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RON PAUL should select JOHN BOLTON as his running mate!

I strongly support the candidacy of Cong. Ron Paul for President in 2012.

However, I acknowledge that he has one issue that troubles me and many others:  Iran and related issues.  As he was quoted in Gary Bauer’s End of Day report on November 7, 2011:

When it comes to foreign policy, Ron Paul’s views are most often defined as “isolationism.” But I am convinced Paul at heart is a pacifist. His foreign policy views are dangerously naïve and, in my opinion, disqualify him from consideration to be our next commander-in-chief. Every time he opens his mouth, he sounds like appeaser Neville Chamberlain or the radicals at Code Pink.

Consider this exchange yesterday between Paul and Fox News Sunday host Chris Wallace:

WALLACE:  Let’s turn to Iran, because there is growing fear around the world, and there’s going to be a new IAEA — the U.N. nuclear watchdog — report this next week that the country is getting closer to a nuclear break out… Would President Paul do anything to stop Iran from developing a nuclear weapon?

PAUL:  Only by a change in foreign policy and treating them differently. …But you are saying they might put a weapon together. See, the worst thing could be an overreaction and go to war over this. …when you put on strong sanctions, those are acts of war because we did that in Iraq for 10 years, and little kids died… So, I would say treat them differently and it’d be less threatening.

WALLACE:  When you say treat them differently —

PAUL:  Don’t put sanctions.

WALLACE:  So, how are we going to persuade them not to pursue a nuclear weapon?

PAUL:  Well, maybe offering friendship to them. …For them to be a threat to us or to anybody in the region I think is just blown out of proportion. …

I respectfully disagree with Gary Bauer on this issue but he raises a disturbing point.  It cannot be ignored.  Iran cannot obtain a nuclear weapon.

Suppose Paul were nominated – which group would be most likely to bolt away from him and even in some cases (not Gary Bauer I am sure) endorse President Obama?  National Security conservatives. (The opposite might be true, too.  The Paulites might bolt the GOP and either not vote or vote for President Obama.  But selecting Kentucky Senator Rand Paul as a running mate for Romney or Perry or Cain might stem that tide.)

Thus the best way to bring them in an unite the party is the appointment of a safe national security conservative who respects sovereignty.  The best example is former UN Ambassador John Bolton.

I have written about Ambassador Bolton and I am sorry he did not run for President.  He is a solid on sovereignty but is right on Iran.  Bolton could provide useful advice on foreign policy but as the VP, he would not pursue his own policies.

I do not know if Bolton would even do it (I only briefly met him in Richmond and do not regularly speak with him) but it would send a clear message to the national security conservatives:  No useless wars but I will protect the nation’s interests.



About Elwood Sanders

Elwood "Sandy" Sanders is a Hanover attorney who is an Appellate Procedure Consultant for Lantagne Legal Printing and has written ten scholarly legal articles. Sandy was also Virginia's first Appellate Defender and also helped bring curling in VA! (None of these titles imply any endorsement of Sanders’ views)

2 Responses to “RON PAUL should select JOHN BOLTON as his running mate!”

  1. you really think Iran would attack us with a nuclear weapon?

    seems pretty unlikely

    Also, if he's for extending friendship to Iran you can hardly call him an isolationist!

  2. Treg4RonPaul says:

    As if 300 Israeli nukes are not enough! Iran is NO threat. Zero. Even if it got 5 nukes, its not a threat. Trident subs sit in international waters just miles from Iran. Here's the problem, Israel wants us to do their bidding. Its a sick relationship. "We ship billions [of dollars in foreign aid] to Tel Aviv, and they ship it back to us in the form of propaganda and relentless pressure to bend the White House and Congress to their will. That’s what’s so “special” about the “special relationship” – the same relationship a tapeworm has to a stomach. " — Justin Raimondo


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