Rand Paul’s foreign policy

The one “dove” among the current presidential contenders has been the libertarian, tea-party favorite Republican Senator Rand Paul.  A few weeks ago, he published  an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal that criticized both the Democrats and his fellow Republicans for their “interventionist” foreign policies.  He said that those who wanted to intervene  against the Assad regime in Syria would have been helping ISIS, which was originally one of the rebel factions that they wanted to help.  He says that President Obama, Hillary Clinton, and the “hawkish members of my own party” lack both foresight and hindsight.  And yet, Senator Paul is now saying that America must respond to the atrocities of ISIS by using force against them.  After the jump, read from both his op-ed piece on Syria and his latest pronouncements against ISIS.

You Randians, libertarians, and non-interventionists, does this change your view of him?  Or do you agree?

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“We don’t have a strategy yet”

Karen DeYoung and Dan Balz of the Washington Post give a litany of everything that has been going wrong in our foreign policy lately and marvel at President Obama’s admission that “we don’t have a strategy yet.” [Read more...]

Hillary Clinton breaks with Obama

Hillary Clinton played the role of a loyal soldier when she was Secretary of State, but now that she is not working for the administration and now that she is gearing up for a presidential run, she is harshly criticizing President Obama’s foreign policy, promising to be more forceful, proactive, and hawkish.  I wonder how the left wing of the Democratic party will take this. [Read more...]

Responding to Russia

The Obama administration has orchestrated sanctions against Russia for taking over the Crimea from Ukraine.  What we’ll do is target 11 individuals, freezing their assets and not letting them travel in the West.  That’ll  show ‘em!  These Russian officials won’t be able to come to Disneyland, and we know how much that means to them! [Read more...]

The consequences of weakness

Last week, President Obama gave a stern warning to Vladimir Putin not to intervene militarily in the Ukraine.  Whereupon Putin did just that.  We have had the “red line” that Syria dare not cross, dropping sanctions against Iran to encourage them not to  develop a nuclear weapon, “leading from behind” in Libya, dropping the missile shield in Eastern Europe at Putin’s request,  proposing cuts to the military, and on and on.  America today is projecting weakness, not strength, on the world stage.  The result is global instability and assertive authoritarians.

Even the Washington Post, that consistently liberal publication and a stalwart defender of the president, is exasperated at the administration’s foreign policy weakness.  An excerpt from an editorial on the subject after the jump. [Read more...]

The new isolationism

The Obama administration is throwing America’s weight around less and less on the world scene, and many conservatives are saying that America should just mind its own business and avoid, as George Washington recommended, “foreign entanglements.”  Is this revival of isolationism a good thing?  Consider Michael Gerson’s worries after the jump and see if you agree.  Or can we derive principles for when we should and should not get involved in  foreign entanglements?   [Read more...]


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