‘A Traditional Non-Intervention Foreign Policy’: Ron Paul at Johns Hopkins

Eric Garris, September 08, 2007

The prestigious Johns Hopkins Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) in Washington, D.C., has invited Ron Paul to make a keynote policy address on September 11.

This is a very significant event, showing that Paul’s views are being taken seriously by elements of the political and educational establishment.

The event is open to the public, but you must RSVP (see below).

“A Traditional Non-Intervention Foreign Policy”
11 a.m. to Noon – Kenney Auditorium, Nitze Building
Ron Paul, Republican congressman and 2008 presidential candidate, will discuss this topic.
For more information and to RSVP, contact cpfr@jhu.edu or 202.587.3237.
Media who want to cover this event should register with Felisa Neuringer Klubes in the SAIS Communications Office at 202.663.5626 or fklubes@jhu.edu.




  • zenpiper

    This is a wonderful opportunity for Dr. Paul to explain, without being under fire from the opposition, his foreign policies: where has the U.S. gone wrong, and how can it be remedied?

    I suspect it will be a memorable, uplifting and ultimately hopeful address.

    I am hopeful that someone at Hopkins will record it and make the address available on YouTube or Google.

  • Steve

    The architects of government interventionism – foreign and domestic – are Lincoln, Wilson & FDR.

    Lincoln gace us Civil War, a million US citizens dead and destroyed much of the Constitution

    Wilson – WWI, 20 million dead, The (unconstitutional) Fed, Russian Revolution, League of Nations and the Palestine mandate

    FDR – WWII, 65 million dead, New (unconstitutional) Deal aka Corporate Socialism (Fascism), the Soviet Empire, the UN and Israel

    All of them were disasters for the Consitution, the country, and the world.

    And now we have Jorge Boosh dancing on the grave of the Constitution his political forebears destroyed. Well, I guess Bush’s forebears would actually be the advocates of violence as the only possible solution to the world’s problems – Marx, Lenin and Trotsky – the NeoCons idol.

    Let’s elect a Peacemonger, not a warmonger. Their BS is not selling anymore.

    • Dennis Spain

      Give ’em hell, Steve. Nice succinct accounting of the State’s atrocities.

    • Marycatherine Barton

      Thank you so much, all. I sure as heck ain’t buying their bs anymore, but the harder Paul runs, the more they try to sell the same old bs.

  • Maeve

    The most important thing about this speech is that it is happening at all. But in the long run Dr. Paul’s text will be what is remembered. I hope we can get copies of his text, him speaking (mp3 file) and the video (via YouTube or something).

    His words already spoken on the floor of the USA House of Representatives stand as a testament against the globalist, corporatist world domination goals of the neo-conservatives and the so-called ‘liberal mainstream’.

  • Steve S.

    This sounds like something C-Span should cover. Anyone know if it is on their radar?

  • kcscoops

    Everyone should send a big thank you to fox news, wallace and hume in particular, for the big boost their yellow jounalism is giving the good Doctor.

    The campaign is deluged with media invites. Everywhere you look people are talking about Ron Paul. Since the old media bobbleheads can’t seem to grasp the concept of blow back, perhaps this will serve as an excellent example for them to learn from…..nah, I doubt it. LOL Anyone hearing much out of the “three stooges” lately? Oh, that’s right, they’re over there on the sidelines. You just gotta love this don’t ya.

  • StewartW

    zenpiper wrote:

    “I am hopeful that someone at Hopkins will record it and make the address available on YouTube or Google.”

    StewartW responds:

    “Media who want to cover this event should register with Felisa Neuringer Klubes in the SAIS Communications Office at 202.663.5626 or fklubes@jhu.edu.”

    May I submit for someone’s consideration that they register with SAIS as a freelance journalist writing for one of the major blog sites, make a press pass, grab a video camera, sound recording equipment and go get a front row seat. I am an expat living in Panama or I would.

    This is probably one of the most important talks Dr. Paul will give. The whole world needs to see and hear it!!!! The future of this world as we know it depends on Dr. Paul and his message.

