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They use [the term Isolationist] all the time, and they do that to be very negative. There are a few people in the country who say, "Well, that’s good. I sort of like that term." I don’t particularly like the term because I do not think I am an isolationist at all. Because along with the advice of not getting involved in entangling alliances and into the internal affairs of other countries, the Founders said – and it’s permissible under the Constitution – to be friends with people, trade with people, communicate with them, and get along with them – but stay out of the military alliances. The irony is they accuse us, who would like to be less interventionist and keep our troops at home, of being isolationist. Yet if you look at the results of the policy of the last six years, we find that we are more isolated than ever before. So I claim the policy of those who charge us with being isolationists is really diplomatic isolationism. They are not willing to talk to Syria. They are not willing to talk to Iran. They are not willing to trade with people that might have questionable people in charge. We have literally isolated ourselves. We have less friends and more enemies than ever before. So in a way, it’s one of the unintended consequences of their charges. They are the true isolationists, I believe.”
  —Ron Paul
 Interview by Scott Horton, April 4, 2007

Tim Geithner: Debt Crisis Needs Stronger Efforts

WASHINGTON — Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner wants faster and bolder action to deal with the European debt crisis, and he’s calling that crisis the most serious risk to the global economy.

Geithner tells leaders of the International Monetary Fund that without more decisive moves, there’s a risk of domino-style defaults by European countries.

He says critical decisions cannot wait until the crisis grows more severe.

Geithner has a specific request for the European Central Bank, which serves as the central bank for the 17 nations that use the euro currency. He wants the bank to make sure that countries that are pursuing credible reform programs have access to capital.

The treasury secretary spoke to the IMF on Saturday.

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