Rand Paul's Chief Of Staff Clarifies Rand's Recent Israel CommentsSubmitted by A Real Conservative on Sun, 01/27/2013 - 19:29
"The questions asked of Senator Paul in recent days were regarding an unprovoked attack on Israel. In one case the question was regarding a nuclear attack on Tel Aviv from another state.
Senator Paul believes that if another country launched an all out war with Israel that the United States should and would assist them in some way.
He was not discussing any offensive or preemptive war, nor was he describing the skirmishes that come up from time to time in that region. He was discussing a hypothetical all-out attack on Israel by her neighbors.
Of course, he also fully believes that the power to declare war and therefore commit the United States to a war lies with Congress.
This is a point he has fought for often in the Senate. So he was speaking as one person. He does not believe the President has or would have the authority to commit the United States forces to defending Israel without the authorization of Congress.
Finally, if this is indeed the likely action of the United States in the event of an attack, stating so in advance is likely to lead to a smaller chance of such attack ever taking place, not greater as some have asserted. Senator Paul never has war as a goal or a preferred policy, only as a last resort."