I took this from Paul’s site:
War and Foreign Policy
The war in Iraq was sold to us with false information. The area is more dangerous now than when we entered it. We destroyed a regime hated by our direct enemies, the jihadists, and created thousands of new recruits for them. This war has cost more than 3,000 American lives, thousands of seriously wounded, and hundreds of billions of dollars. We must have new leadership in the White House to ensure this never happens again.
Both Jefferson and Washington warned us about entangling ourselves in the affairs of other nations. Today, we have troops in 130 countries. We are spread so thin that we have too few troops defending America. And now, there are new calls for a draft of our young men and women.
We can continue to fund and fight no-win police actions around the globe, or we can refocus on securing America and bring the troops home. No war should ever be fought without a declaration of war voted upon by the Congress, as required by the Constitution.
Under no circumstances should the U.S. again go to war as the result of a resolution that comes from an unelected, foreign body, such as the United Nations.
I could agree with him had it not been for September 11th, 2001. I’m not playing that card just to make my point but I do believe that Jefferson and Washington lived in a different time. While I respect their opinions and would generally agree with them, there are certain circumstances which require the United States to intervene overseas.
I will agree that in Iraq, the Bush administration wasn’t as aggressive as it should have been. We have a Navy and Air Force which should see some more use. I also agree with him that there should be a formal declaration of war.
However, I cannot agree with this:
The war in Iraq was sold to us with false information. The area is more dangerous now than when we entered it. We destroyed a regime hated by our direct enemies, the jihadists, and created thousands of new recruits for them.
The area was never any less dangerous. Furthermore, we had 3,000 innocent people murdered way before there was an Iraq war. Absolutely any action we take in response to terrorism is going to create new recruits in some fashion, you can’t use that as an excuse to do nothing as Paul seems to be proposing.
I would like to find Paul’s stance on Afghanistan, perhaps someone can comment and enlighten me. I have emailed the campaign today for an official response and will post and comment if I receive one.
Update 5/23 @ 7:18pm:
I received this response from Paul’s campaign:
Congressman Paul supported the authorization of force in Afghanistan after 9/11.
Thank you for your interest,
Ron Paul 2008
So let me ask this question. What about the recruits who joined the cause of radical Islam because of our presence in Afghanistan? Shouldn’t that be an equal excuse for exit from that arena?