There have been many reasons for libertarians not to be too high on Rand Paul. But when even Barack Obama is more peaceful in any foreign policy decision that Rand would like, it really is time to call a spade a spade. I don’t hold out much hope that all libertarians will finally realize he is bad news, but that would say more about those libertarians than about Rand Paul.
Anyway, a nuclear deal has been made with Iran, but Rand Paul doesn’t like it. He prefers treating Iran with animosity. He couldn’t be farther removed from his father’s vision of foreign policy.
The libertarian position on Iran isn’t that difficult:
1: Iran is a sovereign nation and America doesn’t get to rule over its decision making. Anyone that thinks it should prefers to see America as an empire. Rand Paul obviously does so.
2: Even if Iran was developing a nuclear weapon; SO WHAT? How many of those does the U.S. have? The U.S. is also the only nation in the world ever to have used them. Yet Rand Paul thinks the U.S. is the nation to lecture other nations on whether or not they deserve to develop nuclear weapons. The arrogance of this is stunning. It is to be expected of the usual war hawks. Rand Paul is now one of them.
There is no more mistaking it: Rand Paul is an interventionist plain and simple; he is proving that by his stance on Iran as well as other regions like in the Russia/Ukraine conflict or when it comes to Israel and ISIS. Foreign intervention will always be the reason for big budgets, for creating new enemies and for more control domestically.
Personally i take no libertarian seriously that still stands behind Rand Paul, no matter the reputation of the former. The simple fact is that even Obama is now better on this issue than Rand Paul is. In fact, the wretched socialist Bernie Sanders is much, much better on foreign policy than Rand Paul is, and more believable in his opposition to the domestic police state.
For those libertarians who claim that foreign policy, especially war, is the single most important issue for libertarians, their credibility is completely shot when they insist on endorsing Rand over Bernie Sanders. Rand Paul is in no meaningful way the same as his father, politically speaking. Libertarians really need to get over that.