The McClatchy Washington Bureau insists Ron Paul’s recent article blaming the United States for the current situation in Ukraine is radical and spells trouble for his son.
“Normally the Texas Straight Talk column deals with libertarian issues such as Paul’s longstanding criticism of the Federal Reserve. But Sunday’s piece on the Ukraine, ostensibly about why the United States should stay out of the affairs of others, may prove problematic for his son, Kentucky Republican Sen. Rand Paul,” writes Kevin G. Hall.
Mr. Hall’s remark reveals a surprising ignorance of libertarianism. The political philosophy emphasizes building positive relationships based of free trade and mutual consent and avoids negative relationships predicated on military interventionism and violence.
McClatchy is merely following the establishment script calling for an aggressive and warlike attitude toward Russia. Not mentioned is the fact this interventionist policy is opposed by the American people who are more in line with Ron Paul and the libertarians.
Last December Pew Research found a large and growing number of Americans opposed U.S. military intervention. A majority believes the U.S. should “mind its own business internationally” and pay more attention to problems at home.
“The public’s skepticism about U.S. international engagement – evident in America’s Place in the World surveys four and eight years ago – has increased,” the poll found. “Currently, 52% say the United States ‘should mind its own business internationally and let other countries get along the best they can on their own.’ Just 38% disagree with the statement. This is the most lopsided balance in favor of the U.S. “minding its own business” in the nearly 50-year history of the measure.”
More recently a Politico survey revealed most Americans do not approve of United States intervention abroad. “Amid deepening violence across Eastern Europe and the Middle East, Americans are recoiling from direct engagement overseas and oppose U.S. involvement in Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria and Ukraine by large margins, according to a POLITICO poll of 2014 battleground voters,” Alexander Burns writes.
“Asked whether the U.S should do more to counter Russian aggression in Ukraine, just 17 percent answered in the affirmative,” Politico notes.
Large majorities want U.S. troops out of Afghanistan and prefer less involvement in the crises in Iraq and Syria.
“Americans are profoundly wary of getting entangled overseas and seem to be skeptical of the value of projecting U.S. power on foreign conflicts.”
Despite the overwhelming opinion of the American people – agreeing with founding father George Washington who warned to be “beware of foreign entanglements” – the government consistently manufactures crises around the world and intervenes militarily. Both Democrats and Republicans in Congress ignore the will of the people and follow the marching orders of the elite.
Finally, McClathcy reveals its slavish subservience to the global crises agenda with its accompanying brazen propaganda campaign when it characterizes Ron Paul’s remarks as “provocative.”
“While western media outlets rush to repeat government propaganda on the event, there are a few things they will not report,” Paul writes.
The corporatist media “will not report that neither Russia nor the separatists in eastern Ukraine have anything to gain but everything to lose by shooting down a passenger liner full of civilians.”
Or will they “report that the Ukrainian government has much to gain by pinning the attack on Russia, and that the Ukrainian prime minister has already expressed his pleasure that Russia is being blamed for the attack.”
For the establishment media, these talking points are forbidden. Only Ron Paul and the alternative media will discuss the truth.
That is why they are now routinely described as isolationists and fellow travelers aligned with the new Evil Empire, Russia.