Term Paper: Critical Thinking on Included Editorial

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Buchanan Op-Ed

An Analysis of Buchanan's Op-Ed

The neo-conservative agenda has never been more apparent than it is today, and Pat Buchanan's op-ed from 23 August 2011 plainly exposes it in no uncertain terms. Buchanan quotes Lindsey Graham, the Senator from South Carolina who recently likened America to a "battlefield" in his support of the National Defense Authorization Act (Anders), as saying that "Russia's invasion of Georgian land in 2008 was an act of aggression, not only to Georgia but to all new democracies" (Buchanan). Graham's statement is a blatant misrepresentation of the facts. Like Buchanan, we of the Libertarian Lobby must conclude that Graham's assessment is pure "neocon propaganda" (Buchanan). This paper will show exactly why and how the neocons are dominating our Senate and dictating our foreign policy in an aggressive, pro-war, militaristic fashion. The solution that we propose is that the Republican National Convention remember the meaning of true conservatism. As Judge Napolitano states, "Truth is identity between intellect and reality" (xiii). What I propose, as a libertarian lobbyist, is that the RNC look at the truth in Buchanan's op-ed, recall the wisdom of our forefathers, oppose all neocon Imperialism, and implement the diplomatic Instrument of National Power in order to support America's security, values, prosperity, and to maintain international order.

Buchanan's Premise

I firmly agree with Buchanan's premise, which is that interfering in the Russia-Georgia conflict will only exacerbate U.S.-Russian relations (just like they were strained almost to the point of war during the Cuban Missile Crisis). The U.S. bristled at the thought of the Soviets interfering in waters so close to home, and Russia today is right to bristle at our interference in matters so close to its home. Buchanan's point is quite clear: Russia is not the "occupier" -- on the contrary, it is the Georgians who are occupying South Ossetia: "Twice the Georgians have been expelled by force. Both times, Ossetians and Abkhazians helped throw them out. Why are we demanding that the Georgians be permitted to march back in and reimpose an alien rule that clearly is detested by these people? Is this the American spirit of '76?" (Buchanan). The answer is simple and reasonable: the answer is a resounding, "No."

The simple fact of the matter is that our country has been hijacked by a neo-conservative interest and one need only consider events since the dawn of the 21st century: an attack on 9/11, the investigation of which was completely white-washed by the same men who attempted to white-wash the Iran-Contra Affair, but which allowed the blame for the attack to be lain on a terrorist group that was only some months prior to the events of 9/11 receiving a large quantity of funds from the U.S. (Dawson); the PNAC reports and the Zionist lobby that has been pushing for American intervention in the Middle East and which will use any excuse to gain hegemony (need we recall WMDs that never existed, a terrorist leader on dialysis somehow able to elude the most "comprehensive dragnet" in the history of the world (Corbett), and now a so-called nuclear threat from Iran?); and the Patriot Act, which shows no signs of yielding to the Sunset Clause. We have become a society so easily deceived by false flag operations and psy-op warfare that to imagine that we are not in need of paternalism or that our military are not the policemen of the world are two points likely to be considered as treasonous acts.

Yet Buchanan brings us back to reality: "As a European Union investigation has confirmed, the 2008 war began with the Georgian invasion of South Ossetia" (Buchanan). Georgia is the aggressor here -- not Russia. We must not ignore the facts. We must conform our intellects to the reality. If we do not, then we will not arrive at the truth, but will be led astray by the neocon agenda, which is a militaristic, Zionistic, Imperialistic agenda. The American people need to be aware of this. The American people need to hear the voice of the only peace candidate running in the Republican primary: Ron Paul.

