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WSJ: Iraq War Poses a Test for Rand Paul

GOP Senator's Stance Widens Gap Between Him and Other Possible 2016 Hopefuls

By Beth Reinhard | June 27, 2014
The Wall Street Journal

GOP Sen. Rand Paul went over his notes backstage before speaking at a conservative conference in Washington, D.C., earlier this month. Melissa Golden for The Wall Street Journal

The violence in Iraq is widening the foreign-policy gap between Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul and other potential Republican candidates for the White House, and testing the strength of the pro-defense wing that has long dominated the party.

Among Republicans weighing 2016 bids, Mr. Paul is the most skeptical of foreign entanglements and the only one blaming the current crisis in Iraq on the Bush administration's 2003 invasion, as well as on President Barack Obama.

By reviving the sensitive debate within the GOP over Iraq, Mr. Paul risks undermining his efforts to court his party's old guard and to distinguish himself from his father, former Texas Rep. Ron Paul, a leading critic of the war who ran for president twice. The senator's stance that the U.S. should stay out of Iraq also raises the stakes in his budding 2016 rivalry with Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, who is calling for airstrikes against Iraqi insurgent groups and their supply lines.

In a sign of the impending backlash to Mr. Paul's likely candidacy and to others who back his views, former Vice President Dick Cheney and his daughter Liz Cheney are launching a new organization to advocate for a strong national defense and an active role in world affairs.

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I would like to see Rand pick a fight with McCain

over the Ukraine civil war. There are many photos of McCain with the most insane and vicious nazis that could be imagined. NATO, far from being a defense organization is showing itself to be the world's chief aggressor.


Famous Quote from Justice William O. Douglas

"The Constitution is not neutral.
It was designed to take the government
off the backs of people."

Rand is right on the money:

"Mr. Paul is the most skeptical of foreign entanglements and the only one blaming the current crisis in Iraq on the Bush administration's 2003 invasion, as well as on President Barack Obama."

Nonetheless, Paul is better off to hammer Cheney and Rumsfeld over it, rather than Bush as not to alienate the base.

No harm there, Cheney and Rumsfeld are the Nixon holdovers and the evil masterminds anyways, and they are despised by even most Republicans.

Bush was just an idiot, no sense going after him, and it will accomplish nothing.

Mike Lee On Iraq

30:15 mark: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3wJS8jkSAe8

Peter Robinson quotes Mike Lee: "We cannot ask our men and women in uniform to engage in a military conflict that does not present a national security threat to the United States."

Sounds good, right?

But then:

Peter Robinson: "You've got Senator Paul, for example, who says the invasion of Iraq was a terrible mistake. Would you go that far?"

Mike Lee: "I don't think it's helpful or necessary to go back to past conflicts."

For Pete's sake why not, Senator? (That's me talking, not Peter Robinson.)
It seems as though no other Republican congressman will deign to speak ill of President Bush's actions in this arena.

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

Whats Rand going to do about

Whats Rand going to do about winning Iowa? The establishment is just licking their lips and just waiting for him.

wow Ron Paul ran for president twice?

I did not know that.

Don't feed the pandas. Ever.