Rand Paul Stands With Trump Against Foreign Policy Establishment
Article from The Washington Examiner by Jack Hunter.
Many politicians and pundits are criticizing the president for embarrassing the U.S. by failing to defend his own country’s intelligence community before a foreign power.
Few are talking about this: Attempting to establish fresh diplomacy with Russia is one of the most important foreign policy steps President Trump has taken to date.
Virtually no other Republican or Democratic presidential candidate in 2016 would likely be engaging Russia right now. It was only two years ago that Hillary Clinton wanted to establish no-fly zones in Syria, essentially guaranteeing a U.S.-Russian conflict. Every Republican candidate except Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., (including the likes of Jeb Bush, Chris Christie, Marco Rubio, Ben Carson, and John Kasich) all also supported a no-fly zone. The last Republican presidential nominee, Mitt Romney, called Russia America’s “number one geopolitical threat.” It’s been a long time since former President George W. Bush saw Vladimir Putin’s “soul.”
Which is why Paul is standing so firmly, so stubbornly even, in Trump’s corner. As a libertarian, not only is generous diplomacy key to implementing the kind of realist and less aggressive foreign policy that Paul has always advocated, but the senator is seemingly the only member of Congress who sees immeasurable value in what Trump is doing.
Read the entire article at The Washington Examiner.