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WEINSTEIN: Rand Paul is nothing like Reagan on foreign policy
The Daily Caller ^ | 1:17 AM 03/17/2014 | Jamie Weinstein

Posted on 03/17/2014 3:51:58 AM PDT by SoConPubbie

“Every Republican likes to think he or she is the next Ronald Reagan,” he wrote in an op-ed for Breitbart News, responding to an attack by Texas Republican Sen. Ted Cruz. “Some who say this do so for lack of their own ideas and agenda. Reagan was a great leader and President. But too often people make him into something he wasn’t in order to serve their own political purposes.”

“[A]lmost all of us in the party are big fans of Ronald Reagan,” Paul told Sean Hannity on Fox News in yet another defense of his foreign policy. “I’ve always been a big fan of peace through strength.”

Get real.

Paul may be right when he says that none of the Republicans considering a White House run in 2016 have a foreign policy outlook exactly like Reagan’s. But what’s undeniable is that Paul’s foreign policy is far and away the least Reaganeque of any of the possible 2016 Republican presidential contenders.

What Paul is trying to do is muddy the waters on Reagan’s foreign policy legacy in order to hide the reality that his foreign policy outlook bears no resemblance to that of the Gipper’s — and, more broadly, is wildly out of touch with the Republican mainstream. Sure, Reagan engaged in diplomacy, even occasionally when some in his own party believed it inadvisable. But that hardly makes Reagan a Rand Paul-style non-interventionist. Far from it.

Paul says he, like Reagan, supports “peace through strength.” Except Reagan’s notion of “peace through strength” focused on increasing military spending. Paul has not yet discovered a military cut he didn’t like.

Reagan called the Soviet Union an “evil empire” and believed it had to be confronted. When the turmoil in Ukraine erupted and some Republicans urged President Barack Obama to get tough with Vladimir Putin to prevent Russian interference in the country, Paul’s first reaction was to tell the Washington Post that we need to seek a ”respectful relationship” with Russiaas if the reason Putin was behaving badly was due to a lack of American “thanks yous” and “pleases.”

Reagan invaded Grenada to overthrow the communist regime and protect the American medical students studying there, supported the Mujahideen in Afghanistan in their fight to push the Soviets out and provided funding and military assistance to the Contras in Nicaragua to fight the Soviet-supported Sandinista regime.

“We must stand by our democratic allies,” he declared in his 1985 State of the Union Address. “And we must not break faith with those who are risking their lives — on every continent, from Afghanistan to Nicaragua — to defy Soviet-supported aggression and secure rights which have been ours from birth.”

“Support for freedom fighters is self-defense,” he stated.

Does Rand Paul agree with any of the steps Reagan took to support freedom and stop the spread of communism in the 1980s? Can you imagine him uttering Reagan’s words?

Paul is right in saying that Reagan was no warmonger. Reagan detested war — he even thought Mutual Assured Destruction was fundamentally immoral. But just because Reagan was willing to engage in diplomacy doesn’t mean he was a Rand Paul-style non-interventionist. Reagan believed in a proactive American foreign policy in order to “roll back” the spread of communism and shape the world in a way beneficial to the West. He used many different tools to achieve his goals, including diplomacy, covert action and overt military intervention.

Paul, in contrast, believes “blowback” from American interventions often outweighs whatever good is trying to be achieved. That’s a fair outlook to have and Paul would be better served making his case for his foreign policy worldview rather than pretending that Reagan’s foreign policy is wildly misunderstood by everyone but him.

Even if none of the other 2016 presidential contenders perfectly match Reagan’s foreign policy outlook, the reality is they match it a whole lot better than Paul. Paul’s foreign policy resembles Reagan’s in the same way a unicycle resembles a banana.


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: dailycaller; jamieweinstein; liberaltarian; paul; randpaul; randpaultruthfile; randsconcerntrolls; ronpaultruthfile; russia; tpinos; ukraine

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1 posted on 03/17/2014 3:51:58 AM PDT by SoConPubbie
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To: SoConPubbie

To hell with foreign policy!

