Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Ron Paul Is Anti-Israel According To Former Aide

Ron Paul is definitely anti-Israel, at least so says Eric Dondero who worked with Paul (on and off) for 12 years from 1987 through 2003 as a Travel Aide/Personal Assistant, National Organizer, Campaign Coordinator and finally Senior Aide. There have been accusations resurfacing about Paul being anti-Semitic, a racist and homophobic- prompted by some newsletter articles published 20 years ago (which he claims he never read)- but according to Dondero, although Paul is not anti-Semitic, he is however anti-Israel.

In a statement posted on the 'Right Wing News' blog to set the record straight, Dondero says that in all the years he worked with Paul he never heard him utter any racist or anti-Semitic epithets, although he does admit he's definitely "out of touch" with Blacks and Hispanics. And though Paul has no problem with "American Jews", he is

"... most certainly Anti-Israel, and Anti-Israeli in general. He wishes the Israeli state did not exist at all. He expressed this to me numerous times in our private conversations. His view is that Israel is more trouble than it is worth, specifically to the America taxpayer. He sides with the Palestinians, and supports their calls for the abolishment of the Jewish state, and the return of Israel, all of it, to the Arabs"

As for being a homophobe, Dondero says:

"Well, yes and no. He is not all bigoted towards homosexuals. He supports their rights to do whatever they please in their private lives. He is however, personally uncomfortable around homosexuals, no different from a lot of older folks of his era."

The article really only criticizes his stance on Israel, and yet the usual pro-Paul drones are accusing him of lying, and Paul campaign officials are calling him a disgruntled ex-employee.

The former aide "has zero credibility and should not be taken seriously," Paul spokesman Jesse Benton told CBS. In a statement to CBS, the Paul campaign on Tuesday dismissed Dondero as a "disgruntled former staffer who was fired for performance issues."
Israeli/U.S. citizen, Dr. Leon Hadar (one of Paul's foreign policy advisers during his 2008 Presidential bid) seems to concur, saying that Paul is not anti-Israel nor does he advocate for the end of an Israeli state. Of course, Hadar simply advised Paul during one campaign year, and Dondero worked closely with the man for twelve years. What it all boils down to is the classic 'he says/she says', but it wouldn't surprise me at all if he was.

As for the newsletters he claims to have had no knowledge about until a decade later, one has to wonder.  Either he is lying and he's just trying to cover his proverbial behind, or he was stupid enough to allow newsletters to be published in his name without vetting the content.  Either way, he doesn't deserve to be the leader of this country.

Dondero's full statement, including anecdotes of Paul's discomfort with gays.

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