As the accolades and attaboys come in for [mc_name name=’Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY)’ chamber=’senate’ mcid=’P000603′ ] standing up against the continuation of NSA surveillance, we would do well to remember that this is a man who believes the GOP created ISIS.
While many candidates are saying that “knowing what they know now” they wouldn’t have supported the Iraq War, Paul went a step further and basically gave an updated version of his father’s view of 9/11; a view which received gasps and boos from the audience when Ron Paul espoused it during the 2007 Republican primary debates.
Those gasps have turned into agreement and head nodding among a war weary and increasingly libertarian-leaning Republican party.
As far as I’m concerned, Rand Paul’s view of ISIS and our role in “creating” them is pretty much a deal breaker. It shows such an uninformed and naive view of radical Islam that it makes me expect President Paul to be as dangerous as a President Obama in this regard. In fact I’ve reached the point where I question whether Obama might actually keep us safer than Rand Paul would.
Based on Governor Bobby Jindal’s remarks when he joined ABC this morning, I’d say he’s coming out where I am on this.
It’s not even a question of whether or not you supported the Iraq war then, or if you would still support it now. Had I known President Obama was going to come in and undo all the gains made between 2006-2011, I probably wouldn’t have supported going to war either. Because frankly, what’s the use of fighting a war that our leaders won’t permit us to win?
But Paul isn’t simply second-guessing the original mission. He’s providing a window into a view that ignores the nature of evil, likely because he’s too “nuanced” to believe something as archaic as “evil” exists.
It’s a view that is born from the same moral relativism that guides the foreign policy views of well-known idiots like Janeane Garofalo. The same ones that have bumper stickers with bits of wisdom like “one man’s terrorist is another man’s freedom fighter.”
Saying the GOP “created” ISIS is essentially the same as saying they have a justification for existing. As though to say they wouldn’t have NEEDED to exist if not for our meddling or bombing or whatever hippie language he would choose to use.
His view has no place in the post-9/11 world, much less a world that just saw an ISIS attack in Texas a few weeks ago.
He showed himself to be part of the blame-America first crowd that we on the right have lamented for years. He’s Ron Paul in a better suit and less crazy in his voice.
And I thank God that he will never be our president.