March 10th, 2014
(NewJersey) – I’m down at the Conservative Political Action Conference outside Washington and I just finished watching Rand Paul’s speech (see video at bottom).
It was really groundbreaking. I never before saw a politician head into a bastion of big-government Republicans and tell them that government run by either party is the enemy of liberty.
Except of course for Rand’s father Ron. He did it all the time.
In that regard, I just came across an old post of mine concerning the amazingly accurate predictions Ron Paul made back in 2002.
When I first posted it, I remarked on the prediction that the Bush administration would invade Iraq and proceed to make a total mess of it.
But note what followed that in this C-SPAN transcription, which is all in caps for some reason:
“THE UNITED STATES, WITH TONY BLAIR AS HEAD CHEERLEADER, WILL ATTACK IRAQ WITHOUT PROPER AUTHORITY AND A MAJOR WAR, THE LARGEST SINCE WORLD WAR II WILL RESULT.
“MAJOR MOVES WILL BE MADE BY CHINA, INDIA, RUSSIA, AND PAKISTAN IN CENTRAL ASIA TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THE CHAOS FOR THE PURPOSE OF GRABBING LAND, RESOURCES, AND STRATEGIC ADVANTAGES SOUGHT AFTER FOR YEARS.”
In light of Russia’s recent takeover of the Crimea, that’s remarkably prescient. A lot of so-called “neo” conservatives who don’t recall history are forgetting that it was Bush who got us bogged down in two Asian wars, thus clearing the playing field for the Russkies.
Not that I blame Vladimir Putin. If I were running Russia and I had a chance to reclaim a historically Russian chunk of turf with a great warm-water port, I’d do the same thing.
It’s certainly not the American government’s business, any more than our relations with Mexico are any business of the Russians. And by the way, if you’re a student of history, you realize we made Putin look like a piker when we grabbed the entire Southwest from the Mexicans.
Not that there was anything wrong with that. We were really grabbing that land from the Spanish empire, which had owned it until just a few decades before. All’s fair in love and war.
But let’s give credit – or blame – where it’s due. And Ron Paul pointed out where a full 12 years ago,
ANOTHER PRESCIENT MOMENT:
Source: New Jersey