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The libertarian isolationist case for North Korea is shallow

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Looking back there have been a number of tactical errors by the President with both parties sharing some blame. Earlier this year, Trump bombed Syria for their alleged use chemical weapons trusting the word of Al-Qaeda linked rebels and White Helmets. That was an error seeing that the evidence that Syria conducted the attack is weak. Also in the Arab Spring, Obama participated in the toppling of the Libyan regime. The country is now a chaotic breeding ground for Islamic terrorism. The very rebels armed were likely also the very rebels who killed Ambassador Stevens in Benghazi. This was a stupid idea at the time. Obviously, mistakes were made in the handling of Iraq. Libertarians often use examples like these in their anti-war cases, but for North Korea I have observed libertarians resorting to talking points that are ultimately misused and shallow.

Quality of Life

Arguing that intervention will not improve the quality of life or will hurt the quality of life in a country is a fair point looking at Syria, Libya, Iraq, and even Afghanistan but to make the same argument in regards to North Korea, you would have to be out of your mind to suggest things could get worse for the North Koreans. The only advanced thing about North Korea is the fact that they achieved nuclear weapons. Aside from that, North Korea is a communist dictatorship that brainwashes its people, has no regard for personal liberty, and has some of the world’s worst prisons for those who dissent. Zero percent chance America would make their lives worse.

Self Defense

A nation has the right to defends itself. Absolutely, Noth Korea included. Any action against North Korea would be addressing the explicit threats they have made to America and its allies.

North Korea poses no real threat

This used to be true and is a definite contributor to the prolonging of this issue. But after two presidents ignored the issue with this reason, North Korea has steadily expanded their capabilities. North Korea is ultimately striving towards ICBMs. This is a credible threat and while the American military has innovated to address such threat, nuclear war is a risk we don’t want to take. This argument was once valid but is since obsolete.

America is the aggressor

This point is meant to blame America for North Korea’s actions going back to the point about self defense. It shows a lack of an informed opinion and no regard for America’s allies or history in the region.

Free Market is the solution

I wish we could trade with North Korea but what do they have? This is a nation that has to import food because they can’t support themselves. And would North Korea even allow American products. North Korea is the epitome of the failures of communism as it is right next to South Korea, one of the world largest economies.

Regime change only fails

Unlike, Iraq, Libya, and Vietnam, the reunification of the Korean Peninsula is a much more well thought out transfer of power. The challenges would also be shared by South Korea, Japan, and even China. Therefore, America would not be alone in nation building. If there ever was a successful example of nation building in the past, then it is South Korea. Perhaps that sheds light on the future.

In the last year, it has become clear that waiting for North Korea to change its ways is never going to happen. A regime change needs to happen. The time to act is at hand. Libertarians sometimes cling to America’s failures as evidence for the purpose of establishing foresight credibility. I have observed these classic arguments be made in the latest potential war. These arguments are either shallow or being misused. Military intervention is a subject where we the people should judge on a case by case basis weighing the merits. We should ignore the hawks in congress that want war at every opportunity, but we should also ignore the hippies that want to wait for the next Pearl Harbor. Continuing to use these arguments against intervening with North Korea in 2017 only hurts your credibility and makes one look like an out of touch isolationist.

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Trump failed with Putin due to anti-Trump Republicans and fake news

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Following Trump’s bizarre performance at the Helsinki Summit with his BFF Vladimir Putin, bi-partisan condemnation of his press conference was swift and severe after he expressed his willingness to accept Putin’s word that Russia didn’t interfere with the 2016 election, despite findings by US intelligence proving otherwise.

Not to worry, though. Following this backlash, and now that he’s home and a safe distance away from Putin, Trump’s false bravado was back on full display yesterday as he attempted to backtrack from his previous statements about Russian interference.

According to Trump, he didn’t reject US intelligence in favor of Russia; he simply misspoke. He’s always believed Russia interfered. He’s just a victim of the English language.

“The sentence should have been ‘I don’t see any reason why it wouldn’t be Russia,’ sort of a double negative. So you can put that in and I think it probably clarifies things pretty good.

“I have on numerous occasions noted our intelligence findings that Russians attempted to interfere in our elections.”

But Trump’s difficulty with contractions isn’t the only reason for this apparent misunderstanding. Not at all. The real culprit, as is always the case when the news is unfavorable, is the “Fake News” media.

Sadly, criticism of Trump’s Helsinki remarks has been noticeably missing in some so-called conservative circles in Washington and in the media. Not only that, they have joined the Trump echo chamber in defending him.

For example, according to Trump, Sen. Rand Paul agreed with his claim that the Mueller investigation was responsible for Trump’s troubling comments.

Additionally, in an interview with Trump Pravda (FOX News), Paul called out Republicans who criticized Trump, labelling them pro-war and/or anti-Trump for doing so.

“Republicans that are making the criticism are either the pro-war Republicans like McCain and Graham or the anti-Trump ones like Sasse … They are motivated by their persistent and consistent dislike of the president.”

