when you take into account the Left and the Media's "cowboy" presentation of him.

    Those off the top of my head.

    In many ways, yes, Obama has followed Bush's lead. He's continuing in Afghanistan, he's following Bush's general outline for draw down in Iraq, he's maintained some of the security measures and actions of the Bush admin, etc.

    However it would be a great stretch to say he's continuing everything from the Bush Administration when it comes to foreign policy.
    Most of the things you have pointed out in your post are things Obama said he was going to do. Yes he said he was going to close gitmo, but this obviously isn't going to happen. Yes he also takes the apologetic "we are wrong" stance but he isn't doing anything to reverse our mistakes. You're right, he took some time before he sent more troops to Afghanistan, but the point is he did it. At the end of the day it's not about what he says or how long it takes him to do something - It's about what he does.
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    Re: Ron Paul vs Barack Obama

    Quote Originally Posted by Ikari View Post
    Ron Paul, I like his foreign policy which I think is incredibly mature and reasonable.
    Ron Paul wants us to remove ourselves from the UN AND follow international law. No. He's a completely dishonest individual or just plain simplistic. Countries who are members of the UN refuse to follow international law all the time. What exactly is compelling us to follow international law once we're no longer members of the UN? Furthermore with his position on foreign aid is a complete f'n joke. The US doesn't produce anything other than weapons in large enough numbers for us not to have binding treaties. Unless we plan on trading every import we get for weapons - which I doubt - we need the majority of those treaties.
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    Re: Ron Paul vs Barack Obama

    Ron Paul is a candidate for children and the maladjusted. He is a rigid ideologue without a practical streak at all, and deserves to be nothing more than a small footnote in the history of American politics -- a curio spit out by the vagaries of the political process whose five minutes of fame should have ended months ago.


    Oh, and I might add that I don't particularly care for him.
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    Re: Ron Paul vs Barack Obama

    Quote Originally Posted by upsideguy View Post
    The War in Iraq is winding down. He never pledged to repeal the Patriot Act, so you can't count that against (though I agree with you that it was an outrage); he is behind schedule on Guantanamo, but I do believe he is committed to getting rid of it.
    You may make the argument that the war is winding down but the fact of the matter is that we're still there and don't need to be. That was one of the things he promised, To remove all combat troops immediately, Not take a fraction of them out only so more can be restructured in Afghanistan. Also the major problem with him dragging through the process of closing Guantanamo Bay is that what happens if he doesn't get it accomplished during his first term and loses in 2012 and the next president decides to keep the prison open? That's going to be a failure on his part for not acting fast enough on closing the prison.

    Quote Originally Posted by upsideguy View Post
    He did get a new liberal justice appointed; passed health care (as watered down as it was, at least it is a bill that no other Prez could get and a big step in the right direction); he will get Wall Street reform (probably also watered down); he presided over one of the worst financial crises in US history and has generally pulled America through; he has knocked off something on the order of 15 out of the 22 Al Qaeda most wanted without starting another war to do so.... I think he is actually getting things done.
    Though it may be a step in the right direction on health care for the fact that he got a bill passed, It's still far from what is needed to fix the problems within the system. The whole strategy to give up on the public option in the name of "bipartisanship" is going to blow up in his face because not only did it recieve 0 Republican votes after all he did to try and gain their support, It's also does nothing to bring down the costs for the lack of competition with the insurance companies and that hurts him politically and hurts us financially. The financial reform bill does little to nothing to reform Wall Street to prevent another crash in our economy. It may be a tad bit more oversight but there's nothing in the bill that's going to break up the big banks or stop the banks from gambling with our money. As it stands now we're going to have another crisis and they're going to end up getting bailed out once again. This is something we need to put an end to once and for all. A watered down bill isn't good enough.
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