What Rand Paul Should Say on Foreign Policy

Tom Woods, Scott Horton, and the American Conservative’s Daniel McCarthy weigh in on what Rand Paul should be saying in debates like tonight on Foreign Policy. Dan McCarthy says Rand is missing his Juliani moment. Tom Woods share this interview between Him and Scott Horton on what Rand should say to the other GOP hawk candidates:

“The invasion of Iraq in 2003, which every other candidate on this stage save one supported, handed all of eastern Iraq, from Baghdad down to Kuwait, over to the puppets of the Ayatollahs in Iran. It turned all of western Iraq into a Sunni jihadist paradise. There had never been al Qaeda in Iraq until the invasion of that country created them. These men will protect you from radical Islam the way a downpour protects you from getting wet.

This was one of the worst strategic blunders in U.S. history. And it was supported by practically everyone on this stage, who ignored or laughed at the warnings of sober voices like my father’s, who predicted the sorry outcome we’re seeing now. How can we entrust our national security to people who fell so readily for such a disastrous idea?

Thousands of our men died, along with hundreds of thousands of theirs, fighting in a massive civil war for the Iran-backed Shiites, which ended with those Iran-backed Shiites in charge. Is that a cause you’d want your son to die for?

I demand answers: how could you have made such a gross strategic and moral mistake? I repeat: you turned Iraq over to Iran. Why did you ignore those of us who warned you that this was exactly what would happen?

But this trillion-dollar disaster wasn’t enough. Many on this stage turned right around and joined Hillary Clinton in toppling yet another secular dictator — this time Muammar Gaddafi, whom George W. Bush had cut a deal with for giving up his nuclear technology. And who was waiting in the wings to replace Gaddafi, as was widely reported at the time? Why, Libyan veterans of al Qaeda in Iraq. This is insanity.

But they still weren’t through. Even after they finished helping the bin Ladenites overthrow the government in Libya, many of the men on this stage joined Hillary once again, this time calling for the overthrow of the secular dictatorship in Syria.

Assad is a brutal tyrant, to be sure, but his government and army have the support of all the Christians, Druze, Shiites, Alawites and most Sunnis, too. Because who’s the opposition in Syria? The head-chopping suicide bombers of al Qaeda in Iraq, now called al Nusra and ISIS. Those are the people you want to fight for?

If the other men on this stage had had their way, al Qaeda or the Islamic State would be occupying Damascus right now.

They’ve got us fighting for Iran in Iraq, for al Qaeda in Libya and Syria, for and against both in Yemen, and they’ve created a new generation of thousands of bin Ladenite terrorists, now even claiming their very own state in what used to be western Iraq and eastern Syria. That would have seemed impossible just a few years ago. But no horror is too much for the men on this stage not to blunder into.

Remember how we Republicans are supposed to be skeptical of government intervention? We ought to be much more skeptical of government intervention to remake the Middle East. It’s beneath Republicans to indulge in naive daydreams of all the glorious things government can accomplish. Leave that nonsense to Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton.

As for Iran: the truth is, that country never had a nuclear weapons program at all. Whatever small-scale experiments they’d been working on were halted more than 12 years ago, according to both the CIA and the Israeli Mossad. Their nuclear program was always an IAEA Safeguarded and inspected program under the Non-Proliferation Treaty.

All this new deal does is expand the inspections regime and scale back their non-military program even further, so that even if they did change their minds and decide to try to make nukes it would take them at least a year to do so. It’s a perfectly good deal.

Even George W. Bush recognized that Iran would have to be able to keep at least some of their nuclear energy program, under sufficient safeguards. That’s what this is. I’ll be voting for it.

These guys cry all day about the evils of Iran, but as I said, their war in Iraq was the best thing that ever happened to Iran. These men have cheered on the greatest foreign-policy fiasco in U.S. history. When they get something right for a change, I’ll start listening to them. Whatever they have to say about Iran is more likely to be the opposite of the truth.”