In the House of Representatives, so-called conservatives in the House Freedom Caucus embraced Trump’s “Fake News” mantra, arguing that the media’s criticism of Trump’s statements had overshadowed his accomplishments concerning Russia. At least, that’s how Freedom Caucus member Rep Warren Davidson sees it:

“The reality is people are upset about what President Trump said, but they’re not giving him credit for what he’s done.”

Is it just me, or shouldn’t what you say jive with what you do? I think they call that walking the talk.

Meanwhile, sounding like he wrote Trump’s “Fake News” talking points, the conservative talk show host formerly known as Rush Limbaugh, also blames the media for Trump’s pro-Russia comments, saying that their “embarrassingly shallow and puerile, infantile questions” were responsible.

So, take heart, America. Trump didn’t mean what he said when he said it. He was simply playing 3-D chess with the Russian President, and anyone who thinks otherwise only does so because they are pro-war, anti-Trump, and they believe fake news.

Originally posted on The Strident Conservative.

 


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Being American doesn’t mean ignoring facts. Ron Paul right about Trump-Putin meeting.

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In the era of torn Russian relations, Ron Paul takes a step back and views more information than almost any pundit on air or on twitter. It’s bipartisan to hate Russian, and that causes many Americans to hold inconsistent views on foreign policy issues related to Russia.

The media’s coverage on all things related to Russia was bad before it’s terrible coverage of Trump. We need a balanced factual approach to foreign relations with Russia. Not everything is Russia’s fault. America needs a new approach to Russia, and Trump can bring that.

John Kerry spent so much time picking losing battles with Russia and the United States needs to move on from these geopolitical skirmishes. Part of this means throwing the Obama administration under the bus. Between John Kerry and Hillary Clinton, US interests in the Middle East, Asia, and Europe faced setbacks. Only then can we have a better relationship with Russia.

I appreciate Ron Paul’s perspective because, in an era of hot takes and the political popularity of Russia hating, he maintains a just perspective that embraces facts.

US Russia Factsheet

US and Russia

  • These two countries have the largest nuclear arsenal
  • US military currently miles ahead of Russia
  • Relations have ever been good
  • Both (sort of) friends with the Kurds
  • Russia largely used as scapegoat, punching bags in American politics
  • Trump administration upped military spending
  • US through NATO still practices a containment policy with regards to Russia
  • Both countries have issues with Islamic terrorism
  • Working together on North Korea issue

Russia

  • Is not a free country
  • Does not pretend to be a free country (like Europe)
  • Its people largely view the break up of the Soviet Union as a tragedy (regardless of feelings about communism)
  • Actually likes Putin, a lot (strangely)
  • Has had Putin at the helm for decades

Iran

  • Putin came out in affirmation of the Iran Deal
  • Trump remained opposed
  • This point of contention was largely ignored by the media
  • Russia and Iran are allies
  • Iran taking control of Iraq through Shia paramilitaries
  • Backs Houthi rebels in Yemen

Iraq

  • Invaded by the US in 2003
  • War lost when the Obama Administration refused to negotiate a status of forces agreement
  • Iraqi military fell apart to ISIS when they invaded from Syria
  • Iranian backed militias filled the vacuum
  • Status of Kurds unclear

Syria

Ukraine

Turkey

  • Turkey is a member of NATO
  • Turkey opposes Israel
  • Turkey provoked war with Russia by downing Russian jet
  • Turkey becoming increasingly Islamic under neo-Ottoman regime
  • Kemalism was killed in the attempted coup
  • Ergodan held a referendum to grant himself more power
  • Russia and Turkey have an arrangement in Syria to not fight each other
  • Turkey performing land grab in Syria
  • Turkey killing Kurds in Syria
  • Turkey backing its own Islamist in Syria

Israel

  • Trump administration the most Israel-friendly administration in US history
  • Russia opposes Israel on a geopolitical level (along with most US allies)
  • Russia backs enemies of Israel
  • US backs enemies of Israel (Saudis)
  • Israel believed to have nuclear capabilities

Libya

  • US and Russia back differing factions
  • US played large role in destabilizing region during the rebellion
  • Terrorist that America aided attack a US consulate and murdered four people, including Ambassador Stevens

2016 Election

  • US has long history of meddling in foreign elections
  • Russian meddling had no effect on the outcome of 2016 election
  • DNC never handed over server to investigators
  • Indictments are not convictions, not even close
  • Russia should be embarrassed if that was their attempt to interfere in a US election
  • Media overplaying story because they dislike Trump

US Agencies

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Culture and Religion

Video: What is a Classical Liberal?

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A short video making the point that the Left is no longer Liberal, having traded individualism for collectivism.

In one of their first animated video shorts, the Rubin Report discusses the vitally important topic of just who is a Classical Liberal.

OUR FIRST ANIMATED VIDEO! What is a Classical Liberal?

Liberalism has been confused with Leftism or progressivism, which is actually has nothing to do with classical Liberalism. Sadly the Left is no longer Liberal at all for it has traded individualism for collectivism.

The Rubin Report
Published on Jul 10, 2018

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