Ron Paul Questions: Obama's Foreign Policy Rhetoric Does Not Match US Actions

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Submitted by Ron Paul via The Ron Paul Institute,

President Obama’s recent foreign policy speech, delivered at this year’s West Point graduation ceremony, was a disappointment to anyone who hoped the president might be changing course. The failure of each US intervention thus far in the 21st century might have inspired at least a bit of reflection.
However, the president made it clear that interventionism and American exceptionalism would continue to guide his administration in its final two years. The president said, “I believe in American exceptionalism with every fiber of my being,” adding the dubious claim that “because of American diplomacy and foreign assistance, as well as the sacrifices of our military -- more people live under elected governments today than at any time in human history.”
It’s funny he would mention elections. Last week the Syrians held their first multi-candidate presidential election in 50 years. Almost three-quarters of Syrian voters participated, giving President Assad 88 percent of the vote. After three years fighting a foreign-backed insurgency, voting conditions were not optimal. However, despite State Department claims to the contrary, it can no longer be stated that Assad enjoys no popularity in his country. Even former CIA chief Michael Hayden not long ago envisioned Assad winning a fair election in Syria.
But the US government completely rejected the vote in Syria, with Secretary of State John Kerry calling it "a great big zero," because, as he put it, “you can't have an election where millions of your people don't even have an ability to vote."
That is just what happened last month in Ukraine, however, where the US-backed oligarch Petro Poroshenko won with just over 50 percent of the vote in an election where millions in the eastern part of the country did not have the ability to vote. That election, however, John Kerry declared a “victory for democracy.”
Similarly, John Kerry described the 2013 coup against the democratically-elected President Morsi in Egypt as a “return to democracy,” while approving the election last month – with 96 percent of the vote -- of the man who led that coup.
Likewise, when a referendum was held in Crimea this spring in which the vast majority voted to re-join Russia rather than to remain in a Ukraine that had just undergone a regime change, the US administration refused to recognize the results. For Washington, it was “illegal” for Crimea to vote to secede from Ukraine, but it was not illegal for a mob in the street to overthrow an elected government in Kiev.
President Obama’s spoke at length about the US role in promoting democracy around the world, but why does it seem that the US government only recognizes elections as free and fair when the US-favored candidate wins?
At West Point the president announced a new five billion dollar “counterterrorism partnership,” with much of the money going to continue supporting the rebels in Syria. Though the administration claims it only supports moderate rebels in Syria, it has refused to explain exactly which fighting groups it considers “moderate.” In fact it is known that the weapons sent to “moderates” in Syria often end up in the hands of the radicals. This five billion dollars – stolen from US taxpayers and borrowed from China – will guarantee a prolongation of the war in Syria.
There is much to disappoint in Obama’s big foreign policy speech. It represents a continuation of the policy of “do what we say and we will subsidize you, disobey us and we will bomb you.” That approach is a failure, but the neocons who back it show no sign of falling out of favor.

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Wed, 06/11/2014 - 13:37 | 4845376 DoChenRollingBearing
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We should just stay out of other countries´ business, and take care of our own.  Plenty to do here (and, importantly, NOT do here).

Wed, 06/11/2014 - 13:38 | 4845385 Reference Variable
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We won't have a choice in a few years.

Wed, 06/11/2014 - 13:45 | 4845422 Boris Alatovkrap
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Okay, sure, maybe narcissistic sycophant politician and compliant perpetually uncurious population is complicit, but remember... all war is bankster war.

Wed, 06/11/2014 - 13:53 | 4845453 Jayda1850
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Unless it's war ON the banksters. That hope alone gets me through these insane times.

Wed, 06/11/2014 - 14:02 | 4845493 Anusocracy
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Bankster war without government, highly unlikely, but bankster war through government, quite likely.

The problem has always been the existence of government.

Wed, 06/11/2014 - 14:29 | 4845589 Jayda1850
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Bankster war through government is much more unlikely. Government is owned by the banksters, they will never strike a blow against their paymasters. You start offing some of these high profile bankers and putting the fear of God in them, things will change. Take every case to trial and use the crimes of the major banks as a defense and justification. The people are tired of this shit. I'd gladly trust my life in the hands of 12 of my peers for killing a piece of shit like corzine. I'm truly conflicted on advocating violence against fellow human beings, but I've reached the point where I have no faith that anyone will be held to account. I was told this is not good thinking and that these people will get what they deserve in the afterlife, but the more of this shit I see, the less I believe in a God that would allow this. One way or another I hope a reckoning is coming.

