A False Dichotomy

Ron Paul writes in a new Op-Ed for the Washington Times about the false choice presented by those who claim that we must “fight them over there or we’ll be fighting them over here.”  It is an illusion, he argues, to claim that our only two options are “interventionism and vulnerability.”

On the contrary, the United States have a great tradition of pro-American foreign policy: noninterventionism.  Paul explains that this is historically a conservative stance despite the GOP’s more recent departure to forgeign relations which largely consist of going “abroad looking for dragons to slay”:

Generations of conservatives followed the great advice of our Founding Fathers and pursued a restrained foreign policy that rebuffed entangling alliances…

Sen. Robert Taft, the stalwart of the Old Right, urged America to stay out of NATO. Dwight Eisenhower was elected on a platform promising to get us out of the conflict in Korea. Richard Nixon promised to end the war in Vietnam.

Republicans were highly critical of Bill Clinton for his adventurism in Somalia and Kosovo. As recently as 2000, George W. Bush campaigned on a “humbler” foreign policy and decried nation-building.

Instead of diverging so sharply (and expensively) as we have done in recent years, Paul suggests we return to a practical, moral, friendly, and responsible policy of intervention.

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