    Someone go for it,
    StewartW

  • John Campbell

    They could invite any candidate from any party, and they chose Ron Paul.

  • Bill Federkiel

    Ever notice how the educated are sometimes more susceptible to propaganda? Ever wonder why? It's because they over-estimate their own understanding..Another weakness is how they love it when the Emperor flatters them. ( They hate you because you're free and good and better-looking, etc..not because we topple their govts and prop-up the ones that do the bidding of our leaders )…They just can't see through it and at least a third never will…Which is why Cheney knows he can count on approx 35% support ( "plenty" ) for whatever they do..including Phase III of this neo-con mini-series..

  • David Lavender

    Dr. Paul has rekindled the fire of liberty that will soon become a raging inferno. A new age of freedom is upon us and the Gollum of emperial darkness is about to be politically rent asunder with the sword of truth. George Bush sacrificed life, liberty, and the Constitution for power, glory, and a legacy that he shall never have. Nothing would reestablish liberty and the character of these United States, than to see George Bush tried for treason and swinging from a hangman’s rope!

  • Bill Federkiel

    Good work fm Steve, but David be careful; don’t get too far out in front of the crowd..Yes; Lincoln, Wilson and FDR were probably the three worst presidents.
    If only the South had been allowed to peacefully secede it seems likely both countries would have been more inward-looking and less inclined towards foreign interventionism..
    Detractors of the South always mention the firing on Ft. Sumter but SC had already seceded so, technically, Ft. Sumter was then the property of the CSA…It was ironic to see some soldiers fm the South unfurl the Confederate battle flag ( the only American flag w/a Christian symbol on it actually ) since 140 yrs ago the CSA was invaded and occupied by a Republican president..
    The disdain shown towards Congressman Paul by Wallace was disgusting..The warped world-view of the neo-cons has become like a virus on the so-called right infecting all and ginning them up for more unnecessary war and bloodshed..Congressman Paul just needs to make a decent showing

  • Bill Federkiel

    —-sorry ’bout that..make a decent showing in all the primaries and hang on until the end..

  • http://www.antiwar.com/blog phillipd

    Its a trap, a setup, the “Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) at Johns Hopkins University” is a NeoCon breeding ground. This will very likely be an attempt to pidgeonhole Paul, or worse.

    http://tinyurl.com/yq9oyh

    • Robert Fallin

      I hope the Hopkins meet IS a trap. Mayor “Adolph Bullyani,” Fox’s “Chris Wallass,” “Brit Hubris” and “Sean Insanity”, and Governor “Mike Huckaster” all tried to clothesline Ron Paul and it BACKFIRED on them. I’m sure “Flush Rimjob” has tried as well. They are, each and every one, consummate establishment media icons: arrogant, obnoxious, condescending, self-serving and more than a little stupid. The uglier the attacks on Dr. Paul, the more determined his supporters will be to prevail.

  • richard vajs

    This is too good to last. Sooner or later, Ron Paul will mention the negative role Israel plays in the Mid East and then he will be immediately hooked off of the stage. Remember how great it was with Howard Dean until he had the audacity to suggest ” a more even-handed Mid East policy”.

  • http://www.mindbodypolitic.com Lila Rajiva

    The Nitze school has a number of important hawks like Fukuyama and Eliot Cohen, as well as Brzinzinski, the Carter advisor who was the principal culprit behind the misbegotten policy with the world-wide mujahadeen. But the Nitze school also has many prominent area-studies departments that might be very sympathetic to Paul’s positions.

    It would be a mistake to see this invitation solely as a trap. Hopkins (I studied there)is like any large university; it has its share of free-thinking individuals. Fukuyama himself has jumped ship on Iraq. And it was a Hopkins study that first drew attention to the deaths of Iraqi children from the sanctions.

    If you notice, Walt and Mearsheimer’s book on the influence of the Israeli lobby is now a top seller at Amazon. That may be an indication that the realist camp of foreign policy thinkers in the academy has had it with the more overtly hawkish group….. for whatever reason. The invitation to SAIS may be further proof of that rift, although of course, one can never be entirely sure of these things.

