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Posted: 10/17/2001 6:40:18 PM EDT
Here's a swell little article concerning my favorite libertarian Republican politician - Ron Paul-(R-TX) from the 14th District of Texas. It appears that the proposal for NATO planes to provide air cover of the Eastern Seaboard of the United States is a tad too much interference from those rascals from Brusells. See the article at:[url] http://worldnetdaily.com/news/article.asp?ARTICLE_ID=24967[/url] WASHINGTON -- Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas, today denounced the loss of U.S. sovereignty demonstrated by the use of NATO surveillance planes to patrol American skies. "For the first time in American history, we are unable to defend our own borders and skies," Paul stated. "National security is the most basic sovereign duty of the federal government in our constitutional republic. Neither Congress nor the president can cede that duty to a foreign nation or body. European pilots began patrolling U.S. skies today as part of a historic NATO deployment. Five Airborne Warning and Control Systems aircraft from a NATO base in Germany arrived at Tinker Air Force Base last week along with 180 crewmembers and support personnel from 13 different countries. This is the first time that NATO airplanes have ever conducted patrols over the United States. They are helping replace U.S. airplanes supporting the military action in Afghanistan. "We cannot allow the security of our own borders to become the responsibility of any coalition or international organization, whether it's NATO or the United Nations," said Paul. "The national security of the U.S. is the province of the American people -- and the American people only. It is tragic that our interventionist foreign policy has spread our military forces so thin. As a result, we find ourselves unable to deal with the legitimate military crisis posed by the September 11th attacks." The NATO flight crews can all speak English. The five airplanes look like U.S. AWACS planes except they carry NATO markings instead of U.S. Air Force insignias. While most of the NATO forces in Oklahoma are military, there are some civilians attached to the group. The NATO planes are helping with NORAD patrols that were instituted after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks in New York and Washington, and are also working in conjunction with the Federal Aviation Administration. The airplanes, which are crammed with sophisticated electrical equipment for surveillance, are able to monitor battles on the ground or threats in the air. "How much longer can we continue to defend so many other nations, but not our own?" Paul asked. "The United States has sufficient military might to provide for national defense and conduct the war on terrorism in the Middle East, but only if our forces are not deployed in hundreds of countries around the globe. The stunning delegation of our national air defense to foreign forces marks a sad day for America," Paul concluded. "The war on terrorism provides us with an opportunity to strengthen national unity, but we must begin by reaffirming American sovereignty and defending our own borders." [b]BY GOD, I THINK HE'S ON TO SOMETHING HERE![/b] Eric The(Well,YouKnow)Hun[>]:)]
Link Posted: 10/17/2001 6:46:13 PM EDT
Tell me this. If they are supposed to patrol the eastern seaboard, why the HELL are they based at Tinker? Something smells and it aint just jet fuel.
Link Posted: 10/17/2001 6:49:11 PM EDT
Here's the NATO Website that talks about its historic deployment of NATO planes under Article 5 of the North Atlantic Treaty! [url]http://www.governmentguide.com/govsite.adp?bread=*Main*&url=http%3A//www.nato.int/[/url] Eric The(WakeImbroglioUp!He'llEnjoyThis!)Hun[>]:)]
Link Posted: 10/17/2001 6:53:05 PM EDT
Having NATO AWACS help us out by patrolling our coast is a loss of soveriegnty? That's a stretch. Not Libertarian, just weird.
Link Posted: 10/17/2001 7:08:54 PM EDT
What is the next step? Blue berets patrolling our streets? Our rights are were slowly taken away from us, first non-military firearms, then the gun control act, then the assault weapons ban, now a days it's handguns. We’re losing the 2nd, 4th, 9th, 10th, soon it will be the 3rd when we have to put up troops in our homes. I can hear the reasoning now, “well you weren’t bothered by the NATO forces that were in the country, why are you bothered by the UN forces that are here now?” Remind me; how do you boil live frogs?
Link Posted: 10/17/2001 7:58:14 PM EDT
I would much prefer that we just increase our troop strength back to 1988 Levels if not a little higher. Benjamin
Link Posted: 10/17/2001 7:58:59 PM EDT
Plus the media never gets a story completely accurate. And I have found the worldnetdaily to be less than accurate. Benjamin
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