Ron Paul and Chris Kyle: The cost of the truth

For 30 years Ron Paul has been speaking the truth, and his recent tweet about Chris Kyle is no different.  Photo: Michael Jaeger

NEW YORK, Feb 7, 2013 ― Earlier this week, former Representative Ron Paul (R-TX) showed us once more why he failed to win the office of the Presidency: He continues to tell the truth.

Dr. Paul upset the world once more in a tweet regarding Chris Kyle, a highly decorated US Navy SEAL. Kyle and his friend were tragically killed at a firing range in Texas this past weekend. Paul tweeted: “Chris Kyle’s death seems to confirm that ‘he who lives by the sword dies by the sword.’ Treating PTSD at a firing range doesn’t make sense.”

The reaction to this comment has been typical to many other comments Dr. Paul has made in the past: venom and disgust.

Even followers of Dr. Paul are at odds with the seemingly insensitive comment. Many followers voiced their displeasure in discussion comments or tweeted back their sentiments. Only a few comments on Paul’s twitter pager backed up his position.

This case isn’t the first time a decorated combat veteran has survived countless firefights in Afghanistan or Iraq just to be killed senselessly at home, and as long as we are fighting wars it won’t be the last. The effects of war ripple through time and space like a drop of water on a still pond, and these ripples are far-reaching. This ripple highlighted that there was a tragic, cosmical irony at play in that Chris Kyle survived four tours of duty in Iraq, but would die on American soil while helping a fellow soldier. This is the tragedy that Paul is describing; the unintended consequences of war.

While Paul came off cold and callous, is he right in saying what he said? If we live and die by the sword, isn’t it natural that the sword can cause unintended death?

If the US hadn’t been involved in Iraq, Eddie wouldn’t have post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and Chris wouldn’t be the highest achieving sniper in US history. Is it safe to say that Chris would not have written a best-selling book, nor created a foundation to help treat soldiers afflicted with PTSD? Is it safe to assume that if the US hadn’t got involved in Iraq, Chris Kyle and Eddie Routh would have never met?

As we have seen recently at Aurora and Newtown, it is prudent to ask if it is safe to let a mentally unstable person handle a loaded firearm. If it’s not safe, perhaps Eddie should have watched safely from a distance as he was slowly reintroduced to the sounds and smells of war as part of his PTSD therapy. 

Dr. Paul’s comment reeks of frustration more than callousness. He knows Chris Kyle is a hero and didn’t deserve to die as he did. More importantly, he believes both Chris and Eddie deserved peaceful lives, without war. It’s these senseless killings that Dr. Paul is against, and with surgical precision, he knows the cause of the illness and tells it like it is. Once again, he focuses on treating the cause instead of the symptom.

This is the way Dr. Paul speaks, and he’s not a sugar-coater. This holds true for foreign policy, monetary policy, government spending, and domestic issues. This is the trait that got him “put in the corner” during the last presidential election cycle. No one wanted to hear about opening a dialogue with Iran. Everyone wanted (and still wants) to bomb them. 

Chris Kyle lived and died with honor, valor and courage. Dr. Paul has lived by those values for more than 30 years by often being the lone voice of reason in Congress. It takes courage, valor and honor to defend and protect the Constitution when no one else wants or cares to. Today, Dr. Paul still lives by the truth, even though he knows his presidential campaign died by it.

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Mike Jaeger's column, Greater than Energy (">Energy") can be found under the Health and Science area of the Washington Times Communities and he has been writing this column since July of 2012.  He occasionally writes pieces on economics and politics as well.  He has expertise in energy, energy markets and energy production and holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Applied Science and Technology in Nuclear Engineering Technology.


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