Tuesday Open Thread: Questions For Ron Paul Supportersby Doug Mataconis
I did this once before, but this open thread is meant to follow up directly on the post I wrote yesterday about non-interventionism and Ron Paul’s foreign policy ideas, which I follow-up on in another post today.
So, here goes:
1. What is the appropriate way for the United States to respond in the wake of a major terrorist attack committed by an organized group that is receiving shelter and support from a foreign government which refuses to turn over the leadership of said terrorist organization upon demand ? Is not the foreign government committing an act of war by conspiring with a known enemy ?
2. Should a private American company be permitted to sell technology capable of being put to military use to nations that are either openly hostile to the United States or have come to power declaring their desire to expand their revolution to other nations ? What about nuclear technology ?
3. Let’s say Ron Paul is elected President. All the troops have come home, and the Navy is busy patrolling the inland waterways. If the Islamic Republic of Iran decided to blockade the Straits of Hormuz and cut off the Persian Gulf oil supply for whatever reason, would the President be right if he sent the Seventh Fleet to break the blockade ? If not, why not ?
4. Same scenario. Only this time, the Peoples Republic of China is aiming 10,000 surface to
air surface missiles at Taiwan demanding it’s surrender. Would it be appropriate for the United States to send a naval flotilla to guard the island ?
Have at it.