Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Neocon: Rand Paul Is Daft

I guess it is time for a Rand Paul staffer to, yet again, send Jennifer Rubin an explanatory email

This neocon is one difficult lady to please. Today in WaPo, she writes:
The revelation that Edward Snowden was harbored by China, flown by Russia and is headed for Ecuador induced an array of comments from sides in the National Security Agency controversy. 
Those who had praised him as a contemporary hero wondered if this would mar his image. No really. Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky. ) mused: 
I do think, for Mr. Snowden, if he cozies up to the Russian government, it will be nothing but bad for his name in history. If he goes to an independent third country like Iceland and if he refuses to talk to any sort of formal government about this, I think there’s a chance that he’ll be seen as an advocate of privacy. If he cozies up to either the Russian government, the Chinese government, or any of these governments that are perceived still as enemies of ours, I think that will be a real problem for him in history.
This is daft, obviously.
In fact, it is typical Rand fence straddling. Talk of Russia and China as "enemies," you would think would calm Rubin, but she will have none of it.

There was no libertarian talk by Rand of trying to simply recognize Russia and China as trading partners, he called them enemies! But this is not enough for Rubin.

Rand is it really worth it to try and placate these people?


  1. The most telling aspect of this Rand quote is that he conflates being on "our" side with Snowden's potential portrayal in the history books.

    Either you're on our side, or we will trash your very name in the annals of human history. Typical statist reaction.

  2. In defense of Rand, he did say "perceived as enemies" and not "enemies."