Friday, May 9, 2014

Daily Beast: Is Rand Paul a Secret Hawk?

As I have said, Rand wants to be president real bad, and the closer we get to the 2016 presidential primaries, the worse he is going to get on issues, from a libertarian perspective. James Kirchick writes:

Is Rand Paul a Secret Hawk? Or Maybe Not a Total Dove?

Kentucky Senator Rand Paul is the Republican party’s most visible dove and skeptic of foreign intervention. So it raised more than a few eyebrows when he added to his nascent presidential campaign a long-time foreign policy hand who has spent years intervening in other countries’ affairs and is associated with the Senate’s best-known hawk.

Lorne Craner, a former John McCain staffer, Bush administration official, and democracy promotion advocate, recently joined the ranks of the Kentucky Republican’s potential 2016 campaign. The move, first reported last month in The Washington Post, has left some in the GOP foreign policy world perplexed...

“Lorne’s whole career at IRI and at State was about having a vigorous human rights policy and about American foreign policy activism,” a former senior foreign policy official in the Bush administration told The Daily Beast. “So how does he end up with the leader of American isolationism?”...

To hear Craner, whose position with Paul is “informal and unpaid,” explain it, the Senator has been unfairly tagged with the isolationist label, and his reaching out to internationalist Republicans like himself is a sign of open-mindedness....

In McCain’s telling, Craner will moderate Paul, moving him away from some of his more populist, yet unwise, foreign policy positions, and thus help close the gap that has been growing between the Republican party’s interventionist and isolationist wings.


  1. Mein Fuhrer, I can walk!

  2. Same "Bush NWO Crew" sabotaged Reagan. I'm hoping Rand is playing nice with them only to gain White House. Then he can be more like his father. It seems that is the logical explanation of his seemingly uncharacteristically chummy courtship of the neocons.

  3. Yeah, he somehow kept it secret from Ron Paul for 50 years. Right.