WASHINGTON - Former Congressman Ron Paul (R-Texas) writes in Tuesday's Townhall.com that America should stay out of Iraq and not intervene to assist the Iraqi army against the radical Muslim ISIS terrorists. The president said Monday he's sending in 275 special forces to defend American assets, but news Tuesday says the ISIS attackers slaughtered nearly 2000 Iraqi nationals over the weekend and may have gained control of U.S.-made Stinger missiles. Control of the Iraqi oil fields would be a prize for the radical Islamists whose stated goal is to make the Syria-Iraq region a caliphate under enforced Sharia law.
However, Congressman Paul, whose Libertarian principles are followed by a growing number in the Republican Party, remains firm calling for America to stay out:
Because of the government's foolish policy of foreign interventionism, the U.S. is faced with two equally stupid choices: either pour in resources to prop up an Iraqi government that is a close ally with Iran, or throw our support in with al-Qaida in Iraq (as we have done in Syria). I say we must follow a third choice: ally with the American people and spend not one more dollar or one more life attempting to re-make the Middle East. Haven't we have already done enough damage?
The rest of Paul's comments at Townhall.com.