We need to fix internal policy first for it is the worst danger our country has ever faced since it’s establishment.

Rand Paul is the guy to do it.


2 posted on 03/17/2014 4:03:12 AM PDT by DH (Once the tainted finger of government touches anything the rot begins)
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To: SoConPubbie

There can not be another Ronald Reagan.
Not any time soon anyway.
Times are different now.
Country was prosperous during Reagan’s last 6 years.
Now country is bankrupt by any generally accepted standards of accounting.
Bankrupt countries can not be strong.
Our young generation is already in debt to China, Japan and others.
Time to think rationally.
Otherwise here we come Roman Empire, WWII Germany, USSR during Gorby, Alexander of Greece, on and on...all went down to demise trying to project military strength abroad while going bankrupt.


3 posted on 03/17/2014 4:03:54 AM PDT by entropy12 (If you did not vote, you helped elect the community organizer from south side of Chicago.)
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To: SoConPubbie

But zero can cal himself Lincoln... whatever.


4 posted on 03/17/2014 4:12:32 AM PDT by lavaroise (A well regulated gun being necessary to the state, the rights of the militia shall not be infringed)
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To: SoConPubbie

Trying to figure out the point of this article. There is no one like Reagan and won’t be another Reagan. This is where us fellow conservatives fail and become discouraged. We put our hopes into the next Reagan only to be let down when our candidate strays from Reagan. He was our once in a lifetime political evangelist.


5 posted on 03/17/2014 4:24:22 AM PDT by Jarhead9297
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To: SoConPubbie

Paul is a Shamnesty and CommieCare supporter. He’s done.


6 posted on 03/17/2014 4:25:51 AM PDT by VRWC For Truth (Roberts has perverted the Constitution)
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To: SoConPubbie

He’s nothing like Reagan, PERIOD


7 posted on 03/17/2014 4:30:30 AM PDT by nuconvert ( Khomeini promised change too // Hail, Chairman O)
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To: SoConPubbie

It is laughable that Rand Paul wants to handed Reagan’s military and foreign policy crown by his fellow Republicans and Conservatives. Paul spews rhetoric like a hawk, yet on defense he votes like a left wing liberal. Our military has been decimated by cut after cut, and he has almost single-handedly ensured the cuts became even deeper.


8 posted on 03/17/2014 4:43:55 AM PDT by SkyPilot
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To: SoConPubbie; C. Edmund Wright
In March, 2014, the issues that conservatives should be focused upon relate to the radical Leftist direction this country is headed under democRAT rule. Making larger and larger segments of the American people dependent on Government is corrupt, damaging to human dignity and evil. It is unsustainable, un-American and un-Constitutional.

Cruz and Paul are on the same team in this fight against these radical socialists within. Ted Cruz did NOT attack Rand Paul. Only the liberals, and some conservatives with a distorted view of priorities, want this war of words to be happening right now. Let's not oblige them.

As the Titanic bears down on the iceberg, we shouldn't be distracted by re-arranging the deck chairs ....

9 posted on 03/17/2014 4:46:41 AM PDT by Servant of the Cross (the Truth will set you free)
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To: Servant of the Cross; C. Edmund Wright
As the Titanic bears down on the iceberg, we shouldn't be distracted by re-arranging the deck chairs ....

There's probably the most important election of our lifetime coming up in 2016 for POTUS.

While you are correct as far as you went, we HAVE TO KNOW, early on, what the caliber, what the policy positions are, what principles the potential POTUS candidates have in order to fight for the right one.

This is a necessary process.
10 posted on 03/17/2014 7:36:01 AM PDT by SoConPubbie (Mitt and Obama: They're the same poison, just a different potency)
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To: SoConPubbie
This is a necessary process.

Absolutely. Let it begin in earnest .... AFTER the November, 2014 mid-term elections.

11 posted on 03/17/2014 7:37:50 AM PDT by Servant of the Cross (the Truth will set you free)
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To: DH
To hell with foreign policy!

We need to fix internal policy first for it is the worst danger our country has ever faced since it’s establishment.

