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Iraq and Pakistan ambassador nominations held hostage by Rand Paul

Rand Paul holding down the fort!

By Josh Rogin

The standoff between Rand Paul and the Senate leadership over the Kentucky lawmaker's demand for a vote cutting off aid to Libya, Egypt, and Pakistan is threatening to derail the confirmations of new ambassadors to Iraq and Pakistan before the upper chamber leaves town.

Paul stopped all work on the Senate floor today over his demand for a vote on two amendments he is proposing to the veterans' jobs bill under consideration.

One amendment would withhold all U.S. aid to Pakistan until the Pakistani government releases Shakil Afridi, the doctor who worked with the CIA to help positively identify Osama bin Laden. Afridi was sentenced in June to 33 years in jail for treason.

The second would prohibit aid to Libya and Egypt until anyone involved in this week's attacks on U.S. diplomatic posts was arrested and transferred to U.S. custody.

Paul is objecting to unanimous consent on all Senate business until he gets his way, dragging out the process of taking votes for days.


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His ultimate goal might be to end all aid...

Perhaps, if passed, the result will be to cut off the aid - but it sets a precedent that if they do what we say, we will keep giving them the money.

Something about the whole thing doesn't smell right... do we keep making amendments on other bills that country X, to get its aid-money, has to do x,y, and z? What if the next Senator uses the threat in more interventionary ways? There is something inherently wrong with the idea.

Well, Senators already have

Well, Senators already have the power to use the threat in more interventionist ways. What Rand is doing is nothing to do with what Graham or Lieberman or Reid might do.

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Rand will never get Shakil Afridi released.

Rand better know what he's doing because he's treading on some dangerous ground here.

That doctor will get snuffed before they release him because it will blow the whole fraud of Obama getting Bin-Laden wide open.


"Shakil Afridi or Shakeel Afridi is a Pakistani physician who helped the CIA run a fake vaccine program in Abbottabad, Pakistan, in order to confirm Osama bin Laden's presence in the city by obtaining DNA samples.[1] Details of the doctor's activities emerged during the Pakistani investigation of the deadly raid on Bin Laden's residence.[2] He was arrested from Torkham border while trying to escape the country days after the raid.[3] On 23 May 2012, Shakil Afridi was sentenced to 33 years imprisonment for treason, initially believed to be in connection with the Bin Laden raid but later revealed to be due to ties with a local Islamist warlord Mangal Bagh.[4][5][6] Lawyers appealed against the verdict on 1 June 2012.[7]"

"Pakistani reaction

On 6 October 2011, the Pakistani commission investigating Bin Laden's death recommended that he be charged with "conspiracy against the state of Pakistan and high treason" on the basis of available evidence.[3] Pakistan seized Dr Afridi's assets. [31] Afridi's residence was sealed by Pakistani authorities and his family moved to an undisclosed location.[32] The 15 female health workers, that assisted Dr Afridi in the fake vaccination program, were also declared not fit for any future employment.[33]"

Huge cover-up.

November 6th 2012 I voted for Dr.Ron Paul
"We must remember, elections are short-term efforts. Revolutions are long-term projects." ~ Ron Paul

To All Those Rand Haters Out There

In your face! Get on the bandwagon now. When Ron goes, Rand is by far the best we have left. Don't hate because he's playing the game. As Denzel Washington said in Training Day, "The game's chess it ain't checkers!"

Its neither

It is just the truth and doing what is right.

"Let right be done."

...of course it won't because the lawyers are in charge lol

btw, a double minded man is unstable in all his ways or so I have heard. :)


Go Rand Go

If he wins this battle, it may be just the beginning.

"Bipartisan: both parties acting in concert to put both of their hands in your pocket."-Rothbard



It is NOT authorized in our constitution.

Although I'm plenty unhappy with Rand's pandering to Hannity and the GOP, if he somehow can end all foreign aid, then I'll forgive anything he's done which I don't like.

Ending ALL foreign aid is essential before even a mention of cutting the programs which Americans have been forced to pay into since child-birth.

But Paul Ryan is happy to 'start at home" and cut us out while giving away BILLIONS to foreign central banks and foreign leaders each year.

THAT is the height of treason against American citizens.

And Ryan wants to be VICE PRESIDENT???

He should be on the stand right now instead.

"We have allowed our nation to be over-taxed, over-regulated, and overrun by bureaucrats. The founders would be ashamed of us for what we are putting up with."
-Ron Paul