In light of the Iowa caucuses today, I thought this powerful Anti-Iraq War advert from Ron Paul was worth showing:
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It is important to separate hunting down terrorists who attack our country and deserve justice (which Ron Paul is 100% for), and not confuse justice with occupying entire countries for a decade under the guise of the “War on Terror” or “Spreading Democracy”. Terrorists are individuals and small groups, so why are we picking fights with entire nations? BILLIONS for Defense, NOT A PENNY for Empire.

This speech is called “Imagine” and it was given by Ron Paul on March 11, 2009. The original text of the talk is below:

Imagine for a moment that somewhere in the middle of Texas there was a large foreign military base, say Chinese or Russian. Imagine that thousands of armed foreign troops were constantly patrolling American streets in military vehicles. Imagine they were here under the auspices of “keeping us safe” or “promoting democracy” or “protecting their strategic interests.”

Imagine that they operated outside of US law, and that the Constitution did not apply to them. Imagine that every now and then they made mistakes or acted on bad information and accidentally killed or terrorized innocent Americans, including women and children, most of the time with little to no repercussions or consequences. Imagine that they set up checkpoints on our soil and routinely searched and ransacked entire neighborhoods of homes. Imagine if Americans were fearful of these foreign troops, and overwhelmingly thought America would be better off without their presence.

Imagine if some Americans were so angry about them being in Texas that they actually joined together to fight them off, in defense of our soil and sovereignty, because leadership in government refused or were unable to do so. Imagine that those Americans were labeled terrorists or insurgents for their defensive actions, and routinely killed, or captured and tortured by the foreign troops on our land. Imagine that the occupiers’ attitude was that if they just killed enough Americans, the resistance would stop, but instead, for every American killed, ten more would take up arms against them, resulting in perpetual bloodshed. Imagine if most of the citizens of the foreign land also wanted these troops to return home. Imagine if they elected a leader who promised to bring them home and put an end to this horror.

Imagine if that leader changed his mind once he took office.

The reality is that our military presence on foreign soil is as offensive to the people that live there as armed Chinese troops would be if they were stationed in Texas. We would not stand for it here, but we have had a globe-straddling empire and a very intrusive foreign policy for decades that incites a lot of hatred and resentment towards us.

According to our own CIA, our meddling in the Middle East was the prime motivation for the horrific attacks on 9/11. But instead of re-evaluating our foreign policy, we have simply escalated it. We had a right to go after those responsible for 9/11, to be sure, but why do so many Americans feel as if we have a right to a military presence in some 160 countries when we wouldn’t stand for even one foreign base on our soil, for any reason? These are not embassies, mind you, these are military installations. The new administration is not materially changing anything about this. Shuffling troops around and playing with semantics does not accomplish the goals of the American people, who simply want our men and women to come home. 50,000 troops left behind in Iraq is not conducive to peace any more than 50,000 Russian soldiers would be in the United States.

Shutting down military bases and ceasing to deal with other nations with threats and violence is not isolationism. It is the opposite. Opening ourselves up to friendship, honest trade and diplomacy is the foreign policy of peace and prosperity. It is the only foreign policy that will not bankrupt us in short order, as our current actions most definitely will. I share the disappointment of the American people in the foreign policy rhetoric coming from the administration. The sad thing is, our foreign policy WILL change eventually, as Rome’s did, when all budgetary and monetary tricks to fund it are exhausted.

CREDITS:
Voice and Music was done by Jeremy Hoop
Video animation was done by Nicholas Bozman and MysteryBox. http://mysterybox.us

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Category: Politics, Video, War/Defense

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15 Responses to “Armed Chinese Troops in Texas!”

  1. ethel says:

    This is the most sensible thing that I’ve ever heard Americans talk about…

  2. European says:

    Actually, at the 2011 Biennale in Venice, Italy there was a film screened, showing the “Chinese Army” patrolling the US, complete with realtime satellite/drone imaging with Chinese text at the bottom. An American family heading into vacation, passing friendly Chinese roadblocks, proceeding, meanwhile an American insurgent planting a roadside bomb watched by the Chinese drone. The family passes the the spot with the bomb, the insurgent stops the car, hijacks it, and at this second the drone fires the missile, kills the insurgent, blows the car to pieces and leaves the perplexed family with their naked life in the nowhere. Happyend.

