Defending himself against charges of isolationism, Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul told voters in Iowa on Thursday that western sanctions against Iran are “acts of war” that are likely to lead to an actual war in the Middle East.
Paul, one of the leading contenders to win next week’s Iowa caucuses, said Iran would be justified in responding to the sanctions by blocking the flow of oil through the Strait of Hormuz. He compared the western sanctions to a hypothetical move by China to block the Gulf of Mexico, which Americans would consider an act of war.
He also said he would not respond militarily to keep the strait open—because he would not consider it an act of war against the U.S. But if he were president, he would report to Congress on the issue, leaving it up to lawmakers to declare war if they wanted.
“I think we’re looking for trouble because we put these horrendous sanctions on Iran,” Paul told a midday audience at the Hotel Pattee in Perry, Iowa. He said the Iranians are “planning to be bombed” and understandably would like to have a nuclear weapon, even though there is “no evidence whatsoever” that they have “enriched” uranium.
Apparently alluding to Israel and its nuclear-weapons arsenal, Paul said that “if I were an Iranian, I’d like to have a nuclear weapon, too, because you gain respect from them.”
The Iranians threatened to shut the Strait of Hormuz yesterday, an act that would choke the flow of one-sixth of the world’s daily oil supply. It’s pretty clear from the above that a President Paul wouldn’t do anything about it. At least the current administration bothered to issue a credible counter threat. On foreign policy, Ron Paul is to the left of the Obama administration.
If you like a depressed economy, paying around $10 a gallon for gas, and welcome the prospect of a nuclear armed Iran dominating the post-US influenced Middle East, then vote RON PAUL. He’s your man.