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Pierce writes: "Any chance we get to hear Paul Ryan, the zombie-eyed granny starver from the state of Wisconsin, talk about foreign policy, the area in which Joe Biden literally laughed him out of the campaign in 2012, is one that we never should pass up."

Paul Ryan. (photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images)
Paul Ryan. (photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images)


Paul Ryan's Latest Speech Said One Thing: He's Running

By Charles Pierce, Esquire

22 March 16

 

He took the stage at AIPAC, and he began courting delegates from the great state of Florida.

ll three of the remaining presidential candidates got the prime speaking slots Monday night at the annual AIPAC policy conference, to which we were not invited, alas, although that seems to have been somewhat epidemic. But any chance we get to hear Paul Ryan, the zombie-eyed granny starver from the state of Wisconsin, talk about foreign policy, the area in which Joe Biden literally laughed him out of the campaign in 2012, is one that we never should pass up. (Remember when Ryan explained to us that, in Afghanistan, it snows during the winter? Gravitas!) Of all the barefaced pandering that went on yesterday, and Hillary Rodham Clinton was singing in tune Monday afternoon, the face of Ryan's pandering was the barest of all, and not just because he's lost the scruff he was cultivating a few months back. This was a guy doing more than rattling the saber. He was swinging it around his head until the air whistled. And, yes, this was a guy who's still thinking about being president, no matter how many non-facts he burbles out on the topic to various interviewers.

And, yes, on foreign policy, as is the case on economic policy, which I will continue to let Professor Krugman handle, Paul Ryan remains one of the biggest fakes we ever have seen. Let us begin and see where he leads us.

"To me, it is a lesson of history. For many years, we avoided what Thomas Jefferson called 'entangling alliances,' We were not as strong a country back then. And the great powers wanted to use us for their own purposes. There was no reason for us to play the pawn in their chess game. So we stayed out. That all changed in World War II. We learned the hard way that even if you don't go looking for trouble, it has a way of finding you."

Somehow, World War I, in which we certainly entangled ourselves in alliances, seems to have slipped Ryan's mind. Also, this formulation neatly elides the fact that the United States had been acting on its own, and quite imperialistically, for more than a half-century before Pearl Harbor. Probably because he wants to get to the Nazis and the Communists as quickly as possible, Ryan is trying to equate avoiding entangling alliances with isolationism. History shows that both can lead to the same bad ends.

"After the war was over, a new threat emerged: an aggressive and expansionist Soviet Union. The Soviets were setting up puppet regimes in Eastern Europe. They were aiming missiles at our friends in Western Europe. They were on the march in Asia and Africa and South America. And so we faced a choice. Either we could withdraw from the world, arm ourselves to the teeth, and make ourselves into a garrison state. Or we could pursue a forward-leaning defense. Create a community of free nations. Keep open the lanes of commerce. Build institutions that would foster cooperation. And that's exactly what we did."

And we overthrew elected governments willy-nilly, from Iran to Guatemala to Chile, and we killed countless millions of Asian peasants. And among the free nations with whom we were in community were Nicaragua under the Somozas and South Africa under apartheid. We continue.

"The threats are very different now. North Korea thumbs its nose at the world as it plays with its nuclear weapons. Iran openly backs tyrants and funds terrorist groups as it jockeys for dominance in the Middle East. An emboldened Russia is only too happy to try to reclaim its neighbors as client states. And with the rise of ISIS, an even deadlier strain of Islamist extremism has taken hold. Once again we face an aggressive militant ideology—with an assist from a gang of rogue states. And why is our relationship with Israel so important? Because in the fight against terrorism and proliferation, our interests are one and the same. For the terrorists, Israel is the first target, and we are the ultimate one. That's because we share the same values.

Yeah, he's running.

"Israel, like us, is a liberal democracy in a sea of authoritarian regimes. So when America helps Israel, both countries become stronger. Both countries are protecting our way of life.

Wait, whoa. The United States is "a liberal democracy in a sea of authoritarian regimes"? Why does Paul Ryan hate Canada so much? Or the U.K.? Or Ireland? Or the Finns, the Danes, the Swedes and the Norwegians? What is this man talking about? He's talking about delegates from Florida, is what he's talking about.

And so I want to leave you with this: I think we need to build a confident America. And the way I see it, a confident America does not shirk our commitments or shunt aside our allies. "A confident America does not distance itself from Israel or cozy up to Iran. A confident America keeps its word. It stands by our allies. It stands by Israel. Because that is what will keep the peace. That is what will keep us safe. That is what both of our countries need to thrive. "I know I just threw a lot at you. And you probably are thinking, 'What does a guy from Janesville, Wisconsin care about Israel?' But before I leave, I just wanted to say that there's actually a vibrant Jewish community in my state. And it's one that I'm very proud of.

Some of his best friends, you know…

Yeah, he's running. By not running, but he's running.

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+118 # RMDC 2016-03-22 14:12
Paul Ryan is a fucking idiot. Of course, that only makes him a perfect candidate for the republican party presidential ticket.

He just does not know that Friedman, Ayn Rand, Hayek, von Mises were all con artists employed by global corporations to twist history, political theory, and economics so that a generation of zombie kids like Ryan would have no ability to understand the world. Ryan's understanding of socialism and society comes free these intellectual whores. He worships them as gods.

Most people go through an Ayn Rand and Friedrich Hayek phase in high school and then grow out of it as they become adults and begin to see the complexity of society. Not Ryan. He came out of school and got a job selling Oscar Meyer wieners. He drove the Winermobile. Nothing has changed - he's still driving the weinermobile and selling an industrially produced food-like product to humans, mostly kids like himself.

