[COLOR=#1f497d][FONT=Calibri]He has since clarified his statement.
Now, regarding his original statement, I believe he was saying Chris Kyle was in a sense a casualty of the war in Iraq, even though he died after coming home from the war rather than on the battlefield. He was killed by a veteran suffering from PTSD due to the war. No, it doesn’t make sense to take someone with this condition to a range, but I believe Paul was reflecting on it being a shame and thinking about how it could have been prevented.
The PTSD was induced to Kyle’skiller during a war in which there was no constitutional declaration, yet, there was much to gain by politicians involved in promoting and encouraging war in Iraq. Members of PNAC stated to attack Iraq, all they needed was another Pearl Harbor for an excuse. 9-11 provided this opportunity and members of PNAC who became members of Bush’s cabinet tried to talk him into invading Iraq even before going after Al-Qaeda in Afghanistan. Again, there was much to gain for invading Iraq. Primarily, Dick Cheney, who made millions from a subsidiary company of Halliburton who received contracts in Iraq without bidding. So, I believe Paul’s point is tragedies such as Chris Kyle’s murder could have been prevented if kids didn’t suffer from PTSD due to their experiences in an undeclared war which was waged by politicians who are more concerned with money making defense contracts more than our national security.
Now, I do believe Paul should have clarified in detail in the first place and have not made a statement so soon if it would contain a message regarding policy. But, remember, if you support the military and our troops, Ron Paul is not your enemy. He wants troops to be used only for defense of this country and with a Constitutional declaration, rather than sending kids off in hot zones for more than a decade to put their lives on the line for fat cat defense contractors who are politically connected.
Also, remember, Ron Paul received more contributions while running for the candidacy than all other Republican candidates combined. He is also a veteran. How many war profiteers actually shouldered a rifle? Most of them spent a great deal of time and effort avoiding military service, but have no problem sending in kids now.