Republican presidential candidate and former Congressman Ron Paul released a video
on his campaign web site on Saturday that explores American history in the Middle East from the perspective of a militarized foreign policy agenda. Paul's rejection of American militarism is one of his key political platforms and is likely his most striking contrast with his fellow Republican presidential contenders.
The video was produced by grassroots supporters of the Libertarian-leaning candidate.
"This is a beautifully done grassroots video outlining the different aspects of Ron Paul’s foreign policy that some Republicans have trouble comprehending," Jack Hunter, Paul's official campaign blogger wrote. "If there is another terrorist attack it will be because America did not follow the foreign policy proposed by the Founding Fathers and Ron Paul. The reason there would even be another terrorist attack in the future would because America did not follow the foreign policy of the Founding Fathers and Ron Paul."
Ron Paul has received widespread support from members of the U.S. military and among veterans, and he has been very critical of hawkish U.S. politicians. In an interview with Fox News, Paul criticized former House speaker Newt Gingrich for his lack of military service and his aggressive militaristic tone, as CBS News reported
"He supports all of the wars in the Middle East, a thousand times more than I would, but you know in the 1960s when I was drafted in the military he got several deferments. He chose not to go. Now he will send our kids to war. But at that time he said that one person wouldn't make a difference. He didn't know how he could make a difference. So I see that as important information. People should know that. And it reflects on him," Paul told Fox News.
According to the latest Gallup poll
, Paul is currently in third place among the GOP presidential candidates, trailing Gingrich and Romney nationally.