Mainstream press sniggers at Ron Paul’s antiwar message

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Last night I heard several more mainstream voices trashing Ron Paul for his spectacular anti-war comments in Iowa the other night–when he said the runup to war with Iran was reckless and could lead to another million dead, and Iran has good reason to want nukes– and a couple of those voices were liberal! First neoconservative David Brooks on All Things Considered last night:

And then, Ron Paul really had a bad debate. People like the fact that he’s forthright, but the Iran foreign policy, which is a more Libertarian foreign policy, is really unpopular in a socially conservative state like Iowa.

Is David Brooks really reflecting the attitudes of Iowans? Or is he reflecting his own neocon agenda, his desire for an Establishment candidate, and yes, his attachment to Israel: a place he has visited many times, about which he is “gooey-eyed”?

Then on Hardball last night, host Chuck Todd scoffed that if Ron Paul wins the Iowa caucuses, this will alarm the Washington “elites” to the point that they’ll get rid of this long-complained-about nominating system. John Heilemann of New York and USA Today’s Susan Page laughed along with him. 

Not one of these people said a respectful word about the antiwar agenda of Ron Paul. And this is a demonstration of the moral wanting of the left. Occupy Wall Street has done very little to push the antiwar issue; and here comes a politician with populist charm raging against the Patriot Act and drones and saying Muslims are angry at us because we’re bombing their countries, and the liberal Establishment won’t go near him. For the same reason that the Republican Jewish Coalition didn’t invite him to its forum: he is considered out of the mainstream on the Israel issue.

When this is actually a matter of life and death for some people. North Carolina Congressman Walter Jones went from a warmonger to a war-opposer during the Iraq war because of the condolence letters he was signing to soldiers’ families. Again, this story is about the complete detachment of the Establishment from the true costs of a disastrous war. During Vietnam the privileged young were at risk of being dragged off to Vietnam and they occupied university presidents’ offices. This time they don’t care.

Steve Walt has picked up on studies of the draft: the composition of the military affects the power structure’s willingness to launch a war. I have long cited Milton Friedman’s position (can’t find the book this morning) post-Vietnam uprising– that we had to get rid of the draft because it hamstrings the ability of our leaders to prosecute a war.

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My daughter has a friend who is the oldest of four children. Her mom has to take care of them while her husband goes on these ridiculously long tours in Iraq. Know how hard that is? Not seeing your husband for 15 months? Raising four kids by yourself in the interim?

None of these Establishment types know.

What a bunch of jerks.

I found it instructive as how Bret Baier, especially, went after Ron Paul three times and added ‘you’ll be running to the left of Obama on this issue’, in order to smear him on live TV as a leftie and a hippie to the republican base. Paul responded by saying that ‘yes, but it’s in the tradition of America, which is all that matters’ or something of the sort. Fox News have tried hard to… Read more »

I agree that the elite – conservative, liberal and whatever – is doing it’s best to discredit Ron Paul with all dirty means they have. I also agree that this is because he is antiwar and non-zionist – and what is overlooked here: a sharp critic of the FED. But I completely disagree, that drafts could bring the US on an anti-war course. It’s not the drafts which bring the US on an anti-war course,… Read more »

The mainstream press hates Ron Paul. That much is clear. But, what of the American people? If last night’s Leno show was anything to go by, a large segment of Americans are solidly behind him. It has been said that “The Tonight Show” has always reflected what America was thinking – even back to Carson’s days. We already know from the MSM’s own polls that the majority of Americans are anti-war. The MSM has chosen… Read more »