In 1783, when it took a month or so to travel from the US to Europe, military isolationism made sense. We could afford to ignore what was going on in europe. Although even then, the Barbary pirates proved we needed to work with other nations and defend ourselves overseas. But these days, when ballistic missiles can travel from one side of the earth to the other in less time than it takes for dominos to deliver a pizza, its unrealistic and dangerous.
Don't get me wrong, I agree that we went in to Iraq under false pretenses. Of course, thats hardly the only war we went into under false pretenses. Both the mexican and spanish american wars were committed to under false pretenses and this was well before any of those entangling European alliances. Its the quality and competence of our leadership that matters, not NATO or our alliances. Those alliances are important, because they give us a mechanism to act in concert with other nations against potential future threats. But the choice on whether or not to go war still comes down to the competence of our leadership. We didn't go into Iraq because of NATO or the UN. In fact, those entities tried to restrain us. But Bush II was incompetent and unqualified to be president of the US, and made bad choices all by himself. As bad as Bush II was, I trust Ron Paul even less to be able to make the tough decisions.
I don't have time to continue this debate, because I have to go meet with the rest of the trilats and plan the next black helicopter op, but feel free to carry on.
our "presidents" really have nothing to do with all of this. they're more or less the PR man for the powers that be. Paul is one of the only politicians to be trusted in this country. Every president we've had since Kennedy has been bought and paid for, and only serve the interests of their masters - this goes for most of congress as well, and its career politicians. tony blair and the UN were pro us going into iraq. the middle east is the perfect arena for a never ending false war, and our quest to spread "democracy" around world.
our leadership knows exactly what they're doing. and no, our leadership is not obama or dubya.