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Senator Rand Paul: Get Back To Founders’ Vision Of Foreign Policy

February 1, 2013 by  

Senator Rand Paul: Get Back To Founders’ Vision Of Foreign Policy
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Senator Rand Paul wants lawmakers to reinstate Constitutionally responsible foreign policy.

Senator Rand Paul (R-Ky.) has spent a great deal of time over the past two weeks criticizing the overly aggressive foreign policy that has been the modus operandi of the United States for several years.

On Thursday, Paul addressed the Senate to explain a bill he plans to offer that would thwart the Barack Obama Administration’s plans to bypass Congress and sell at least 20 Lockheed Martin F-16 fighter jets and 200 M1A1 combat tanks to Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood-affiliated President Mohammed Morsi.

“I think it particularly unwise to send tanks and our most sophisticated fighter planes to Egypt at a time when many are saying the country may be unraveling,” Paul said on the Senate floor.

Paul said now is an especially dangerous time to provide the weaponry to Egypt in light of recent reports that the country’s fragile new political structure may be unraveling and become more extreme.

“I think this is particularly unwise since Egypt is currently governed by a religious zealot, a religious zealot who said recently that ‘Jews were bloodsuckers and descendants of apes and pigs,’” Paul continued. “This doesn’t sound like the kind of stable personality we would be sending our most sophisticated weapons to.”

Paul has been especially hard on the Republican Party recently, saying that many so-called conservatives show that their true loyalties lie with big government and the military-industrial complex as the GOP continue to pursue foreign policy initiatives based in aggression rather than defense.

“I don’t think that’s necessarily a conservative point of view,” Paul said in a recent interview. “That sort of over-the-top aggressive foreign policy doesn’t have to be really a conservative or Constitutional point of view but it scares some people away from our party.”

The Senator said Republicans should evolve to adapt a foreign policy stance that better represents the vision of the Nation’s Founders by emphasizing “strong national defense as a deterrent to war ” and said it was important that “we don’t appear to be the party that’s eager for war.”

Paul was recently named by Heritage Action For America, a partner of The Heritage Foundation, as the Nation’s fourth leading conservative lawmaker. He will speak before the organization next Wednesday to explain further what he believes lawmakers can do to reinstate Constitutionally responsible foreign policy.

Sam Rolley

Staff writer Sam Rolley began a career in journalism working for a small town newspaper while seeking a B.A. in English. After learning about many of the biases present in most modern newsrooms, Rolley became determined to find a position in journalism that would allow him to combat the unsavory image that the news industry has gained. He is dedicated to seeking the truth and exposing the lies disseminated by the mainstream media at the behest of their corporate masters, special interest groups and information gatekeepers.

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  • Gary L

    First it was small arms to Mexico. Now its tanks and fighter planes to Egypt. I wonder what is next.

    • http://personallibertydigest deb

      we will be giving our nukes to russia china and north korea to use against us the next trip obomination take sot indonesia

    • Warrior

      Yes, young “Democracies” need weapons, and the “advanced” kind too! I wonder, does finklestine or schumer or durbin support this? How bout piglosi, dingy, billary? On Dancer, Prancer and Vixen Too!

  • RobinPC

    Rand Paul for president in 2016. It is refreshing to see someone stand up for what I want. But then, maybe I am biased as he is MY Senator.

    • rendarsmith

      Yeah, if the media doesn’t ignore him like they did his father. Unfortunately most Americans are too dumb to do their research on candidates outside the media spotlight.

      • Don

        it is’nt that most people are too dumb to research candidate outside the media spotlight. its worse than dumb. people don’t care and are lazy, then vote for all the wrong reasons. primaries are like beauty padgents set up by the mediea and big money. the ones made most prettiest wins. if the stupid, lazy and the uncaring got out and voted wisely this country wouldnt be in the mess its in. people have never come to the reality that the vote can beat big money any day. all big money does is manipulate the ignorant who fall for it.

    • http://comcast.com the fisherman

      Rand is for Rand.sorry he does not know better just goes round and round. but does he know any better?

      • Mikey

        Obviously, he knows better than you.

  • Rob

    I guess we will be sending enriched uranium and technology to Korea and Iran.

  • Right Brain Thinker

    Before the screaming starts, is everyone aware that the Egyptians already have 240 F-16′s and well over 1000 M1A1 tanks? And that they have a “coproduction” arrangement and can build the tanks in Egypt if they choose?

    This comment strikes closer to the heart of the problem. “….many so-called conservatives show that their true loyalties lie with big government and the military-industrial complex as the GOP continue to pursue foreign policy initiatives based in aggression rather than defense”. These sales were arranged before the government of Egypt took a turn we don’t like, and were designed to fill the pockets of the “military-industrial complex” and for no other reason.

