Rand Paul Influencing Trump’s Foreign Policy?
Article from Reason by Brian Doherty.
Josh Rogin, writing at the Washington Post, contemplates the supposedly frightening shadow of Sen. Rand Paul (R–Ky.) hovering over some of President Donald Trump’s recent foreign policy decisions. Rogin’s piece adds to some unsourced musings from Beltway types that the most influential adviser to Trump on foreign policy right now is not anyone on his staff or a member of the Pentagon brass, but the Kentucky senator known for his skepticism about endless foreign adventuring.
Rogin thinks it fair to say that Paul, via informal communication with golfing buddy Trump, “is quietly steering U.S. foreign policy in a new direction.” Among the public evidence for this is Trump tweet-quoting Paul after announcing his intention to pull U.S. troops from Syria on how “[it]t should not be the job of America to replace regimes around the world.”
Paul’s influence is bad, Rogin maintains, because “Trump may be taking Paul’s word over that of his own advisers. Moreover, Paul has a history of pushing false claims and theories.”
The implication, against all evidence, is that government foreign policy experts somehow do not “push…false claims and theories,” even though their beliefs about such matters as Saddam Hussein and weapons of mass destruction, and the supposedly positive aftereffects of toppling Middle Eastern dictators such as Saddam and Libyan Colonel Muammar Gadafi, have been disastrously wrong.
Read the entire article at Reason.
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Considering Rogin’s employer his comments are to be taken with a large grain of salt. I’m sure the president is intelligent to evaluate Rand Paul’s inputs for their validity.
Amen Robert, As the conservative I am, I dont always agree with Rand Paul, but Paul is as principled and honest a politician as there is in Washington!! He was right about the Iraq war from the beginning. As bad as it may sound to many the Middle East would be a far quieter place today, at least for the US Military if Sadaam Hussein were still in charge of Iraq!! The vacuum we created with his death was filled by years of chaos, still vibrating today in the area. There was no ISIS back then, Syria was unknown to many Americans, Iraq and Iran kept each other in check (remember their 8 year war?) and conflicts in the area centered mostly around Israel and its enemies, very local in nature. .A final point, as much I dislike liberal Bill Maher and his show, , I was surprised before the 2016 election when Maher stated Paul was the one Republican he could support because of his honesty and his libertarian ideas!!
Rogin is employed by a Marxist and has been educated by Marxists to be without wisdom and discernment. All media is instrumental to the Marxist cause of spreading idiocy.
I trust the integrity of senator Rand Paul far more than some of the former presidential advisors.
Rand Paul is very level headed and President Trump most likely finds him a person that he can ponder over actions within our world with Rand Paul. So many people cannot be trusted. I believe Rand Paul is one of the elected officials that one can trust. Yes, I agree President Trump is more than capable of making the Right decisions. Thank you President Trump and Senator Rand Paul.
Josh Rogin lies about Kentucky senator Paul who should indeed be known for his skepticism about endless foreign adventuring. That only makes sense. We don’t require the “wisdom” of Josh Rogin to help us poor deplorables understand why endless foreign adventuring is neocon, war-hawk idiocy. George W Bush gave us enough endless wars to satisfy even the most insane Dr Strangelove.
What does Josh Rogin know about anything, really?
IMHO Rand’s pointing out lucifer’s “jew” bankster’s perpetual war machine’s perpetual robbery of US. POTUS and Rand are for US, against lucifer’s FED.
What? Are you saying that the Rothschilds are Moneygrubbers? Rosenstein. Rothstein. Etc. Etc. Do they aspire to control the WHOLE WORLD? Please…..say it isn’t SO!