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Rand Paul seeks distance from Ron Paulís foreign policy ó in tone, at least
Washington Post ^ | /2/6/13 | Aaron Blake

Posted on 02/06/2013 4:48:32 PM PST by Mozilla

Kentucky Republican Sen. Rand Paul, who looks more and more like he will pick up where his father left off and run for president in 2016, tried to create some separation between himself and his famous dad in a speech Wednesday.

“I am a realist, not a neoconservative, nor an isolationist,” Paul began in his opening remarks at the Heritage Foundation.

Paul called for a balanced approach to foreign policy that includes both significant action against radical Islam but also shunned the neoconservative and interventionist strains that dominated the Republican Party for the past decade and which his father, Ron Paul, campaigned vehemently against.

But even as he charted his own course on foreign policy, the differences between he and his father were much more about tone and emphasis than about substance. And indeed, he echoed much of what his father has espoused in recent years.

While many people think of Ron Paul as an isolationist, it’s important to note that he identified more as a non-interventionalist — i.e. getting involved only in limited circumstances in which American interests were clearly at stake. For example, even as he was a vocal critic of the war in Iraq, he initially voted the authorize the use of force in Afghanistan.

Rand Paul embraced much of his father’s policy of limited intervention on Wednesday, calling for the closure of overseas bases, reluctance to use force, avoidance of nation-building, and the approval of Congress in order to declare war.

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TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; News/Current Events; Philosophy; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: gop; libertarian; notfarfromtree; randpaul; ronpaul

1 posted on 02/06/2013 4:48:40 PM PST by Mozilla
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To: Mozilla

Video of the Rand Paul Speech:
http://www.therightscoop.com/1100-am-watch-live-senator-rand-paul-on-conservative-foreign-policy/#disqus_thread


2 posted on 02/06/2013 4:49:51 PM PST by Mozilla
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To: Mozilla

Normally I am against sons rebelling against their fathers, but in this case I will take what I can get.


3 posted on 02/06/2013 4:56:20 PM PST by GraceG
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To: Mozilla

hum? Will “Rand” be different than “Ron” time will tell, however haven’t seen much difference so far.

Unfortunately, “Ron” is ignorant of the federal role in protection of the USA and our history fighting islam.


4 posted on 02/06/2013 4:56:56 PM PST by svcw (Why is one cell on another planet considered life, and in the womb it is not.)
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To: Mozilla
“I am a realist, not a neoconservative, nor an isolationist,” Paul began in his opening remarks at the Heritage Foundation.

IMHO Dr. Rand Paul sounds pretty good.

5 posted on 02/06/2013 5:17:45 PM PST by Stepan12
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To: Mozilla
Isolationism doesn't work now because the Islamic horde is looking for us even if we...mind our own business

Neo Consevatism also leaves much to be desired because not all peoples desire democracy or use the democracy they get for salutory ends; e.g., Egypt and Syria. Not all people desire freedom -- especialy in the Middle East.

Realism -- authentic realism not appeasement of Arabs -- sounds pretty good to me.

6 posted on 02/06/2013 5:22:02 PM PST by Stepan12
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Don’t go in search of monsters, but don’t pretend that they don’t exist, neither.


7 posted on 02/06/2013 5:26:58 PM PST by dfwgator
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...by softening its edge on some volatile social issues and altering its image as the party always seemingly "eager to go to war... We do need to expand the party and grow the party and that does mean that we don't always all agree on every issue" ... the party needs to become more welcoming to individuals who disagree with basic Republican doctrine on emotional social issues such as gay marriage... "We're going to have to be a little hands off on some of these issues ... and get people into the party," Paul said. [Rand Paul: Time for GOP to soften war stance Posted on 01/31/2013 5:08:50 PM PST]

8 posted on 02/06/2013 7:49:40 PM PST by SunkenCiv (Romney would have been worse, if you're a dumb ass.)
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Containment is a start. Paul does not explain how to contain Islamism. He repeats the Paulite and communist lie that the US armed Bin Laden. He forgets that Reagan supported ROLLBACK, not containment. He forgets that arming native Afghans (not MAK) was part of this. Still, this is a worthy debate.


9 posted on 02/07/2013 1:01:16 PM PST by rmlew ("Mosques are our barracks, minarets our bayonets, domes our helmets, the believers our soldiers.")
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