I am not for containment in Iran. Let me repeat that, since no one seems to be listening closely: I am unequivocally not for containing Iran.There I hope you have that straight. Rand used the Reagan card to justify his seemingly being on both sides of the issue:
I am also not for announcing that the United States should never contain Iran.
Ronald Reagan was once criticized for not announcing in advance his policy toward particular situations.But then, because he has been getting pressure from neocons, he let it all out
I believe all options should be on the table to stop Iran from getting nuclear weapons, including the military option...False choices between being everywhere all of the time and nowhere any of the time are fodder for debate on Sunday morning shows or newspaper columns. Real foreign policy is made in the middle; with nuance; in the gray area of diplomacy, engagement and reluctantly, if necessary, military action.Bottom line, Rand is far from the clear speaker and principled that his father is. (SEE: The Most Important 4 Minutes and 34 Seconds for Liberty in the Early Part of the Twenty First Century)
This is Rand's real position: "I want to be president and will say whatever it takes, no matter how logically absurd, as long as it advances me toward the presidency. If elected, I will do whatever it takes to get re-elected."