Rand Paul is the guy to do it.


Rand Paul:

1. Surrender on Social Issues: Check!
2. Amnesty for Ilegals: Check!
3. Support McConnell (GOP-E) over Bevin (Tea-Party): Check!
4. Take those on our side to task for holding the GOP-E feet to the fire: Check!

Sorry, Rand Paul is not the guy to do it and Foreign Policy is a large part of the POTUS job!

Ted Cruz is a much more intelligent and principled option.
12 posted on 03/17/2014 7:40:53 AM PDT by SoConPubbie (Mitt and Obama: They're the same poison, just a different potency)
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To: Servant of the Cross
Absolutely. Let it begin in earnest .... AFTER the November, 2014 mid-term elections.

No, now is the time.

The race, in case you have not already noticed, has already started and the issues being discussed concerning foreign policy, with both Crimea and Venezuela, are timely and relevant.
13 posted on 03/17/2014 7:44:28 AM PDT by SoConPubbie (Mitt and Obama: They're the same poison, just a different potency)
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To: SoConPubbie
The race, in case you have not already noticed, has already started and the issues being discussed concerning foreign policy, with both Crimea and Venezuela, are timely and relevant.

And the lieberals are cheering you on and laughing their asses off at the stupid Party and their distraction with trivial pursuits.

14 posted on 03/17/2014 8:10:54 AM PDT by Servant of the Cross (the Truth will set you free)
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To: SoConPubbie

This is sick!
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15 posted on 03/17/2014 8:14:18 AM PDT by editor-surveyor (Freepers: Not as smart as I'd hoped they'd be)
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To: SoConPubbie
... the issues being discussed concerning foreign policy, with both Crimea and Venezuela, are timely and relevant.

Yes! And the arguments should be Cruz/Paul vs. 0bama! NOT Cruz v Paul. Duh.

16 posted on 03/17/2014 8:19:37 AM PDT by Servant of the Cross (the Truth will set you free)
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To: VRWC For Truth

That’s pretty much how I see it. All his nonsensical chatter grates on me.


17 posted on 03/17/2014 8:24:08 AM PDT by AllAmericanGirl44
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To: VRWC For Truth

Why do you say he is a CommieCare supporter?

Do you have links?


18 posted on 03/17/2014 9:16:44 AM PDT by SoConPubbie (Mitt and Obama: They're the same poison, just a different potency)
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To: SoConPubbie
Great article. It has helped me make my decision in narrowing down the field for who I vote for in 2016 - AND IT SURE IS NOT PAUL !!!
19 posted on 03/17/2014 10:15:53 AM PDT by celmak
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To: SoConPubbie

Your own post ...

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/3130823/posts


20 posted on 03/17/2014 10:39:04 AM PDT by VRWC For Truth (Roberts has perverted the Constitution)
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To: VRWC For Truth

I must be getting old.... :)


21 posted on 03/17/2014 11:57:03 AM PDT by SoConPubbie (Mitt and Obama: They're the same poison, just a different potency)
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To: SoConPubbie

As the elections near, RINOs and republicans will continue to eat their own and give the commies ammo to defeat them in the fall.


22 posted on 03/17/2014 11:57:55 AM PDT by RetiredArmy (MARANATHA, MARANATHA, Come quickly LORD Jesus!!! Father send thy Son!! Its Time!)
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To: RetiredArmy

Well, Rand Paul seems to be doing that all by himself lately.

A Harmless comment about their approaches to Foreign Policy by Ted Cruz appeared to kick of the latest row.

But Rand didn’t help himself by stating that Social Issues were going to have to take a back seat or putting out his own Amnesty Plan or Backing Mitch McConnell over the Tea-Party Candidate Matt Bevin or being all over the map with regards to policy where Crimea was concerned.

Rand is not going to be able to straddle both being a Libertarian and a Conservative. There are too many major differences between the two groups.


23 posted on 03/17/2014 12:39:57 PM PDT by SoConPubbie (Mitt and Obama: They're the same poison, just a different potency)
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