Former Confidant Eric Dondero on Ron Paul

Here’s an interesting blog post by Dondero, that takes Paul to task over his “simply outrageously horrendous views on foreign policy, Israel, and national security for the United States.”

I thought the most interesting revelation was Paul’s argument that the U.S. shouldn’t have gotten involved in World War II because “saving the Jews” was none of our business. The issue of whether and to what extent the U.S. should use its military resources for humanitarian causes is certainly a legitimate one. But the idea that the U.S. got involved in World War II to “save the Jews” bespeaks such a gross misunderstanding of history that one is left to conclude that Paul is either an ignoramus who has formed very strong views on foreign policy with very little knowledge to back them up, or that he is unusually susceptible to conspiracy theories, especially ones that involve Jews. The evidence suggests that the answer is “both.”

UPDATE: A commenter points out, correctly, that it’s not clear from Dondero’s statement whether Paul actually believed that the the U.S. got involved in WWII to “save the Jews,” or whether, instead, Paul expressed opposition to U.S. involvement in WWII, and then when challenged rejected the notion that such involvement was justified to save the Jews. Such involvement certainly wouldn’t have been justified on the latter basis, given that saving the Jews was, to say the least, not exactly a priority of the Allies’ leadership during the War, regardless of whether it was in fact “our business” or not.

So, I think I was too hasty to criticize Paul on the basis of Dondero’s statement. But Dondero’s statement is still very interesting.