I may get drummed out of libertarian circles for heresy, but Rand Paul is no libertarian. He is a Republican warmonger, just like George Bush.
Hear me out. I know that Rand Paul has expressed skepticism at the warfare state and even filibustered the use of drones. He also preached cuts in the “defense” budget. However, like a true politician, he never consistently preaches any principle that might cost him an election, including favoring raising the so-called “defense” budget.
With regards to Iran, a nation who does not have nuclear weapons and has made it clear they do not want nuclear weapons Paul has stated, “I believe all options should be on the table to stop Iran from getting nuclear weapons, including the military option.” He also supported the use of sanctions against Iran, an act of war. But once an agreement was made with Iran, Paul and the other Republican war-hawks in congress sent an open letter to Iran indicating the intention to sabotage the deal.
To support his stance against Iran, Paul quotes the Ayatollah Khamenei who said “The Americans say they stopped Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon. They know it’s not true.” The problem is, this quote is taken out of context. The rest of the quote states “We had a fatwa, declaring nuclear weapons to be religiously forbidden. It had nothing to do with the nuclear talks.”
Paul also stated he did not like the deal because the sanctions are lifted before full compliance. But sanctions hurt the Iranian people and compliance takes time.
He continues to support Israel, a rather one sided relationship, despite their treatment of the Palestinians. He has even made it clear that he favors the US go to war over Israel stating “any attack on Israel will be treated as an attack on the United States.”
Rand supported continued aid for the Iraqi war effort, “I think we aided the Iraqi government for a long time, I’m not opposed to continuing to help them with arms.”
He favors going to war with ISIS because “The Islamic State presents a clear and present danger to our diplomatic facilities in the region, including our Embassy, in Baghdad, Iraq, and our consulate in Erbil, Iraq.” ISIS poses no threat to the United States. Another war in the Middle East, fighting against the people we armed to fight against the other people we armed seems like a mistake.
The real kicker is that Senator John McCain supports Rand Paul, believing he would influence him on military matters.