    And wouldn’t it be neat if we had hidden a few pounds of C-4 somewhere deep in each of the planes and tanks, attached a radio-controlled detonator, and kept the “buttons” for use if we needed them (or to give to the Israelis)?

    • Warrior

      Aah, a “co-production arrangement”, so that’s where the jobs went. Well, looks like the “jobs council” did their “job”. Can’t say good job “brownie” but can we say good job “jeffy”?

    • http://gravatar.com/bychoosing WTS/JAY

      RBT the-fertilizing-machine says: Before the screaming starts, is everyone aware that the Egyptians already have 240 F-16′s and well over 1000 M1A1 tanks? And that they have a “coproduction” arrangement and can build the tanks in Egypt if they choose?

      This comment strikes closer to the heart of the problem. “….many so-called conservatives show that their true loyalties lie with big government and the military-industrial complex as the GOP continue to pursue foreign policy initiatives based in aggression rather than defense”. These sales were arranged before the government of Egypt took a turn we don’t like, and were designed to fill the pockets of the “military-industrial complex” and for
      no other reason.

      Yes RBT, these sales were arranged in the early 1970s when Egypt’s relations with Russia took a turn for the worst, and Egypt used the US military aid program that accompanied the 1979 Camp David Accords to replace much of that equipment with American items. Gee, if memory serves, wasn’t it the “peanut-farmer”(Democrat), that was one of the signers and witnesses of the Camp David Accords? Yes, of course he was!

      • Right Brain Thinker

        And what exactly is your point, JAY?

  • charlie

    you be sure that whatever it is will not be good for us

  • Sarah

    Our government has forcefully invaded and assassinated Saddam Hussein in Iraq. Mummar Qaedafi in Libya. Our government tried to assassinate Mubarak in Egypt and now they are trying to overthrow Assad in Syria. How is that working out for us? When is our government going to stop trying to be the NWO Globalists Imperials?

    Our government supplied the rebels in Egypt enabling the takeover of Morsi a Muslim Brotherhood dictator. The people of Egypt do not want Morsi. They have a right to choose. We are now sending fighter planes and tanks to Morsi to help him squelch the rights of the people of Egypt. What our gov said was they want to give democracy to Egypt but what they did was give the country to another dictator and now enabling him to keep that position. Just what is it that our gov wants to do. If Morsi is successful he will then ovethrow Israel. After Israel it will then be America. America is this what you want your government doing?

    Since obama is Muslim my guess is that our government wants a Muslim takeover of the world.

    • Warrior

      Before I get “unfriended” some more, I understand this morsi character doesn’t enjoy “christian” company much. Do tell.

    • mark

      Mubarek, Khadaffi, and hopefully Assad fell or will fall because of their longstanding tyrranical policies moreso than any U.S. actions or non-actionjs. Mubarek fell when the Egyptian military turned against him, not because of non-existent U.S arms given to the insurgent rebels. There was no rebel takeover in Egypt but rather a military takeover that led to an election whose results most Americans don’t like. That’s the problem with democracy and elections, you can’t predict the outcome. The Egyptian people get to decide versus the dictator Mubarek who cancelled and/or fixed all past elections. That was a better system?

      Khadaffi’s fall was merely speeded up by NATO airstrikes, it would have happened anyway due to the civil war but probably after hundreds of thousands of more Libyans died. The Syrian revolt is being fought overwhelmingly by the Syrians. NATO and U.S air power has very notably not intervened and in refraining probably increasing the bloodbath. Syrian unlike Libya does have a fairly decent air force and ground to air missilles, this is no doubt a factor in the West’s reticence. If the U.S. really poured in massive amounts of weapons, and enforced a no-fly zone, Assad would fall in weeks. But Obama and NATO has steadfastly refused to intervene in such an overt manner probably fearing the casualties and the fact that the conflict could spread to neighboring nations touching off a regional war.

      So much for Obama’s heavy hand in Syria. It is in fact non-existent and shoots down most of your theory. Popular forces have risen up throughout the Middle East during this Arab Spring taking down a number of hated dictators- some U.S. allies and some U.S. enemies (like Assad).. There are limits to what the U.S. can do to try and shape these events. They will occur whether the U.S. intervenes or not. We are not God. We do not control everything in the world. Sometimes dictator allies cannot be saved because they have alienated so much popular support and institutional loyalty (such as from the army, the mullahs, civil society, etc) that their regimes are irretreivable. This is the case today in many parts of that region. There is no master plan from Obama but rather an inconsistent and reactive response very understandable given the confusing and complicated consequences of events on the ground

  • rendarsmith

    We need to get the hell out of the middle east altogether. Some of the stories from returning veterans are just horrifying.

