Free trade and diplomacy, not sanctions, are the answer to U.S. concern over the Middle Eastern nation’s developing nuclear weapons, Paul writes on his congressional website Monday afternoon.
And continuing the current sanctions or imposing new ones will lead the United States closer to war with Iran, according to Paul. “Sanctions were the first step in our wars against Iraq and Libya,” he writes, “and now more sanctions planned against Syria and Iran are leading down the same destructive path.”
Paul also writes that, based on the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, Iran should be allowed to develop nuclear energy, as long as it is for peaceful purposes. Besides, Paul adds, U.S. sanctions simply allow regimes to blame problems on the U.S., maintaining power for themselves.
His libertarian ideas—especially on foreign policy—are considered far out of the Republican mainstream. But Paul’s campaign so far has gotten the most donations from military personnel of all the 2012 candidates, something his team touts as a signal his foreign policy ideas are the right ones.
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