Former Rep. Ron Paul writes in his new book that “military personnel who march off to war are more victims and dupes than heroes.”
Paul — who twice ran for the Republican presidential nomination and whose son, Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky, is currently running for the nomination — released his new book Swords into Plowshares: A Life in Wartime and a Future of Peace and Prosperity last Friday.
“‘Service’ in our military to invade, occupy, and oppress countries in order to extend U.S. Empire must not be glorified as a ‘heroic’ and sacred effort,” Paul writes. “My five years in the Air Force during the 1960s did not qualify me as any sort of hero.”
Paul, who previously touted his military serve in his presidential campaign ads, writes that his thinking on his time in the military has changed.