The Ron Paul-George Soros Connection

No one would accuse Ron Paul of being pro Defense. We all know that. In fact, we know he was against the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq and probably wouldn’t have entered WWII.

But those Republicans who would overlook this in favor of his financial stance ignore his deeper and more troubling connections to George Soros.

Daniel Greenfield points out in an article in Frontpagemag.com that Ron Paul has been working with Barney Frank on a plan to drastically reduce the military’s power. They co-authored a piece in the Huffington Post called a “Sustainable Defense Task Force.” Together they pushed for a panel of “experts on military expenditures that span the ideological spectrum” who recommend a trillion dollars in defense cuts.

When you take a look at these “experts” it’s apparent they are not representative of an “ideological spectrum.” If anything, they represent a cross section of people from Soros funded ultra liberal groups.

Here’s a sample. First, there is William P. Hartung of the New America Foundation. He appeared in “Hijacking Catastrophe: 9/11, Fear and the Selling of American Empire.” Well that sounds like an open minded Truther, doesn’t it?

Then, how about Lawrence J. Kolb from the Center for American Progress and Miriam Pemberton of the Institute for Policy Studies. That group issued a paper “proposing that Obama act as king and rule through executive orders.” Reassured yet?

All of those are Soros funded groups by the way as is the National Priorities Project whose Christopher Hellman is also on its board with Ms. Pemberton. Their goal is to “influence national spending and priorities.”

Move on to Winslow Wheeler of the Center for Defense Information whose goal is to strengthen “national and international security through international cooperation and reduced reliance on unilateral military power to resolve conflict.” They get money from Soros’ Open Society Institute.

Charles Knight and Carl Conetta of Project for Defense Alternatives – a subset of the Commonwealth group and, you guessed it – a Soros funded group, are also on the panel. Paul Kawika of Peace Action, which used to go by the name of Committee for a Sane Nuclear Policy is on it. He’s also with Rainbow Warrior and Physicians for Social Responsibility.

Cut to the chase; 9 of 14 members are linked to Soros groups and two with the liberal Cato Institute.

Greenfield draws the conclusion that “Ron Paul proposed to put a bunch of Soros funded think tank experts in charge of dismantling the U.S. military.” Their recommendations include cutting nuclear deterrence; reducing the fleet by 57 ships, including two carriers; canceling the Joint Strike Fighter; severely curtailing missile defense; retiring four Marine battalions; reducing military personnel by 200,000; cutting defense research by 50 billion over ten years; and increasing health care fees for military people.

The author goes on to remember that Americans Against Escalation in Iraq, yes, an offshoot of MoveOn.org, ran an ad praising Paul’s stance against the war. “When Soros pays for an ad praising you during the Republican primaries and then you put his experts in charge of America’s defense policy, then maybe some questions should be asked.”

Quite.

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