I can't stop asking myself everyday, "how low can the republicans go." We have Trump, Cruz, Sarah Palin. Paul Ryan would be a plunge even lower. Is there any bottom to the republican party quest for the white house? I guess the dumbing down of Amerikkka is really racing to the bottom now.
 
 
-5 # Crumbling Empire 2016-03-22 16:34
BILLARY. I think a lot of Ryan's statements above, RMDC, could have been said by Big Business Billary, and probably have been.

ZOMBIE-NOT. Ryan to me is no idiot and no zombie - just the opposite. Like Hillary, he is a shill for the Military Industrial Complex and he also is a champion of Trickle Down Reaganomics.

RYAN AS A CANDIDATE. I would find him the Republicans' most formidable candidate, IF I believed Americans could handle someone with intellect and intelligence. Many Americans, to me, instead want to have a beer with their President, like W, or a jingoistic retaliatory President, like Cheney or Trump, and not like Gore or Adlai Stevenson.

IQ. So while I believe Ryan has way too much IQ for the American voter, conflating his horrible military-suppor ting, fear-mongering and jingoistic policies with stupidity underestimates his intellect and knowledge, IMO.

BILLARY REDUX. Finally, what of his statements above don't blend well with Hillary's policies?

Thanks.
 
 
+12 # JSRaleigh 2016-03-23 11:52
Quoting RMDC:
Is there any bottom to the republican party quest for the white house?


In a word, NO!
 
 
0 # Spinmeround 2016-03-25 05:23
I would not be so quick to condemn Hayek and von Mises as being the great allowers of rampant capitalism. Hayek's theory was about Free-entry markets, which is not at all what modern, monopolistic capitalism is about. Now all they want to do is shut the door as fast as possible on anyone else getting in. This includes employees getting a slice of any kind of cake. Reagan and Thatcher used Hayek as an alibi, who they did not understand anyway, at the behest of the great corporations, who decided that that the great New Deal style giveaway was done and dusted. They want 'their' money back. The population only has two arms it can use and they are education allied to information. They should be enough.
 
 
+50 # Candie 2016-03-22 15:20
The GOP is scraping the sludge off the bottom of the barrel!
 
 
+37 # RMDC 2016-03-22 20:14
candie -- about 10 years ago, the folks at PRwatch.org put out a book called "Toxic Sludge is Good for You." They looked at the marketing campaigns behind the use of sewer sludge as fertilizer for farm fields. The sludge sellers said it was good for us and good for soil. I guess the republicans are now in the sewer sludge business. I wonder who else they will find down there with Paul Ryan and the ghost of Ayn Rand with the skeleton of Frederich Hayek.
 
 
+5 # janla 2016-03-23 15:26
Ryan also explained that his categorizations of Americans as 'takers' and 'makers' was off the mark (I think he actually said wrong) now that he's had a chance to learn more about 'the face of poverty.' He's running.
 
 
+65 # RSN rocks 2016-03-22 22:45
And out of all the Prez candidates at AIPAC -- who is NOT there?! BERNIE!!! Such a slap in the face to the worst political lobby we've got (NRA a close second) that pulls us around by the balls and dictates our Mideast foreign policy! Bernie is the ONLY candidate that will stand up to AIPAC and the right wing Israeli government, demand equal rights for Palestinians, and fight to end Israeli apartheid!!!
 
 
+2 # bmiluski 2016-03-23 17:21
Hold on a minute RSN....Bernie WAS invited but declined and instead campaigned in Arizona.
 
 
+19 # Shades of gray matter 2016-03-22 22:57
Israelis and their supporters will presumably be attentive to who can win, who will not destabilize the Mideast, not who throws around the most red meat and cheap steaks. The panderers were actually very condescending, even insulting.
 
 
+37 # elkingo 2016-03-23 00:58
Just where DO we get these smarmy, visionless, compassion-free , self-involved, narcissistic little ideologue twits? This is the next gen. of the tendency since Reagan, through Clinton, through the Bushes, that has corrupted history itself - in the drive toward insanity and extinction.
 
 
+18 # thekidde 2016-03-23 08:31
Paul Ryan is like a fart in the wind: smelly, but soon gone.
 
 
+13 # reiverpacific 2016-03-23 10:52
Quoting thekidde:
Paul Ryan is like a fart in the wind: smelly, but soon gone.


And about as welcome as a fart in a diving suit!
 
 
+10 # kerwinskeepers 2016-03-23 11:51
That's about as good a zinger as I've ever come across! Poignant, actually.
How about we send him a diving suit with our best wishes to "have a gas" on us.
 
 
+7 # DD1946 2016-03-23 12:31
"All three of the remaining presidential candidates got the prime speaking slots Monday night at the annual AIPAC policy conference, to which we were not invited, alas, although that seems to have been somewhat epidemic."

UH? Aren't there FIVE candidates running at this point? And all were there with the exception of Sanders?
 
 
+9 # Firefox11 2016-03-23 15:43
Quoting DD1946:
"All three of the remaining presidential candidates got the prime speaking slots Monday night at the annual AIPAC policy conference, to which we were not invited, alas, although that seems to have been somewhat epidemic."

UH? Aren't there FIVE candidates running at this point? And all were there with the exception of Sanders?

Thus, we can see why the U.S. is #35 in Math in world ranking.
 

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