  • mark

    Once again Rand Paul doesn’t know what he is talking about. The F-16s are not our most sophisticated fighter jets. Hasn’t Paul ever heard of the F-18 and the F-22? Both the M-1 tank and the F-16 that we will give to Egypt are more stripped-down, less sophisticated versions than the ones our own military has. Plus we control spare parts and maintenance that can make everthing we give them unusable after a few months if we cut them off. If we do not give these weapons to Egypt, they will get MIGs and Russian tanks from Iran and Syria’s ally, Putin. Plus our defense workers who produce these weapons will get laid off if Russia provides Egypt’s weapon’s needs. So this is a lot more complicated a call than Rand lets on. Although I do agree with him that we should begin to pull back from many of our defense comittments and bases around the world. We just can’t afford this posture anymore and it is often counterproductive.

    • Right Brain Thinker

      “So this is a lot more complicated a call than Rand lets on”

      You forgot that Rand lives in that romantically appealing and unworkable La-La land of the Libertarian. Things were not as complicated in the early 1800′s, and until he moves forward from there with his thinking to today’s world, he will fail to recognize what you say.

      • mark

        Yes, you’re right there, RBT, and you see a lot of that on this site – a kind of adolescent, simplistic view of the world and of good and evil – like there is no in-between. Or a complete rejection that there might be multiple and complex motives behind U.S. decisions instead of just, “that Marxist Hitler, Muslim Kenyan is trying to take over the world and kill us all! ” And you get this not just from the posters which you expect – but a more sophisticated version of the same thing from the article writers themselves!

      • Bob666

        Yo RBT,
        Ron Paul is a great Guy, but Junior is; well, a dumb As*

    • momo

      mark says:”Although I do agree with him that we should begin to pull back from many of our defense comittments and bases around the world. We just can’t afford this posture anymore and it is often counterproductive.”

      Hey, running an empire costs money.

  • Elda

    So, if the Constitution of the United States was written by a bunch of old white guys and is out dated, what do all these people think about the Holy Bible? I do know there are groups trying to rewrite that too. Funny how some things just work and truly can stand the test of time, but there are those that think something else is better even though it has been tried and tried over the centuries and is proven not to work. I believe that is the definition of insanity….to do something that does not work again and again to find it doesn’t change and still try again.

  • ted sockwell

    i really hope they DONT sell weapons to anyone especially hotheaded would be dictators thats just asking for trouble

  • TML

    I think the problem that some here are oblivious to is that this equipment is being given as a gift, as part of foreign aid, which means the American tax payer is footing the bill. And it’s being done through executive mandate (again Obama trying to get around Congress). I support Rand’s opposition to this action on that basis alone.

    However, considering the instability in the region, and not even really knowing if this new government is an ally, or if they would turn around and use these weapons against us – as is often the case, such as Al-Qaida when we armed them to fight against Russia, Saddam when we armed him to fight Iran, and more recently arming Libyan rebels that turned them on us, along with Afghanistan troops turning their weapons on us after training them – this could indeed prove to be yet another foolish endeavor by the current administration.

    If this was actually a business deal in which the country was paying us for them, then I probably would not be as opposed, since the foreign policy preached to us through the wisdom of the founding era was to trade with all nations, but to make alliances with none. Yet, when we provide foreign aid to two enemies of the same region (Egypt and Israel) is seem nothing more than imperialist hegemony.

    • http://PersonalLiberty Julie

      TML, this might shine a light on why Obama is doing what he is doing. Remember when Obama snubbed the Israelly president, but visited with Morsi. Also Obama didn’t visit Israel until after Romney did. This happened during his 2nd presidential campaign. Remember when Obama voted down the pipeline from Canada that’s coming down through Nebraska. Obama voted it down because his Muslim friends didn’t want it. When he sided with the oil producing Muslim countries it made his Zionist people that is running this country and the world very mad at him. They were so mad at him that he wasn’t suppose to become president the 2nd time, but the people voted him in. After Obama made the Zionist mad, the Zionist wanted Gingrich in, Romney was their second choice. You all know what happened there.

      • Bob666

        “Muslim countries it made his Zionist people that is running this country and the world very mad at him”

        Really?????

  • http://PersonalLiberty Julie

    Do you people realize that the democrats and republicans in Washington are a cover to keep We The People divided. Divided we fall, united we stand. Those two parties are on the same side in Washington. If Ron Paul would of been elected our president, they would of assassinated him like they did JFK. Find JFK’s last speech he gave a few days before he was killed. He was warning We The People, but the people back then wasn’t awake and didn’t understand what he was talking about. The founding fathers knew back then, when they wrote up the Constitution, that what is happening today was going to happen.

