As he announced his intention to run for reelection in the Senate, Rand Paul declared he will run for “less war”, distancing himself from the traditional Republican foreign policy platform by adding that his colleague John McCain wishes to see the US involved in wars with 15 more countries.
Appearing at a Wall Street Journal sponsored event, Paul described himself as “one of the least reluctant to go to war” in the Senate.
“If I’m ever commander-in-chief, I will not want to take the country to war,” the Kentucky Republican added, saying “It will be the last resort and only when the country is united.”
“But I do believe less. I believe we’ve been everywhere all the time. We’re about to bankrupt our country and there is great danger to what we’ve been doing,” Paul elaborated
“I want less. McCain wants more. He wants 15 countries more or 15 wars more.” Paul said.
“There is a more and a less argument. When you poll that in Iowa, 45 percent agreed with McCain and 41 percent agreed with me.” Paul stated, citing a recent Bloomberg/Des Moines Register poll which asked respondents the following question.
The Republican Party has two main views on foreign policy. Which is closer to your view—should the U.S. be quicker to intervene in conflicts overseas, as John McCain suggests, or should the U.S. pull back current military engagements to be less interventionist in foreign policy, as Rand Paul suggests?
“This is not a small movement, nor is it easy to say people like myself, who believe in less intervention, can be characterized as people who don’t believe in a strong national defense,” Paul said. “That is a caricature and I will have to fight that, but we’ll see what happens.”
Paul has not held back on comments regarding McCain. Earlier this year, Paul blasted McCain for advocating further arming Syrian rebels. The Kentucky Senator noted that during a trip to Syria, McCain had been pictured with members of the Free Syrian Army, a group which is confirmed by US intelligence to have been infiltrated and compromised by ISIS terrorists.
An effort by McCain to counter Paul’s comments and smear him backfired when the Senator inadvertently admitted that he had been pictured with ISIS by stating that Paul doesn’t have the authority to disagree with US policies regarding ISIS because he hasn’t met up with members of the terror group, unlike McCain himself.
“Has Rand Paul ever been to Syria? Has he ever met with ISIS? Has he ever met with any of these people? No, no, no,” McCain said.
McCain also claimed, without providing any evidence, that it is “not true” that the moderate Syrian rebels have agreed a nonaggression pact with ISIS, information that Rand Paul highlighted following intelligence shared by UK rights groups indicating this is indeed the case.
Steve Watson is a London based writer and editor for Alex Jones’ Infowars.com, and Prisonplanet.com. He has a Masters Degree in International Relations from the School of Politics at The University of Nottingham, and a Bachelor Of Arts Degree in Literature and Creative Writing from Nottingham Trent University.