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Saturday, May 26, 2007


Bill Maher, Ron Paul, and why the U.S. is targeting Iran

I just finished watched a YouTube clip of Ron Paul talking with Bill Maher. Since they're both libertarians, they get along famously, and happily agree that "Islamic fundamentalists" are targeting the U.S. because of U.S. foreign policy. But curiously missing from the 8-minute-long discussion is the slightest mention of why U.S. foreign policy is what it is. Maher wants to know "why is America so dumb?" Paul seems to object more to the fact that U.S. foreign policy has "blowback" than to the policy itself. But why did the U.S. invade Iraq? Why does the U.S. want to attack Iran? No clue in this discussion. Kind of like starting a discussion on "where babies come from" with a discussion of the embryo, without mentioning how the embryo was created.

Paul, in fact, is a complete hypocrite. He makes a strong statement in this discussion, and on his website, that the U.S. should "stay out of the internal affairs of other nations." That's great, except on his website you'll find him touting the fact that he voted "yes" on keeping the Cuba travel ban until alleged political prisoners in Cuba are released. Apparently he's a little hazy on that "staying out of the internal affairs of other nations" principle.

Why is the U.S. targeting Iran? I won't even attempt to summarize it, but I highly recommend an article in the latest issue of Workers World by Sara Flounders which discusses that question in detail, exploring the course of developments in Iran since the 1979 Iranian Revolution. And while I'm recommending articles, another article from that same issue, entitled "The real reason Wolfowitz is under fire," outlines the role of the World Bank in implementing U.S. foreign policy, and has lots of good information.

Ron Paul, who makes a big point of how he has assigned a reading list to Rudy Giuliani, should read both articles. He might learn something.

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