Fight to Win! Army Officer Breaks Down Ron Paul’s Foreign Policy

1 Jan 2012
by Jonathan Welsh

The United States Government puts forth great investment in developing what has come to be recognized as the greatest military ever known to man. During this process for its Officers, there is not only the physical and technical skills training, there is also grand emphasis placed on becoming a historian of warfare and military matters. There is a baptism to war philosophers such as Clausewitz and Sun Tzu, as well as modern tacticians like Patton and MacArthur. In every battle analysis, story, and anecdote that was ever taught me in my military education, there was a common thread: Fight to win!

As a young, charismatic Infantry Platoon Leader, I can honestly say that I believed the aforementioned would be the case. Our government would utilize my Soldiers and me only when absolutely necessary, and would do so with the full wrath required to dominate on the battlefield. As I led my men in combat, I held onto this “faith” and did my best to ensure that my men felt the same way. But it would be that experience on the battlefield that would also lead me to realize that, in the world of our government’s foreign and defense policies, two plus two does not equal four. I would also learn that those appointed over me must have taken a different oath than my men and I.

Imagine, if you will, that an armed group of men kicks down your door in the middle of the night, destroys your house, and then tells you they are there to protect you. What would you do? I can tell you as an American citizen, as a man, and as a father, I would do everything in my power to get that group out of my home and away from my family, even if it meant death. That group would be violating every (God-given) right I am supposed to enjoy in this country.

Now imagine that you were sent to do the same thing to someone else in another sovereign nation, even though they had never done anything to harm you, nor supported anything their nation may have done. Sound familiar, like maybe Iraq or Afghanistan, or even early America? We have become the British Empire.


If you give credence to our system of higher education, a Political Science degree takes at least four years to achieve. With that degree, you may have a basic understanding of the principles of democracy or republicanism, but it would by no means make you an expert. While in Iraq, I served as a government liaison for two cities by day, and a door-kicking hunter by night. Kicking in doors and finding “targets” was easy. But teaching complex theory of democracy to a people who still wipe their ass with their hand is hopeless! I will tell you this, however: as uneducated and ignorant as much of the third world is, they are not stupid. They do know that they would not trade the rule of a domestic tyrant for the rule of another from across the ocean.


Our foreign policy continues on a failed path that has produced the likes of Korea, Vietnam, Iraq-Iran, Afghanistan, and now Syrian and Egyptian instability. Think back to the last war we won, World War Two. Our nation asked its men to come forward and serve, and a cross-section of America, draftees and volunteers alike, came forward and did what was asked. A couple of decades later came Vietnam. The government told its men to serve, and look who filled the draft slots. The services were filled with lower to middle class men, many from the South. These were the people the government labeled expendable, not the Gingriches, Bushes, Romneys, Clintons and other well to do ruling class and/or so called academics.

Now we have our modern wars, where the volunteer Army is filled with people who have decided to devote their lives in service to their country. Sure, there are some folks who honestly need a stable job, but most everyone who serves today knows they will be utilized, and serves with good intentions. These are the best our society has to offer. And how has the government utilized them? It has asked them to do an impossible task that generates neither increased safety for their country, nor provides any security for another nation’s assets, which are perhaps the only logical uses of warfare. Instead, we have devoted our soldiers to driving around performing Battle Drill 0- Movement to I.E.D.

We have squandered our nation’s much needed monetary assets, and given them away to foreign nations that have proved the only rule they will ever know is that of the sword. That money has also gone to the same men who pushed the war effort in the form of stock values and dividends (Haliburton, KBR, etc.). We continue to purchase “needed” weapons and systems from the military industrial complex with no intentions of ever using them. Can anyone tell me how much good a Paladin mobile gun platform is if it is never to be utilized? How about an MLRS? How about a base in South Korea that would be overrun in a matter of minutes? What is to be gained from this lunacy, besides the absolute destruction of our nation from the interior? We have already sacrificed many of our best citizens, our monetary assets, and our good name. Hell, gas isn’t even cheap! This is, by term, the definition of insanity.


There have been a few who have stood against this insanity for a long time. One of these men is Dr. Ron Paul. His foreign policy has been attacked and mocked by the media and members of the ruling class, and his view that our interventions do more damage than good is often laughed at. Yet, I can tell you in reality that he is spot on. I was rarely ever received with open arms while in a foreign country, unless there was something to be gained by those people (corruption rules the third world, big surprise). I was, however, asked to leave more times than I could count, and sometimes I was even shot at or bombed! As for closing our foreign presence down, Dr. Paul’s policy makes perfect sense. Take care of matters at home, hold our troops preciously, as they should be, and let those who yearn for freedom shed their own blood – no matter what they are up against – much like our forefathers did 235 years ago! All of that money dumped overseas, without positive results or stability, could be better utilized here (I am thinking national debt). Thousands of heartbreaking military funerals need never happen. There is no defense for the failed actions and results of the status quo. It’s time for radical change.

It’s time for Ron Paul to be our next President in 2012.

CPT(P) Jonathan Welsh served as an Infantry Officer assigned to 1-21 IN Regiment as a Heavy Weapon/Mortar Platoon Leader and Company Executive Officer during a 15 month tour in Iraq from Jan 2004 through Mar 2005. He is the recipient of the Bronze Star, three Army Commendation Medals, and the Combat Infantryman’s Badge. Jonathan served 5 years on active duty and was in the active reserve until his retirement in 2011. He holds degrees from Washington State University in Business Administration and Political Science as well as his Pre Law Certificate.



