I noticed Maggie’s post about American Muslims supporting Ron Paul. They might be another exotic demographic, along with 9-11 truthers, etc., Paul is trying to court or a natural constituency to what might be his deeply held foreign policy beliefs. I don’t know which one it is, but I have difficulty believing that a consummate politician like Paul doesn’t see how a nuclear mullah would be dangerous. He might have the luxury to posture and talk about treating the Khomeinistas the way we want them to treat us or whatevah because he’s just a Congressman who doesn’t have to act on the Iranian threat.
Here are a few fun facts about Paul’s 2008 foreign policy adviser Robert Pape. Pape is a student of John Mearsheimer of Israel Lobby fame. He’s a frequent contributor to the New York Times, was featured on antiwar.com and is a darling of Pat Buchanan. Ron Paul was not the only candidate Pape advised in ’08. The second was one Barack Hussein Obama. Terrorist-connected CAIR completes the list of Pape’s freinds — and usual suspects.
Attacking Paul on foreign policy issues might be a waste of time because we all know that he’s weak on foreign policy. The real scandal here is not that a Republican Presidential candidate who draws most of his support from Democrats and Independents had a foreign policy adviser with background like Pape’s, but that the current United States President had him as an adviser as well.