Wed, 06/11/2014 - 14:39 | 4845646 Anusocracy
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Government is the tool that banksters use for war.

Without government, banksters would have to raise their own armies to fight wars.

Would you fight for Goldman Sachs in the Goldman Sachs Army? Lots of people are fighting for Goldman Sachs in the US Army.

Wed, 06/11/2014 - 14:53 | 4845697 COSMOS
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I am surprised Bibi Nutinyahoo didnt give the commencement speech for the West Point grads instead of Obamma.  Bibi has a better idea where these graduates will be fighting next before anyone else in the Executive Branch chain of command.

Wed, 06/11/2014 - 14:03 | 4845497 redpill
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Carry a gun in Syria and you are a moderate and supported by the US government.


Carry a gun in the U.S. and you are a radical and you are demonized by the US government.



Wed, 06/11/2014 - 13:39 | 4845394 simplejack
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presidents words don't match actions?  


is this new?

Wed, 06/11/2014 - 13:56 | 4845464 Son of Captain Nemo
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"presidents words don't match actions?

is this new?"


No but it goes without saying that "critical thinking skills" and "indifference" to the plight of others we blatantly destroy and make suffer is in it's worst drought of this Country's history!

Wed, 06/11/2014 - 13:37 | 4845378 dontgoforit
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Obama, it seems to me, has always said one thing then done the other.  Habitual liar, or freakishly clever - he does seem to get away with it.

Wed, 06/11/2014 - 14:23 | 4845585 Anusocracy
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Just like all the previous presidents.

Wed, 06/11/2014 - 13:38 | 4845379 Stoploss
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"more people live under elected governments today than at any time in human history.”


Rigged elections Barry. 

Rigged elections.


Rigged elections keep the WAR RACKET ALIVE AND WELL............

Wed, 06/11/2014 - 14:07 | 4845522 Anusocracy
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Living under elected governments just means being unfree under elected governments

Instead of some other kind.

Wed, 06/11/2014 - 13:37 | 4845387 NOTaREALmerican
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Ron Paul,  just another pinko hippy who hates everything that made Merica great, and the troops.

Wed, 06/11/2014 - 13:51 | 4845448 gdiamond22
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You are a fucking moron.

Wed, 06/11/2014 - 13:51 | 4845449 Charles Nelson ...
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you forgot the sarc tag

Wed, 06/11/2014 - 14:05 | 4845511 silentboom
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I would think "merica" should have given it away.

Wed, 06/11/2014 - 13:39 | 4845395 foxenburg
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Obama certainly is an exceptional idiot.

Wed, 06/11/2014 - 13:39 | 4845398 q99x2
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Impeach Obama. The nation and world does best when those fuckers are in gridlock.

Wed, 06/11/2014 - 13:39 | 4845399 Four chan
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ron paul who lives by his beliefs and words, sees the inconsistencies in obama precisely because ron paul is not conflicted, sold out, or a manchurian candidate.

Wed, 06/11/2014 - 13:54 | 4845451 NOTaREALmerican
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Which also explains why he can't get anywhere in politics.

The purpose of politics is to provide a forum where the smart-n-savvy people can manipulate the dumbasses with bullshit for fun and profit.

RP kinda throws a wrench in the entire operation, which is why the adults who run the country make the children laugh at him.

Wed, 06/11/2014 - 14:11 | 4845546 Four chan
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well said.

Wed, 06/11/2014 - 14:20 | 4845578 Anusocracy
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The so-called "smart-n-savvy" people use cultural pheromones - morality - to manipulate the masses. Insects use scents, but they use moral indignation.

A better name for them is "psychopath".

Wed, 06/11/2014 - 13:41 | 4845402 JustObserving
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The Nobel Peace Prize winner has fixed up Syria, Libya and Afghanistan.  He is busy fixing Ukraine when he is not on a golf course.


Wed, 06/11/2014 - 13:44 | 4845421 The Axe
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Iraq is going to fall  again...did anyone think that would happen yesterday.....SHIT    those clowns just drop their uniforms and return home to fuck their goats.   just a manner of time....yet the computers and the NY Fed just buy equites ....fucking funny

Wed, 06/11/2014 - 13:52 | 4845450 i_call_you_my_base
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But, but, Saddam!

Wed, 06/11/2014 - 13:53 | 4845456 NOTaREALmerican
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Those Weapons of Mass Delusion are buried someplace! 

Wed, 06/11/2014 - 13:55 | 4845462 i_call_you_my_base
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Right behind the flowers and candies.

