Ron Paul a No Vote on Afghanistan Invasion? Ron Paul Against Israel – Not Anti-Semitic

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.

Eric Dondero, Libertarian Republican

RightWing News:

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.

Ron Paul

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.

Sitting on the Edge of the Sandbox has a new article up questioning Paul’s policies.

Many thanks to White House 2012 for linking.

Posted by Maggie @ Maggie’s Notebook

 

  • There isn’t a chart or graph that goes far enough left for this man! And we thought Obama was way left! Dick Morris has it correct on his “lunch” video today talking about Ron Paul. As far as Israel goes and Jews…they go hand in hand. If Paul is against Israel, he’s against Jews!

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  • I can not vouch for the truthfulness of Eric Dondero’s article, but I will say this. He says he eventually left his job with Ron Paul for the reasons he outlined. However, the Ron Paul campaign tells a different story. According to them, he was fired for performance issues. We may need to examine Dondero’s motivation for making the accusations he is making.

    • LD, I knew that angle but forgot to add it. We had a guest for dinner tonight and I just came in here to do an update. I will say this, Eric worked for Paul for 16 years, closely. What happened at the end I don’t know, but Dondero says others will back up his story. Either way, questions might be, would Paul really not intervene in what we think of as a holocaust? What if the holocaust were happening here and we needed intervention? I am truly appalled at his attitude about 9/11/01. I can’t get past it. I agree with most of his positions but I cannot stomach believing that we caused 9/11.

      • I have trouble with his opinion about 9/11 as well. I don’t necessarily think it should be ignored, but we do have other, more pressing matters to consider.

        I think the entire issue of Paul’s foreign policy centers around one thing. Americans want to know they will be kept safe. Those who disagree with his foreign policy believe he would not keep us safe from extremism, but I do not believe that is a fair assessment.

        I am thinking about writing a post about an adviser to Ron Paul’s 2008 campaign who is Jewish and has dual citizenship in Israel and the United States. He has a completely different opinion that Dondero.

        • LD, he thinks it unnecessary to stop Iran from going nuclear and he isn’t sure he will vote for any of the Republican slate if he is not the nominee. I think his thinking process is missing a neuron. Would he really vote for Obama, or help Obama win by not voting?

          I do believe Americans want us to be safe. Allowing Iran to have be nuclear isn’t the way to make that happen. I understand his reasoning, but reasonable people’s reasoning about Islam has been way off base. We know that now. We didn’t know it a few years ago. Paul thinks we have attacked Muslims and and so they they attacked back. He should be far more knowledgable about the Koran.

          Dondero made it clear that his mother is Jewish and Paul was never an anti-Semite. He simply didn’t and doesn’t think Israel has the right to exist. It’s not about the individual Jew. He supports Palestinians. Palestinians want no Jews. It’s not a matter of giving them land. If it were, there would have been an official ‘Palestine’ many years ago, and several times over. Paul has to know that. It is about ending Jews in the Middle East.

          Again, I don’t think it matters whether he was fired or he resigned. He was there for 16 years.

          I’ll watch for your article.

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  • “He is however, most certainly Anti-Israel, and Anti-Israeli in general. He wishes the Israeli state did not exist at all.”

    – This statement does not seem to be backed up by Ron Paul’s own words or actions

    “Ron Paul refused to vote to condemn Israel during the 2006 war with Lebanon. And h.e will never try to pressure Israel into accepting a “land for peace” compromise before the Israelis themselves decide..I have spoken with Dr. Ron Paul about Israel. He recognizes the special relationship between Israel and the United States based on our shared values and Judeo-Christian history.”

    http://www.newsmax.com/DougWead/ron-paul-israel-garybauer/2011/04/11/id/392440

    As far as Ron’s other policies…

    1. He’s been on record opposing the NDAA features, other Republicans support them:

    http://templestream.blogspot.com/2011/12/why-ethical-christians-oppose-torture.html

    2. Ron walks the walk – solid biblical Christian values. Also, China has threatened WWIII if Bachmann’s preemptive strike on Iran occurs:

    http://templestream.blogspot.com/2011/12/other-2012-christian-voters-guide.html

    3. 9/11 does deserve a valid, unbiased investigation:

    http://templestream.blogspot.com/2011/09/armed-swat-raids-and-news-confirm-911.html

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  • Many thanks for the link and happy New Year, Maggie!

  • Some more opinions…

    Haaretz, Israeli Daily Newspaper

    The truth about Ron Paul – Haaretz Daily Newspaper | Israel News

    http://www.haaretz.com/print-edition/features/the-truth-about-ron-paul-1.404278

    Americans for Israel site:

    Reality Check: Is Ron Paul really anti-Israel? (Video)

    Ron Paul: Israel “Our Best Friend” (Video)

    Ron Paul Tells Newsmax: I Support Israel

    http://www.americansforisrael.com