“Paul sounds conventional. He calls himself a ‘realist,’ but unlike many realists, he sees the overriding threat to America as ‘radical Islam,’ which he describes as a ‘relentless force’ of ‘unlimited zeal,’ ‘supported by radicalized nations such as Iran’ and with which the United States is indeed at ‘war’ and will be for a long time.
“Unlike critics during the Cold War, who argued that anti-communist ‘paranoia’ produced a self-destructive foreign policy, Paul embraces the dominant ‘paranoia’ of the post-9/11 era. He … shares the average American’s view that radical Islam is today what Soviet Communism was during the Cold War — ‘an ideology with worldwide reach’ that must, like communism, be met by ‘counterforce at a series of constantly shifting worldwide points.’”
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