Wed, 06/11/2014 - 15:16 | 4845787 earnyermoney
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Notice what's going on in Libya. Gen. Hiftler is trying to impose his will on the "militants". Turns out the CIA trained him to overthrow QDaddy back in the 80s. Now the CIA is trying to install another strongman. Burning down the house.

Wed, 06/11/2014 - 13:46 | 4845426 franzpick
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"disobey us and we will bomb you."

Derived from a 'policy' begun in Germany in 1933.

Wed, 06/11/2014 - 16:09 | 4845952 BlussMann
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More like Churchill and Roosevelt in 1944

Wed, 06/11/2014 - 13:48 | 4845439 SheepDog-One
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What? OBlahBlah is just a big bullshitter? No way!

Wed, 06/11/2014 - 14:00 | 4845483 insanelysane
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We need to take guns away from people to make the world a safer place; except when we are arming people in Egypt, Libya, Syria, Iraq, the hilt.


Wed, 06/11/2014 - 14:28 | 4845486 Dr. Engali
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"President Obama’s spoke at length about the US role in promoting democracy around the world, but why does it seem that the US government only recognizes elections as free and fair when the US-favored candidate wins?"

Why? Because the U.S only backs candidates who will help support the central bank and the petro-dollar. Any other reason outside of that is pure bullshit.

Wed, 06/11/2014 - 14:02 | 4845488 lindaamick
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WOW.  Ron Paul is EXACTLY accurate in his descriptions of US Foreign Policy.

Bravo.  I hope his internet site gets alot of traffic. 

Wed, 06/11/2014 - 14:05 | 4845514 p00k1e
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Ron Paul scrubbing for political donations.  

His words made donors feel happy. 

Wed, 06/11/2014 - 15:47 | 4845883 Blues Traveler
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ilumininating comment by you, two trolls fucking

Wed, 06/11/2014 - 14:10 | 4845539 alexcojones
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My 29 year-old Toyota carries a Ron Paul, President, 2020. 

When I get ahead of RINOs in OC County or Libocrites in LA County, it is always fun. 

I slow down a lot.


Wed, 06/11/2014 - 14:14 | 4845552 lasvegaspersona
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does anyone here know if we still have a 'foreign policy' thingy...or do we just make shit up every single day?

I am actually really confused. Our bad guys (alQ in Syria) who we were hoping would kill the other guys bad guys in Syria are now taking over Iraq, a place we recently liberated at the cost of 5k American lives?

So why did we fight in Iraq...I know someone here smarter than me can explain this...George...Barry?..Yes Mr Kerry you had your hand up...

Wed, 06/11/2014 - 14:44 | 4845666 samsara
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Son, You have a lot of background reading to do....

But I will help you out to start.  Read this whole thing

Then start here.

Wed, 06/11/2014 - 15:30 | 4845829 Democratic koolaid
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Jonh Kerr y had a facelift, that much is true.

Wed, 06/11/2014 - 14:14 | 4845553 LetThemEatRand
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What could make it any more clear that Obama is carrying the mantle of the neo-cons than his "liberal" use of the phrase "American exceptionalism."

Wed, 06/11/2014 - 14:24 | 4845591 NOTaREALmerican
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Not sure any other option is available.    Seems to be human nature to want more power for your slow motion eagle and flag.   And the smart-n-savvy people running societies didn't get to the positions they are in by not wanting more power. 

Wed, 06/11/2014 - 14:50 | 4845683 samsara
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Best President America Never Had.

Wed, 06/11/2014 - 14:55 | 4845702 p00k1e
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RP has been in politics for almost 40 years.

Quick, what are his top 10 achievements besides the Ron Paul Peace and Prosperity Institute?  

Wed, 06/11/2014 - 15:59 | 4845927 samsara
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Probably his affect on millions of people who never thought about the things he talks about.  The number of young people on college campuses.   The articles he has written and that are on the web for anyone to read. 

But,  that effect would probably be invisible to you...

Wed, 06/11/2014 - 17:35 | 4846276 p00k1e
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We all know the abstract, "Ron Paul makes me feel good".  

The audience is looking for something tangible like, “Ron Paul sponsored this piece of legislation which was passed on this date.  As a result of this piece of legislation the consequences were.”

People who praise RP should be able to blurt out at least four outstanding achievements – one for each decade Paul’s been in politics.  

For example, “I liked when George Bush was in office.  He sent me a $500.00 rebate check.  That was nice.”

Wed, 06/11/2014 - 15:09 | 4845756 teslaberry
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+1 ghehghis khan would have approved of ron paul

-1 gk would have disapproved of rp

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