If Rand Paul is elected president, he'll probably bomb someoneSubmitted by Michael Nystrom on Wed, 09/03/2014 - 04:56
That's just part of the job description. He's already talking about it:
In an emailed comment ... Paul elaborated by saying: "If I were President, I would call a joint session of Congress. I would lay out the reasoning of why ISIS is a threat to our national security and seek congressional authorization to destroy ISIS militarily."
I know, I've heard the arguments. It's a game of chess, not checkers, blah blah blah. He's the best shot we've got, blah blah blah. He's just 'playing the game' blah blah blah.
But if he's just 'playing the game,' when does the game end? After the election? After the midterms of the first term? After the first term? Maybe it is so much fun that the game never ends.
In 2007, with very little data, my gut spoke to me about Ron Paul and his intentions. In 2014, it remains hazy on Rand.
A new US military incursion will not end ISIS; it will provide them with the recruiting tool they most crave, while draining the US treasury. Just what Osama bin Laden wanted!
"We kept our country at peace. We never went to war. We never dropped a bomb. We never fired a bullet. But still we achieved our international goals. We brought peace to other people, including Egypt and Israel. We normalised relations with China, which had been non-existent for 30-something years. We brought peace between US and most of the countries in Latin America because of the Panama Canal Treaty. We formed a working relationship with the Soviet Union."
Maybe. Maybe not. I doubt Rand wants to be remembered like Jimmy Carter. But as President, unless you bomb someone, history shows that that's how you'll be remembered. Roosevelt was a bomber; Truman was a bomber; Ike was a bomber; Kennedy - who did he bomb? Speaking of which, who would Jesus bomb?
Johnson was a bomber; Nixon was a bomber. Ford - who did he bomb? Carter wasn't a bomber, apparently. Reagan was a bomber; Bush I was a bomber; Clinton was a bomber; Bush II was a bomber; and Obama was the ultimate O-bomber.
What does the future hold? Cannot predict now.
I'll continue to watch.