Paul is not a Conservative -- he's a libertarian.
I fail to see what is not conservative in any of the positions he's taken here.
Our anxiousness to "nation-build" in Iraq and "liberate" the Iraqis smacks of the Clintonqesque "MORAL WAR" we waged in Serbia.
This is not too surprising, given the fact that great thinkers and strategists such as Brzezinski were absolute in their assertion that "in a microcosm [Kosovo] is a real test case of what the world is about to be"
Perhaps it is unfortunate that we allowed the Mad Bomber of Sudan to set the standard for a policy of "preemptive" strikes based on whatever feeling struck the Executive branch (which branch, by the way, is now possessed of the ability to summarily execute anyone -- at home or abroad -- it "feels" is a terrorist).
Perhaps we should have paid closer attention to the likes of Keyes who hearkened to the Founders and their own example of a just, properly declared and morally founded statement of one's intent to incur bloodshed:
In the great documents that our Founders used to justify their willingness even to go to war in order to assert their independence. I think we ought to take that very seriously because at least in those days, I don't know about now, I think we're kind of we've gotten really careless about wars these days, as some events, I think, even in recent times have proven.
And we go to war maybe without understanding what we ought to understand. Every time you go to war, you know -- a people like ourselves -- even if that war is conducted by others, even when it's conducted by a means where you're flying high up in the air and dropping bombs on people you don't even see and folks die as a result
I hope we still understand that each and every one of us who has an opportunity to participate as part of the sovereign body of the people in this country: we are responsible for every life that is taken by America in war.
And we had better be awfully sure that what we're doing has a solid moral ground or we will stand before God bearing the stain and weight of every life taken in injustice that we did not oppose.
And I think that it's why our founders, being that they were many of them, most of them, almost all of them, in fact people of conscience and faith, felt that before you risked war, you better justify what you're doing in moral terms. You've got to state the moral premises and the moral principles that inform your heart.
And that's what they did in our Declaration of Independence. It's a statement of the moral justification of that assertion of independence at the risk of war. And, in doing what they did, they set forth the basic moral principles that then informed the later deliberations that led to our Constitution and are the practical foundation of our liberty.
And so those words in the Declaration of Independence "All men are created equal and endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights" -- are the basic premise of everything that, as a people, we claim to hold dear. Self-government and rights and due process and liberty and all these other unique hallmarks of the American way of life, they rest on that premise and that premise alone.