  3. OK Avenger says:

    I don’t agree with him on lots of other stuff. But on foreign policy, Ron Paul is right on.

  4. Tmurraysr1 says:

    These situations have come about as a result in most cases to WWII. Ron Paul’s foreign policy is pure lunasy at best.

  5. fatnfur says:

    Please, please learn some history and you will understand that R.P. is right. Check out Richard maybury and his uncle eric series, and you will understand this is nothing new except for the federal reserve’s choke hold on all of our lives with their product the us dollar. We will continue to have boom and bust cycles as long as they rule the financial world

  6. subscriptionblocker says:

    Barry, no dares discuss the military trends on our own soil. People are plenty frightened right now. Wouldn’t take much to turn them into an even bigger problem than these fantasy terrorists.

    Most citizens aren’t worried about foreigners on aircraft or even critical infrastructure. They’d be stopped. Even if they weren’t – there are a lot of us and they can’t get us all.

    A bigger threat would be Mr. Bloomberg’s “army”.

  7. Jojo says:

    Sure and this point is probably what attracts a lot of younger Ron Paul single-issue voters.

    But y’all don’t understand.

    If we bring the troops home and close overseas bases, much of the military-industrial complex will go bankrupt. Then they will not be able to properly fund their lobbyists or grease Congressional palms. And all those soldiers who come back home? They’ll have to go on unemployment, which won’t make the numbers look good in any year, let alone an election year.

    The odds of RP getting the Republican nomination are pretty close to zero, regardless of what happens in Iowa. And the odds of ANY president and Congress withdrawing the USA worldwide military web are similar.

  8. boveri says:

    Worst case, Ron Paul is an idiot savant but his insight into this issue is brilliant!

  9. uzer says:

    to paraphrase jojo above, Save the Rich: Vote D or R!! (or don’t vote, it matters not)

  10. peachin says:

    It’s too true for america to handle. We are at war, mostly because it profits Business and what profits Business trickles, leeks, pours massive amounts of $$$ to our politicians and their eco-structure.

    The speech is excellent!

  11. MikeDonnelly says:

    Ron Paul’s ads have been extremely good this cycle. His line we will end the occupation only when our ability to fund them, is 100% accurate.

  12. oldbluejeans says:

    Yes, Iraq was a giant mistake. But so is Afghanistan. The Brittish invaded Afghanistan in 1838, again in 1878, and the Russians in 1980. In all of those invasions, the invader eventually thought better of it and just marched right back out.

    We’ve been there 10 years now. We have lots more money, at least we did at the start, than the Brits or the Russians. Probably we’ll be there another 10 years, maybe more. But in the end we will be just like the Brits and Russians, we’ll just leave and they will be pretty much just like they were before we got there. No one wins religious wars. We’ve been in this one since the UN vote in 1948. By the time it’s over, we’ll be bankrupt. For a good read, try “American Hubris”. Osama laid his whole plan out, and we are following his script to a “T”.

  13. Joebiden says:

    Ok the election is 3 months out and we turn on the Sunday “news” shows and there’s Madaline Albright, Colon Powell, General Westmorlan etc. and they will then tell us what the world would look like under Ron Paul’s “unconventional” ideas. When they get done with the twisting and mis representation it will be ugly. then we’ll turn on the TV and we see all the race baters going over Ron Paul’s news letters word for word, WE will hear how “harmful it is to the nation” how “hurtfull to Blacks” This will happen on every MSNBC show, week after week. Then Jon Stewart, Steven Colbert, Bill Mahr, DAvid Letterman, Saturday Night Live will go to work ,when they get done with Ron Paul we will have been told he said “He could see Russia from his bunker” . The Democrats, the Obama Campaign, the Obama press will, the Obama entertaiment community , the Obama Unions will all savage Mr Ron Paul,week after endless week ,when they get done all the video’s in the world won’t mean a damn thing. they will have the nation wondering if Mr Paul ,rather than be president, shouldn’t perhaps be committed to an institution. To ignore this fact is to do so at the nation’s peril and insure the relection of Barack Obama.

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    BR: Except Jon Stewart has been the only one protesting the lack of Ron Paul coverage.

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