Blogger Eric Dondero at Libertarian Republican was the right-hand man to Congressman Ron Paul for 16 years. Today he is writing at RightWing News about Paul, racism, anti-Semitism and the Afghanistan invasion after September 11, 2001. The short story is: Paul is definitely NOT a racist, wanted to vote against invading Afghanistan, believes Israel should not exist, and has an attitude about 9/11/01 victims that goes beyond the appalling belief that the U.S. caused the attacks.
He is however, most certainly Anti-Israel, and Anti-Israeli in general. He wishes the Israeli state did not exist at all. He expressed this to me numerous times in our private conversations. His view is that Israel is more trouble than it is worth, specifically to the America taxpayer. He sides with the Palestinians, and supports their calls for the abolishment of the Jewish state, and the return of Israel, all of it, to the Arabs.
Eric recounts many stories about Paul that you should read whether you support Paul or not. Dondero gives one of the reasons he eventually resigned from the Congressman’s staff. He tells of an odd event that no one is talking about, but should. He confirms that Paul is an isolationist, and so much so that Paul would not approve of any humanitarian reactional involvement such as stepping in to stop a “holocaust.”
About the original Afghanistan vote after 9/11/01, you should read Eric’s words in the context of his entire post. If this does not give you pause about Ron Paul, then nothing will. If you think his claim that America brought the attacks on ourselves is not a serious one, read about staffers being forbidden to memorialize the victims, and their silent agreement that they would resign if he did vote ‘no’ on the invasion. That paragraph is about two-thirds of the way down the page. Read it here.
UPDATE 12-28-11: Hot Air has the video of Ron Paul claiming that Israel created Hamas and the CIA ‘radicalized Muslims’. There are sides of this video that can bear discussing as true, but really, who understood what “radicalized Muslims” would come to be?
UPDATE 12-28-11: I was egregiously amiss at not adding to this article that the Paul campaign says Eric Dondero was fired after 16 years. Dondero says he resigned, and other will back up that story.. Whatever the truth, if you follow the links above you will read that part of the story.