The way the question was asked allows that misconception to leap onto the pages of blogs everywhere. What Ron Paul did was not address that point at all. The interviewer should be basted with liquidated lard and beaten with rubber truncheons for his incredibly bad interview style, but Ron isn’t guilty of that offense. He did spazz out and warn of an Impending “Gulf of Tonkin” style incident involving Iran.
Iran is problematic. Their president is a former member of the student group that kidnapped American Embassy employees in 1979. They slapped the Carter administration around for over a year while playing “gunpoint” politics on a world stage made possible by liberalisms almost kneejerk reaction to coddle any group of psychopaths. Their desire to let extremists suckle at their bosom has long propped up terrorist organizations, and now it appears the libertarian movement has joined the crowd.
So, what we have is a candidate for president lending cover to an islamic-extremist government. He can say he is against our government interjecting itself in foreign matters, but he appears to be doing exactly that. There is little doubt, even in the extreme left wing media that Iran is investing itself heavily in the war in Iraq. They have long sought to attain oil rich areas of Iraq, and in fact fought a war over disputed territories with the former Hussein regime. They failed against Saddam, and now are salivating all over themselves in anticipation of an American withdrawal.
Ahmadinejad is no fool. Ron Paul might be. He is aiding the enemy when he acts like Iran does no wrong. He is propping up his political ambitions with fear mongering rhetoric. It is likely to backfire, because Iran has no desire to enter into open conflict with the U.S., and the Bush administration is very unlikely to initiate open hostilities with them. Ron’s claim that we are setting up a Golf of Tonkin style incident has two huge flaws politically. First, while the Gulf of Tonkin incident was overblown, the Maddox was attacked, so the initial reports of the incident did occur. Iran is not going to openly attack a U.S. warship. They are not as stupid as the pauliacs want them to be. They are just psychotic, a much more dangerous animal, it’s true, but easier to understand. Second, the U.S. has to attack Iran for Ron Paul not to look like a raving spank monkey, and they just aren’t going to.
So for all you pauliacs that want to do the semantic arguments about that interview, go snuggle up to your conspiracy theories, and watch as your fearless leaders drags his candidacy into oblivion with this nonsense.