The Instrument of Power That Will Support U.S. National Interests

The neocons in Congress will assure us that we must resort to militaristic IOPs. But we of saner minds must ask ourselves, as Buchanan does, why? Why can we not exercise the power of diplomacy -- a power that Ron Paul advocates -- and a power that helped Kennedy avoid going to war with Khrushchev? The answer must be stated. Black ops and espionage have been viewed as far more effective in gaining for the neocons exactly what they want. Currently, Mikhail Saakashvili is the "favorite of Washington," which means that all the propaganda in the mainstream media will take the position of supporting Georgia in this conflict against the Ossetians and Abkhazians and against the Russians. Why do the neocons support Saakashvili? The answer is that Saakashvili serves the neocons' Imperialistic interests -- hegemony in the Middle East (Dawson).

Using the diplomatic Instrument of National Power would help alleviate the stress that currently permeates the Middle East, due to American occupation there. Currently, the U.S. has strong economic interests in the Middle East, interests that touch upon all countries located there including Georgia. Those interests are strongly tied to oil pipelines like the BTC line belonging to BP: "Because of politicking, logistics, and investment, pipelines can easily take a decade or more to construct, as was the case of the BTC line running from the Caspian via the capital of Azerbaijan, Baku, to the capital of Georgia, Tbilisi, on out to Ceyhan, a port in Turkey" (Dawson). As Dawson states, "the largest importers of oil from the BTC line are Italy and Israel," so it is not surprising that when the line was refitted to go through Georgia, rather than Armenia ("the more direct route"), American-Israeli interests would be compelled to support Georgia in its conflict with the Ossetians (Dawson). It should be brought to the attention of the American people that their representatives in Congress are serving an interest other than the people's: they are serving the oil men and the Israelis -- the same Israelis who have left bloody fingerprints all over 9/11.

But Ryan Dawson makes plain that "pipelines are a political weapon" and that Mikhail Saakashvili "promoted the BTC agreements and also pushed to join NATO" (Dawson). What we see in our Senators' support of Georgia and its so-called fight for "democracy" is really nothing more than a political-economic push for power. Weave into this game the ingredients of false flag operations, like the one where "Georgia president Saakashvili pulled an embarrassing stunt with Poland's Kaczynski whereby they claimed Russia shot at their car as they were driving to the South Ossetian border late at night…[before] Polish security forces [finally admitted] it was staged by Tbilisi" (Dawson), and you begin to see how all the different pieces fit together. The Taliban (America's current excuse for an enemy) was nothing more than a cell propped up by our own Central Intelligence Agents in order to subvert Middle Eastern states troublesome to certain political-economic interests. When the perpetrators behind 9/11 and the warmongers needed a fall guy, they found him in Bin Laden. He has been this century's Lee Harvey Oswald -- and the circumstances surrounding his participation in 9/11 are as dubious as Oswald's in Kennedy's assassination.

All of these elements indicate that we are lacking sorely in diplomacy. Rather than talk to nations and attempt to negotiate, we use subversion, deception, and militarism to pursue certain objectives that benefit only a select few. Yet those select few convince a great many that their objectives are equitable to our own. Supporting Georgia benefits Israel. Sending American troops to several countries in the Middle East to eradicate terrorist cells benefits…Israel. The billion dollar embassy in Baghdad is a drain on the American economy -- and men like Ron Paul know it. Ron Paul also understands the need for diplomacy and knows that diplomacy can save lives. He places a value on American life and places the lives of Americans before the objectives of a select few, namely the money men, the oil men, and the Zionists.

Security, Values, Prosperity, and International Order

Our security as a nation may well rest upon our ability to exercise diplomacy in all matters that arise with foreign nations. The militarism of the U.S. In its mission to eradicate "terrorism" has made us less secure as a people. View the TSA pat downs, the invasive reach of Big Government that puts Orwell's Big Brother to shame, the murder of American citizens by predator drones, the passing of legislation that permits the indefinite incarceration of American citizens suspected of terrorism and strips them of their Miranda rights. Our security has been destroyed by suspicion, rhetoric, and fear: diplomacy based on truth is our best option out of this mess.

Likewise, our Values are at stake. We risk becoming… [END OF PREVIEW]

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