Former Texas Congressman Ron Paul (R-TX) has been a consistent critic of US foreign policy since the 1980’s, and he’s suffered many slings and arrows because of it. The problem with demonizing everything the libertarian congressman had to say was that he ended up being proven right about most of it. Many of the “prophecies” he was making about our foreign policy and our economic policy in the early 1980’s came to pass in the 1990’s. Then in 2002, the Congressman made several more predictions which have all come true – some unfolding even now…
Paul argues that we continue to make the very same mistakes that we’ve been making for the last 40 years. Even worse, they will continue to lead to the same, or worse, outcomes that they’ve brought us to in the recent past.
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It’s with that in mind that he recently examined the “victory” over ISIS in Iraq and wondered if we were just planting the seeds to the next Iraqi war?
From February to June, an estimated 5,800 civilians have been killed in Mosul by US coalition airstrikes, a significant escalation in civilian deaths over the previous US Administration. With Mosul now “liberated” by US and Iraqi military forces, there is virtually nothing left of the city. Now we are told that we have to spend more billions of dollars rebuilding the city that we just destroyed, and once again training new Iraqi military forces to make up for all those killed in this campaign. Does this sound like a sensible US foreign policy?
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