  • http://www.mindbodypolitic.com Lila Rajiva

    That’s Brzezinksi, sorry..

  • lester

    this speech should have been given 9/12/01 if not earlier

  • http://www.mindbodypolitic.com Lila Rajiva

    Just fyi and to be evenhanded,

    here is Eliot Cohen’s rebuttal of the Mearsheimer-Walt thesis:

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/04/04/AR2006040401282.html

  • http://www.independentindian.com drsubrotoroy

    Dr Paul needs to know he is walking into the Lions’ Den at Johns Hopkins SAIS. The Nitze School has been the real academic home of Paul Wolfowitz and his NeoCon friends for years.

    It well may be a trap — Dr Paul can expect to be politely but devastatingly attacked and should have answers ready.

    Eg if he says, follow the Constitution, they will say times have changed;

    if he says bring the troops home, they will say, don’t you know America has interests abroad?

    etc etc.

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  • Kate

    The audio’s up here: http://www.sais-jhu.edu/

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  • James H. Allen

    IRAQ WAR-POSITION PAPAER
    As kids, we learn very early on in school and at home that we are to be obedient and never to question “God, Our Country, or Family.” We have been taught to believe that these three entities are too be trusted above all else. Indeed, it should be so, but alas, in today’s tumultuous times, we cannot rely on past paradigms, but we must now, if not challenge, at least look at each situation on a case-by-case basis and to become independent thinkers.

    I believe that if we think of the War in Iraq in the following medical terms-we can provide more Americans a better understanding of our dilemma in Iraq.

    Our invasion of Iraq is identical to a severe cut or bruise that we get when we fall down and injure ourselves. The surface area around that bruise will immediately go into a defensive mode, ensuring that no germs enter the area and our body will begin repairing the damage done. If the condition is more severe than that area can handle, other parts of our body, fluids, etc will begin assisting that area of need. If the situation worsens, and there is an invasion of germs and other microorganisms, parts of our body may even shut down, so that greater attention can be given to the battle between keeping our body healthy and the sickness that may occur.

    WE-as INVADERS, are the infestation to the BODY-IRAQ. Sure, we may use our military might to convince ourselves that we can win this WAR. But they (Iraqis) will and are prepared to die, before allowing invaders to come to their land and change their way of life. It is as it should be, it is a foundational principle. When our body goes into defense mode, ALL functions of our body, to the extent necessary, will work as ONE to contend with the invasion of microorganisms. Until ALL germs are eliminated or until death, will the body continue to fight. Such is life; such is the way of MAN.

    This present situation and our (American’s) arrogance can only be defined as a Pyrrhic affair (A victory achieved at great or excessive cost; a ruinous victory). It is as if we have a “WIN AT ALL COST” philosophy. However, those who are making these decisions are not the ones willing to put their own, or their love one’s life on the line. They are anxious and more than willing to send our young men and women who have not yet gain the experience of life, those who are looking to seek their own independence and moreover, those who do not understand the subliminal messages that are conveyed through the media that would make them want to prove themselves on the field of battle, to fight in a war that was doomed to fail before it began.

    We should revisit our selected President’s speech and declare victory as he expressed, “Mission Accomplished”. In his own famous words, “All major military operations will now cease.” Declare victory and leave! IN ADDITION, we must also appropriate funding to THEIR (IRAQIS) contractors to rebuild THEIR own cities in THEIR own way. AGAIN, if we use OUR contractors to do the job, the people will rebel. Is it possible for germs to assist in the repair of the body? I think NOT! Germs do not take ANY part in the rebuilding of the body. The body does all the work-gladly. However they decide to use the money, it is up to THEM – NOT US.

    I express this opinion not to degrade any efforts of goodwill that America has attempted to express. I certainly value the contributions that our armed forces have given. Nevertheless, it is unfair to continue further down a path of destruction without being true to the principles of ethics and the fundamental laws of nature. Bring the troops home!