    People for the love of our country, please go to Conspiracy Files and read their articles.

    Think about what those articles say, and if you know what’s in the Bible, you will under stand the Bible’s New Testament and Revelations. Their’s a passage that say’s woo to the little children. This pertains to satanic sacrifices and abortions, (and Sandy Hook, satanic sacrifice. Sandy Hook has a santanic cult in it’s city.)
    when the Bible talks about the Desolation in the Holy Place. It happened in 1947 when Israel became a state. Israel is a Zionist Jewish state. Zionist Jews warship satan not God or Jesus Christ. Now, don’t get me wrong, not all Jews are Zionist. There are two different sects within the Jewish nationality. One is the Zionist (satan warshippers) and one is Jesus’s Jews. You will understand what the Bible is saying if you put it in context to what is going on today. We ARE in the last days. We are toward the end of Revelations. If you don’t understand the Bible in conjunction with what is going on today, go to youtube and watch Daniels Time Line, it will help you understand some of the terms, or passages in the Bible.

    For the love of God and country, we need to wake up.

  • jopa

    Senator Rand Paul is getting back to the founders vision of foreign policy.Well that may go over little better than the vision he had during the Benghazi hearings when with one word “TURKEY” said by Hillary Clinton made him look like the totally ignorant buffoon of the decade.Apparently he claims his source of information was from Beck or something Fox had made up and he thought of it as real Intel.I so hope he runs in 2016, I am so overdue for a really good laugh.He makes Palin look like a genius.

    • Right Brain Thinker

      WHOA! Rand Paul makes Palin look like a genius? OMG! If that’s true, I’m going to have to pay a little more attention to Randy (I have ignored him as being irrelevant up to this point).

      I have been laboring under the view that Michelle Bachmann and Donald Trump were the “totally ignorant buffoons of the decade” who made Palin look like a genius.

      (And didn’t Hilary do a nice job on all the Repugnants at the hearings?)

      • http://gravatar.com/bychoosing WTS/JAY

        RBT: (And didn’t Hilary do a nice job on all the Repugnants at the hearings?)

        A nice job? Listening to her waddle through her answers had me almost convinced that she indeed had sustained a concussion…or has she always been mentally-vacuous?

        Speaking of mentally-vacuous, you and jopa are two buffoons who wouldn’t recognize a “staged-play for idiots” if it were spelled out in crayon. For “tyranny” to thrive it requires gullable-fools, who lack social intelligence and are easily tricked and manipulated. Keep up the good work, boys!

      • Right Brain Thinker

        JAY, it sounds like you’ve been hitting the bottle tonight and are turning into a nasty drunk on us. Go sleep it off and come back tomorrow when you can make a real argument about something. Leave the name-calling to the guys who aren’t as smart as you (except when you’re drunk).

  • Bob666

    Ask Rand if we are selling arms to Turkey???? He is one smart boy!

    • jopa

      Bob666 : Next week little R Paul will be saying , I never said we were selling arms to Turkey, maybe we were selling legs, or perhaps drumsticks.Then he will contact Rush or Beck for clarification.That silly little man.

  • JON

    “Get Back To Founders’ Vision Of Foreign Policy”
    Back then, the world’s population was 800,000,000 and 2,500,000 in the United States. It is a totally different world in present day. Locally, going back could never work!

  • http://personalliberty.com Duke

    Rand Paul for President in 2016. One of the last things we should be doing now is giving / selling F 16s and Tanks to Egypt at a time like this. Further evidence of “Obozo’s” support of the Muslim Brotherhood and destruction of this country as we know it. The Tyrants overthrow and convert to his version of Muslim Socialism. At the same time he is implementing the use of “Drones” to patrol our cities in the U.S. while trying to dismantle the Second Amendment and take away our guns. This is happening now. WAKE UP AMERICA !!!

  • Terry Bateman

    America would be much better thought of had we ended our military involvment in
    the middle east after Operation Desert Storm. The $2.3 trillion saved by not invading
    Irag and Afghanistan alone would make us much stronger now. Giving the Coast
    Guard what they need to guard the coasts and Border Patrol what they need to
    seal the Mexican Border and Immigration what they need to process and watch
    immigrants and the State Department what they need to see that travel and work
    and education visas are given only to people that pose no threat to the U.S. would
    have protected the U.S. after 9-11 better than creating the Homeland Security
    monstrosity and chasing terrorists around the world who had no intention or
    ability to reach the U.S. anyway.

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