Monday, December 3, 2007

Caspar Weinberger Endorses Ron Paul?

“Declare war...fight it."—Ron Paul

United States Secretary of Defense Captain Caspar Weinberger (a WWII intelligence officer) distilled the lessons of the Vietnam War into the Weinberger Doctrine. US Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and Secretary of State General Colin Powell (a Vietnam War infantry officer) later discussed similar points now known as the Powell Doctrine. Both doctrines relearned the classic lessons of Sun Tzu and Carl von Clausewitz.

The lessons were supposed to make sure that Vietnam happened “never again” (list copied from Wikipedia):

  • Is a vital national security interest threatened?
  • Do we have a clear attainable objective?
  • Have the risks and costs been fully and frankly analyzed?
  • Have all other non-violent policy means been fully exhausted?
  • Is there a plausible exit strategy to avoid endless entanglement?
  • Have the consequences of our action been fully considered?
  • Is the action supported by the American people?
  • Do we have genuine broad international support?

Ron Paul’s declare-it-fight-it-win-it policy is not only Constitutional but is based on centuries of strategic wisdom and embodies the lessons of Vietnam.

Captain Ron Paul’s national security policy is in good company with the strategic lessons of Captain Weinberger, General Powell, Sun Tzu, and Major General von Clausewitz.

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