Ron Paul (to be charitable) is an isolationist who believes that the basic problem with American foreign policy is, alas, America, whereas the lobbying group J Street seeks greater American pressure on Israel to compel it to make concessions to its enemies. On the surface, Paul and J Street appear to represent diametrically opposite ideologies. But they are unified in the realm of premises, in the belief that their own sides, America and Israel, are the essential troublemakers in the world. They differ only in the method of redemption.
Ron Paul took to the floor of the House on Thursday to announce his joining of the Hands Off Iran! coalition, which is united in mendacious opposition to a non-binding House resolution that calls for tightened sanctions on Iran. (Paul & Co. claim that this resolution demands a blockade of Iran, which would be an act of war.) Naturally, Paul quoted from J Street material which cannot even bring itself to endorse the meager UN Security Council sanctions that are already in effect on Iran. J Street instead calls for “smart, tough diplomacy,” although what that entails is never elaborated upon.
In his presentation, Paul also argues that Iran’s ballistic missile show on Wednesday was Israel’s fault, that Iran is not in violation of the IAEA or the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, and that Iran’s strategic goal is only the wish to defend itself from the real belligerents in the world, America and Israel. A marvelous presentation that should make J Street proud. Watch it all below.