The Libertarian Cato Speaks in Forbes: Please Rand PaulSubmitted by RG on Tue, 08/19/2014 - 07:43
Doug Bandow is a senior fellow at the Cato Institute. A former special assistant to President Ronald Reagan. Doug has a wonderful way of summing up the 2016 Election with his article in Forbes. Bandow is accurate about Hillary and the Republicans who might run in in the GOP. The Cato's thoughts on Hillary:
"She consistently promoted a militarist policy in the Balkans and Middle East. She advocated war against Serbia, backed the Iraq invasion (a vote she repudiated only under political pressure in the 2008 campaign), and took a hawkish position on virtually every issue within the Obama administration: more troops for Afghanistan, continued military presence in Iraq, little compromise with Iran, war in Libya. While she mocked the president’s mantra of “Don’t do stupid stuff,” she spent her career doing just that.
Instead of offering an alternative leading Republicans are all in for war, more war, forever war. The dual donkeys of the apocalypse, Senators John McCain and Lindsey Graham, naturally have been advocating that America go to war in both Syria and Iraq. The two also are hardliners toward Moscow and Tehran—in 2008 McCain actually sang a little ditty about bombing Iran. The question is, where don’t they want to go to war or risk war? It’s hard to say."
The Cato compares former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, New Jersey’s Gov. Chris Christie, Florida’s Marco Rubio, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, Texas Gov. Rick Perry and Rand Paul. The Cato believes Americans are sick and tired of war and does further assert:
"This point is critical. The American people are tired of their sons, brothers, fathers, and uncles—and increasingly daughters, sisters, mothers, and aunts too—being treated as gambit pawns in an endless series of global chess games, to be sacrificed whenever folks in Washington dream up a grand new crusade. As Paul asked Perry: “How many Americans should send their sons and daughters to die for a foreign country, a nation the Iraqis won’t defend for themselves?”
More likely than not, the Democratic Party presidential nominee in 2016 will be Hillary Clinton, the perfect representative of the Clinton-Bush-Obama foreign policy consensus—of constant intervention and war. The American people are desperate for an alternative. The best way for Republicans to lose again would be to nominate someone who represents the same failed policy. If the GOP abandons the bipartisan War Party the political game will change radically. A reform movement has begun in the House—Walter Jones, Justin Amash, and John Duncan, for instance. But among potential presidential nominees only Rand Paul so far is charting a different course. Will others join him?"