[Rushtalk] George Will on Why Ron Paul is Right About Foreign Policy and RINO Mitt Romney is Wrong

Steven Laib stevenlaib at sbcglobal.net
Wed Aug 19 06:54:26 MDT 2015

The problem is that if we weren't spending horrendous amounts of money 
on social welfare then the budget would not be anywhere near as troubled 
by the military spending.
IMO, Military spending is constitutionally mandated.  Social welfare is 
not and may not even be permitted.

Just my two cents.


On 8/17/15 11:00 PM, Carl Spitzer wrote:
> *George Will on Why Ron Paul is Right About Foreign Policy and Mitt 
> Romney is Wrong*
> /Writes/George Will:
> Few things so embitter a nation as squandered valor, hence Americans, 
> with much valor spent there, want Iraq to master its fissures. But 
> with America in the second decade of its longest war, the probable 
> Republican nominee is promising to extend it indefinitely.
> Mitt Romney opposes negotiations with the Taliban while they “are 
> killing our soldiers.” Which means: No negotiations until the war 
> ends, when there will be nothing about which to negotiate…
> *The U.S. defense budget is about 43% of the world’s total military 
> spending ­ more than the combined defense spending of the next 17 
> nations*, many of which are U.S. allies. *Are Republicans really going 
> to warn voters that America will be imperiled if the defense budget is 
> cut 8% from projections over the next decade? In 2017, defense 
> spending would still be more than that of the next 10 countries.*
> *Do Republicans think it is premature to withdraw up to 7,000 troops 
> from Europe two decades after the Soviet Union’s death?*About 73,000 
> will remain, most of them in prosperous, pacific, largely unarmed and 
> utterly unthreatened Germany. Why do so many remain?
> *Since 2001, the United States has waged war in three nations, and 
> some Republicans appear ready to bring the total to five, adding Iran 
> and Syria.*(/The Weekly Standard/, of neoconservative bent, regrets 
> that Obama “is reluctant to intervene to oust Iran’s closest ally, 
> Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.”) *GOP critics say Obama’s proposed 
> defense cuts will limit America’s ability to engage in troop-intensive 
> nation-building. Most Americans probably say: Good…*
> Romney says: “It is unacceptable for Iran to have a nuclear weapon…” 
> (Leon) Panetta says Iran acquiring nuclear weapons is “unacceptable” 
> and “a red line for us” and if “we get intelligence that they are 
> proceeding with developing a nuclear weapon, then we will take 
> whatever steps necessary to stop it.”
> *What, then, is the difference between Romney and Obama regarding Iran?*
> *Osama bin Laden and many other “high-value targets” are dead, the 
> drone war is being waged more vigorously than ever, and Guantanamo is 
> still open,*so Republicans can hardly say Obama has implemented 
> dramatic and dangerous discontinuities regarding counterterrorism. 
> Obama says that even with his proposed cuts, the defense budget would 
> increase at about the rate of inflation through the next decade.
> *Republicans who think America is being endangered by “appeasement” 
> and military parsimony have worked that pedal on their organ quite 
> enough.*
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