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13 Responses to Fight to Win! Army Officer Breaks Down Ron Paul’s Foreign Policy

  1. jamiso says:

    “let those who yearn for freedom shed their own blood – no matter what they are up against – much like our forefathers did 235 years ago!”

    So you are saying they should ask the French for assistance…like our forefathers did 235 years ago……..?

  2. jamiso says:

    Not for nothing, but you didnt seem to learn much about Korea in those college classes you took.
    How defending the RoK form a Stalinist invasion by the DPRK was a fail policy, I’m not sure.
    Personally one of things I was most proud of from my 10+ years in the army was defending that line on my “easily overrun base” with the “pointless weapons system”.

  3. jamiso says:

    Not for nothing, but you seem to have not learned anything about Korea in those college courses you took. How preventing the Stalinist DPRK invasion of South Korea was a failed policy I’m not sure.
    Personally one of the things I’m most proud of from my 10 years in the army was defending that line on that “pointless base” with the “pointless weapon system”.

  4. Terrie says:

    I Agree WELL SAID! Thank you for your service everyone. BE SAFE EVERYONE! ArmyTimes, pg 3 warns us to be careful and read Department of Defense Directive 1344.10, Army Regulation 600-20, or The Hatch Act, which covers civilian employees. We must be careful of not rallying against the elite in uniform or the POWERS that be threaten to take action against our few liberties that are left. The NDAA gave them the power to take any of us away to Gitmo or ??? Maybe the NEW FEMA CAMPS they have planned those for us? Since we can think for ourselves and protest the crimes against humanity, we need to be able to rally all of the troops and their relatives and their churches. Why do they not hear DR. RON PAUL speak the truth, WARN of the pending economic doom and no-one turns off the SUPER BOWL to see the future unfolding. Of my three brothers, only the youngest is a veteran and he is for Dr. Ron Paul, the other two brothers that did not serve, have had a life of State employee and railroad employee steady jobs, the worst they suffered was maybe a late paycheck or two, completely oblivious to the world of terror their younger brother has gone through. He suffers from PTSD that gives him night terrors and he can not function well in large groups so he can only work night shifts so he can sleep only when it is light, and then only an hour or so at a time, he wakes to check to make sure where he is. We must elect DR. RON PAUL for President of The United States of America! Bring our Troops Home SAFE before it is too late for the USA, Liberty and Freedom. I know there are 1,000’s and 1,000’s of men and women that suffer from war injuries, whether you can see them on the outside or not. The pain of what they experienced is beyond these elites ability to endure. I say don’t tax the rich more send more of their children to the front lines, lets see how fast they end the wars then. PEACE EVERYONE.

  5. JC Denton says:

    Well said, Cpt. Welsh. We need more officers, from all the service branches, to be as vocal as you, Col. Douglas Macgregor, and Generals Krulak and Hoar. War, is to be our very last resort, when ALL diplomatic channels have proven failure. And, war is to be waged, via the POTUS, only, and only when he is granted that function, from the CONGRESS, upon a successful vote and DEBATE, under Article I, Section VII of our Constitution.

    Semper Fi
    Cpl. USMC (1980-1986)

  6. Camery says:

    Thank you Jon;
    As a former Marine I had two tours of duty in Chu Lai Viet Nam. Now I am retired from the Postal Service. Ron Paul has more than 50% support in Iowa. We know this to be true but it is very likely that he will be kept in the single digits by those who are trying to steal his votes just as they did in 2008. We have almost 100% support from those in harms way and as a member of the color guard I am proud to honor those who serve as I did, some of whom gave their life. No matter the reason no member of the arm forces die in vain, but for those on Capital Hill, except for a few I will not leave my home to bury them. We need Ron Paul now. After this election will be too late. We need Ron Paul for our president and we need his son for vice president.

  7. Gary Canada says:

    Thank you, gallant soldier, for your Sacrifice, your Service, and your Support for a knowledgeable leader like Dr. Ron Paul. And God help us as the tyrany in the world and now in America consumes us. All we now have is our vote.

  8. To love our neighbor as ourselves is such a truth for regulating human society, that by that alone one might determine all the cases in social morality. John Locke Outstanding article Jon, manipulation of the people by the Government is in itself an act of war. Our troops join the service and die not for the Republic, not for liberty but for the control of mankind in the hands of a few.

  9. Kristi says:

    Well said. I hope people continue to share your writing and show what Ron Paul really believes.

  10. Georgia says:

    Beautifully stated, Jonathan.

  11. Sincere thanks for serving and stepping up for Ron Paul, your comrades, and fellow Americans

  12. tshang says:

    Exceptionally well written and thoughtful. Thank you.

  13. Johnny Storm says:

    Great article Jon. I couldn’t agree more. God bless you and thank you for your service. It really saddens me that our inept politicians keep placing our troops in harms way for no good reason. We accomplished nothing by taking over Iraq or Afghanistan. I served for 5 years and thankfully most of that time we were at peace. I did see the horrors of war in our brief war in Panama, Operation Just Cause and I was disgusted when I found out later why we really went. It was all to protect Bush’s dirty secrets Noriega had on him. CIA running drugs, laundering money, training the Contras, etc. Thanks again for your service and for posting this article. Just more proof that we support and need Ron Paul.

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