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.